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Why are punt returns difficult for Vikings?

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Egan — After every practice at the TCO Performance Center, some players stand about 50 yards from a machine that fires footballs into the air like cannons. Players take turns scrambling under a ball in the air and eventually settle under it. Grabbing the ball off the machine is something Minnesota’s Vikings returner has struggled with making actual punts since the departure of veteran Marcus Sherrells in 2018 (and he briefly returned in 2019). It is quite different from catching.

Special teams coordinator Matt Daniels said it all starts with getting the ball safely.