Questions Answered: A Sudden Kicker Addition, Crowded RG Battle, Akayleb Evans

Sep 11, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners place kicker Gabe Brkic (47) kicks during the first quarter against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the Cinco de Mayo edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected].

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Q: I thought Greg Joseph was the guy at kicker. I believe you guys did, too. Does this new rookie kicker have an inside track for the job?

Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic. Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Oklahoma won 16-13. Lx13395

A: Yes, he does.

He was reportedly signed for three years, so he is likely the next Minnesota Vikings kicker. Or, at the very least, he will become the team’s placekicker before too long.

The man, Gabe Brkic, had a tremendous college career. This is how good kickers usually tunnel to teams — undrafted free agency.

Greg Joseph deserves a fair shot to retain his job, but this Oklahoma guy is probably the odds-on favorite to take over sooner than later.

Q: I was thinking about this earlier — are there too many guys battling for the right guard position?

Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; LSU Tigers guard Ed Ingram (70) reacts after a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels during the first half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

A: No, it’s not too many.

With the Zimmer teams since 2018, a couple of menial performers would try out for the job. One would get the RG1 title. Then, he’d stink. On to the next one.

Thrusting Jesse Davis, Wyatt Davis, Chris Reed, Oli Udoh, and Ed Ingram into battle is a good thing. Phoenix from the ashes stuff.

Unless the plan is to sling Ingram over to center, a job currently manned by Garrett Bradbury, Ingram should be classified as the frontrunner for the RG job.

Q: What role do you foresee for new CB Akayleb Evans?

Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri defensive back Akayleb Evans (DB11) talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

A: He needs time for polish, but Evans could see snaps when Patrick Peterson, Cameron Dantzler, or Andrew Booth miss games. They’re cornerbacks, so they will get hurt.

That will be Evans’ time to blossom. Thankfully, there is no emphatic rush. Evans was selected in the 4th Round, a spot where he could excel in the NFL or flunk out, and few would notice. Fourth-rounders are like that.

We predict Evans will play an influential role in 2023 and beyond.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).