The Minnesota Vikings are expected to make a significant move on special teams later today.
Vikings are expected to sign former Steelers’ punter Jordan Berry, per sources. They cannot officially make the move until later this afternoon.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2021
Berry spent the last six years as the punter in Pittsburgh. But despite his veteran standing with the team, the Steelers elected to release him, along with longsnapper Kameron Canaday, during final 53-man roster cuts on Tuesday. With his departure, rookie seventh-round pick Pressley Harvin III is set to take the starting job.
Despite kicking a career-high 45.8 yards per punt in 2020, Berry was met with heavy criticism from the Steelers’ fanbase this past season. Midway through the year, the team replaced him with two-time Pro-Bowl veteran Dustin Colquitt. But after just five games, the Pittsburgh organization re-signed Berry, who finished the year as the 19th ranked punter in yards per kick.
The Vikings are desperately in need of a punter after releasing Britton Colquitt (Dustin’s younger brother) on Wednesday. Colquitt served as Minnesota’s punter for the past two seasons, averaging 45.1 yards per kick.
As it stands right now, the Vikings are without a punter on their roster just over a week away from their Week 1 matchup against the Bengals.
That should change with the signing of Berry later this afternoon.
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