Carlson was waived by the Vikings on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. This news is hardly surprising after Carlson missed three field goals in Sunday's tie with Green Bay -- a game in which Carlson missed a potential game-winner from 35 yards out in overtime. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Vikings are expected to sign veteran Dan Bailey to replace him.
Carlson converted his only field-goal attempt -- from 48 yards -- and made both extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the 49ers. After missing two field goals in one preseason game, Carlson caused some frayed nerves among Minnesota coaches. He was perfect in his pro debut, but the 2018 fifth-round draft pick may not have a lot of job security should he slump.
Carlson made both field-goal attempts (from 39 and 22 yards) and his only extra-point attempt in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee. Carlson missed both field-goal attempts -- each from 42 yards -- in last week's game after winning the kicking job. His perfect final preseason game should ease some concerns heading into Week 1. Still, Carlson may not have much job security if he struggles early in the season.
Carlson has won the Vikings' kicker job, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The team released Kai Forbath on Monday, ending the competition halfway through the preseason. Carlson's status as a fifth-round pick made him the favorite all along, and Forbath probably lost his chance when the rookie nailed a 57-yard field goal and four extra-point attempts in the first week of the preseason. Given the overall strength of his team, Carlson is worth considering as a borderline top-10 kicker. The Vikings tied for eighth in field-goal attempts (38) and ninth in extra-point attempts (39) last season.
Carlson converted his only extra point opportunity and did not attempt a field goal during Saturday's 14-10 preseason loss to the Jaguars. The most important development for Carlson didn't even come off his own foot, as veteran Kai Forbath clanked a 41-yard field goal attempt off the upright in the second quarter. The rookie didn't receive many opportunities to generate points, but he could get the first crack at field-goal opportunities next week against the Seahawks. The kickers are locked in a position battle, and Carlson could have his opportunity to inch ahead after Saturday's developments.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/28||@Los Angeles Rams||3||4.00|
|7||10/21||@New York Jets||6||4.67|
|8||10/29||New Orleans Saints||17||7.00|
|12||11/26||Green Bay Packers||16||7.00|
|13||12/02||@New England Patriots||31||9.67|