UPDATE: The Vikings have, in fact, released Ryan Quigley to make room for Matt Wile on the roster.
Original story follows:
Throughout the preseason, one of the players on the Minnesota Vikings roster that was thought to be the safest was punter Ryan Quigley. The team brought in no competition for him during the offseason or the preseason, and there weren’t any indications that the team was looking to replace him.
Until now, apparently.
The Vikings claimed former Steelers P Matt Wile off of waivers, per source. Will be interesting to see what that means for incumbent starter Ryan Quigley.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 2, 2018
Field Yates of ESPN is reporting that the Vikings have claimed punter Matt Wile off of the waiver wire. Wile spent this preseason punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wile played his college ball at the University of Michigan, and has bounced around a bit since graduating in 2014. He has spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, and Atlanta Falcons in his career. He has appeared in four NFL games, all in 2016. He appeared in one game for the Falcons and three for the Cardinals that season.
In those four games, he punted 12 times, with a net average of 43.0 yards. He had one punt blocked, and dropped two punts inside the 20 yard line. Three of his punts were fair caught, and seven were returned for an average of just over five yards/return.
Quigley had a decent season for the Vikings in 2017, going the entire regular season without registering a touchback. However, he had one of the lowest net yardage figures in the league, with his 39.2 yard net average placing him at 29th in the NFL.
So, it appears that the Minnesota Vikings are going to have a new punter. What do you think of that, ladies and gentlemen?