Vikings claim punter Matt Wile from Steelers; release Ryan Quigley

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Wile has played in four career games, lost battle to Steelers incumbent in preseason

The Vikings' continued punting issues have forced a change in Minnesota.

Ryan Quigley made the Vikings' initial 53-man roster after going unchallenged in the preseason, but Minnesota claimed punter Matt Wile off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and released Quigley.

Quigley had the league's worst gross punting average (42.2 yards per punt) in his only season with the Vikings last year. He was 27th in net average (39.2) but was the only punter in the league to not have a touchback.

Issues arose during the preseason though, both with the punting and coverage units.

Quigley averaged 46.0 gross yards per punt in the preseason and 36.4 net yards.

Wile, competing with Pittsburgh's incumbent Jordan Berry, had eight punts in the preseason. He averaged 49.0 gross yards per punt and had a 48.8-yard net average.

"He had a good preseason," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday of Wile. "He didnt punt today, but he did a nice job holding, so well see. His hang time was really good, his average was good. We just didnt feel like we were punting very well in the preseason."

Wile, 26, has appeared in four career NFL games, last coming in 2016. He played three games for the Arizona Cardinals and one with the Atlanta Falcons. He has averaged 39.7 net yards on 12 career punts.

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