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Good and bad: Tale of two specialists

Jeff Locke struggled on many of his punts, but Adam Thielen looked like a seasoned punt returner. Thielen and coordinator Mike Priefer reviewed the performances.

The preseason opener couldn’t have gone much different for a pair of second-year players on opposite ends of the punting game. Jeff Locke, the Minnesota Vikings’ 2013 fifth-round draft choice, was unsteady with his punts. He got plenty of chances but averaged only 38.9 yards on eight punts with a 36.8-yard net. “It wasn’t the wind. It wasn’t the weather – it was a beautiful night,” special teams...

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