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Kicker competition? Not so fast

Ryan Longwell

When the Vikings signed Taylor Melhaff on Dec. 30, there was concern from Ryan Longwell's camp. New special teams coordinator Brian Murphy cautioned about reading too much into the situation.

After four years in purple, Ryan Longwell is already considered one of the better kickers in franchise history, but that hasn't kept him from showing concern over the team signing Taylor Mehlhaff at the end of December. It probably didn't help ease those concerns when Brian Murphy was named the special teams coordinator less than a month later, after Paul Ferraro left to become a defensive coach...

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