The Vikings have apparently decided upon who their kicker will be in 2017. And unfortunately for Marshall Koehn, it isn’t him. Per Ian Rapoport:
The #Vikings have some kicker news: Kai Forbath has won the job, as of now. Rookie Marshall Koehn was informed of his release, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2017
Koehn showed off a big leg in the preseason, highlighted by his impressive 58-yard field goal in the third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. But ultimately, accuracy concerns likely led to to Koehn being released. He missed a 47-yard attempt later in that game and missed an extra point in the season finale.
That means, of course, that the Vikings will be retaining Kai Forbath for another season in Minnesota. Forbath might not have the distance on his kicks that Koehn can provide, but he has been consistently more accurate throughout the preseason. Forbath made every kick he attempted in the preseason. In fact, he has yet to miss a field goal during game action in a Vikings uniform. [Editor’s note: **KNOCKS ON WOOD**]
So that’s one positional battle resolved. Stay tuned for much, much more news about the latest cuts and additions as the Vikings choose the 53 men they’ll have against the New Orleans Saints in ten days.