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Draft Scout Jeff Locke News
09/26/16 - P Jeff Locke said the past two games have been his best in back-to-back weeks as a pro, as he has downed eight of 14 punts inside the 20. His 62-yarder that was downed at the 7 and moved to the 4 because of a Carolina penalty on Sunday is what led to a safety at a point when the Vikings had fallen behind 10-0. Locke also had a 58-yarder downed at the 2, and a 50-yarder that had a minus-1-yard return.
09/19/16 - P Jeff Locke tied a team record with five punts downed inside the 20. The last player to do it was Chris Kluwe in 2007. The feat has been done four other times, including twice by Mitch Berger.
08/20/16 - P Jeff Locke continued his inconsistent pattern with two more aggravating touchbacks to go along with three punts downed inside the 20. The Vikings have shown a lot of faith in Locke and could regret not bringing in another punter to compete for the job.
08/15/16 - P Jeff Locke made a mistake that didn't help his case against those who are puzzled by the team's decision not to bring in someone to compete for his job. Although Locke downed four of six punts inside the 20, he also out-kicked his coverage with a 61-yarder that was returned 80 yards for a touchdown late in the game. Out-kicking the coverage is probably the No. 1 thing a punter shouldn't do in special teams coordinator Mike Priefer's eyes.
08/09/16 - P Jeff Locke has been consistently inconsistent throughout his first three NFL seasons. But the Vikings have resisted the urge to bring another punter in to compete with Locke. Coaches insist he'll be fine and is looking good in practice. But they've said that before. One of the reasons they're sticking with Locke might have to do with his other job as the holder on place-kicks. He's not the best holder in the league, but the Vikings are reluctant to make any changes that could impact kicker Blair Walsh, whose confidence needs continuity after last season ended with him missing a 27-yard field goal with 22 seconds left in the 10-9 playoff loss to Seattle.