In their quest to solve some of their issues on field goals and extra points, the Minnesota Vikings are leaving no stone unturned in the early portions of Training Camp.
That is Chad Beebe, the frontrunner for the No. 3 receiver spot, working on holding.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 27, 2019
Getting an opportunity to work as a holder in practices on Saturday was wide receiver Chad Beebe and not punter Matt Wile. The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that Adam Thielen even got some opportunities to work as a holder.
Now, I’m not sure if Thielen filled that role at Minnesota State-Mankato, but one of the people that replied to Pelissero’s tweet said that Beebe did serve as a holder in three of his four years at Northern Illinois. At least it’s not totally foreign to him, in any case.
There hasn’t been any indication yet as to whether Thielen or Beebe actually has an opportunity to usurp Wile as the team’s holder, but if they did it would represent a significant change for the Vikings. The Vikings have been using their punters to handle holding duties for a long time, all the way back to Chris Kluwe handling the duties during the Brad Childress era.
I haven’t managed to drill down far enough to see what position the field goal/extra point holders for the other 31 NFL teams play to this point, so I’m not sure how many of them are using non-punters or non-quarterbacks as their holders. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that Julian Edelman handles holding duties for the New England Patriots, but I don’t know of any others off the top of my head. You would think, however, that having someone that’s a little more athletic handling the position could, potentially, open up a couple of different avenues as far as possible fakes are concerned.
At this point, I don’t think Vikings fans really care about who snaps, who holds, and who kicks. They just want to see footballs going through goal posts when the situation calls for it. If that means you put a wide receiver out there to hold the ball steady, then so be it.