By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Originally posted to VikingsJournal.com...
Two years ago, kicker Blair Walsh took the field for the firs time as a rookie and subsequently took the league by storm. That season, he was 35-for-38 kicking field goals (92.1%) including an NFL record of 10-for-10 from beyond 50 yards. Add in his 100% PAT rate (36-for-36) and Rick Spielman was starting to look like a genius after replacing veteran kicker Ryan Longwell with the big-legged rookie.
After an impressive rookie campaign, Walsh experienced a bit of a sophomore slump a year ago. 2013 saw a leg injury plague Blair and in-turn, his field goal percentage dropped down to 86.7% (26-for-30) including three misses from 50+ yards. Then there was a missed extra point as well.
Fast forward to 2014 and we've already seen Blair Walsh miss two field goals from beyond 50 yards in the preseason and an extra point from the tested 35 yard mark. So at what point should we start to be bothered by Walsh's apparent struggles?