Forbath went 1-for-2 on field goal attempts during Saturday's 14-10 preseason loss to the Jaguars.
Forbath connected on a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, but he watched in agony as an attempt from 41 yards out clanked off the upright in the second stanza. He is in the midst of a position battle with rookie Daniel Carlson this preseason and Saturday's miscue could give the latter first crack at field goal opportunities next week against the Seahawks.
Forbath was limited to kickoffs in Minnesota's first preseason game while rookie Daniel Carlson was 4-for-4 in field goal and point-after attempts (including a 57-yard field goal). However, head coach Mike Zimmer said the competition remains open. "We want to make sure we're doing the right thing as opposed to a hasty decision," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The two kickers will likely reverse roles in the second preseason game with Forbath getting chances to kick field goals. Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the Vikings later took Carlson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. We'd think Carlson would be the favorite for the job since the Vikings spent a draft pick on him, but the competition remains open.
Forbath and rookie Daniel Carlson were "neck and neck" all spring in the competition for the starting placekicker job and the competition may last through the first couple of preseason games or longer, special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer told Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com.
Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the Vikings later took Carlson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. We'd think Carlson would be the favorite for the job since the Vikings spent a draft pick on him, but the competition will be one to watch this preseason.
Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the renewing of vows between the two could be short-lived. Newly-acquired kicker Daniel Carlson is believed to be one best kickers in this year's draft class. Forbath's time in Minnesota could be up, but he'll likely still be kicking for someone else next season.
Forbath joined the Vikings in the aftermath of the Blair Walsh fiasco in 2016 and hasn't looked back, despite a challenge from Marshall Koehn in training camp last year. During 23 regular-season games with the team, Forbath has notched double-digit points nine times, powered by 45 of 53 on extra-point attempts and 47 of 53 on field-goal tries. Assuming he upholds that standard in 2018, he should rank among the top-10 kickers backing up a Kirk Cousins-led offense.
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