According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the incumbent Vikings kicker hung up when reached by phone after the Vikings made Carlson a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.
When a team takes a kicker in the middle rounds of the draft, that’s a fairly clear message that the kicker will be the kicker right away. Teams typically don’t have backup kickers or punters; when making that kind of move, the decision has been made to make the rookie the kicker.
McDaniels falls from a Bill Belichick coaching tree that has produced several bad apples, while Reich comes to town fresh off a two-year stretch with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. While there, the quarterback whisperer helped turn raw North Dakota State product Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate in less than 18 months. And then when he lost Wentz, his offense didn’t miss a beat with Nick Foles en route to Super Bowl LII.
He played 67 snaps on defense and 57 on special teams last season.
NFL: Matt Patricia denies 1996 allegation More “As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation,” Patricia said in a statement issued by the Lions. “I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done.”
Thankfully, the truth is on my side, he added. I find it upsetting that someone would bring up this claim two decades later with the intent of trying to damage my credibility.
Robert Snell of the Detroit News revealed details of the 1996 case, which saw the then-21-year-old Patricia charged with a violent sexual assault of an unnamed woman. The then-21-year-old college student said Patricia and another man barged into her hotel room and took turns assaulting her when they were on spring break at South Padre Island, Texas.