Report: Vikings will host kickoff specialist Lloyd

The Minnesota Vikings are going to kick the tires on a kickoff specialist today when they host Rhys Lloyd on a visit.

Rhys has been playing in Carolina, but the Panthers passed on the chance to tender him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent, making him unrestricted. He will go from Minnesota to visit the New York Giants on Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Llloyd, who played at the University of Minnesota in college, would team up with Ryan Longwell, who is well entrenched as the Vikings kicker. Longwell made 92.9 percent of his field goals last season but had only five touchbacks while playing eight home games indoors. Lloyd had 21 touchbacks last season, and that apparently is a skill the Vikings are considering paying for, not a bad move when you consider they play twice a year against one of the best return teams in the league, the Chicago Bears.

Carrying a second kicker can be tricky for teams because it costs them depth elsewhere. But if a team has a guy with a strong leg who consistently will bang kickoffs into the end zone, it can be worthwhile.

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