Packers claim kicker Gabe Brkic off waivers

The team released kicker Dominik Eberle to make room on their 90 man roster. 

The Packers swapped out their backup kicker for a new one today after claiming Gabe Brkic off waivers from the Vikings. 

The Oklahoma product signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in May and went through most of their offseason program prior to be released last Friday. 

From Brian Maafi's write up of Brkic in the Cheesehead TV Draft Guide:

"Attended Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio, where he handled kicking and punting duties. He redshirted his first season at Oklahoma, although he did kick in one game against Florida Atlantic. In 2019, he took over kicking duties for the Texas Tech game in late September. He finished the season 17/17 on field goals and 52/52 on PATs and was the only kicker in the nation to hit 100 percent of his kicks that season. He also handled all kickoff duties. For the 2020 season, Brkic connected on 20 of 26 field goals and all 49 of his PATs. He connected on eight from 40 or more, and four of them were 50 or more. In his final season in Norman, he had his first missed PAT. 

Brkic has the strongest leg in the class, with the ability to make 60-yard field goals, but he has accuracy issues at longer distances. Some of it is the way he hits the ball, and some of it seems to be a confidence issue. He has a lot of kickoff experience, having kicked off 264 times with 134 touchbacks in his career. His kickoffs leave something to be desired for such a strong leg; the hang time is inconsistent. He will need to work on consistency with his foot placement. When his accuracy is off, it’s usually because he hits it closer to his big toe on the inside of his foot."

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CheesyTex's picture

June 13, 2022 at 07:02 pm

Churn.

Love the way Packers are constantly looking to upgrade.

Now maybe a long-snapper?

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PatrickGB's picture

June 13, 2022 at 07:19 pm

Maybe as a kickoff specialist who can also punt? Makes sense. He could spell both the kicker and the punter. And maybe there will be more time devoted to ST’s this year? Even if he doesn’t stick he would be helpful on the practice squad. I think if he can work on hitting the football with his foot instead of his toe he could be good. I like this move.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:39 am

Gabe, go ahead..."k-i-c-k-e-r" ; "p-u-n-t-e-r"?

"He could spell both the kicker and the punter"

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Grandfathered's picture

June 13, 2022 at 07:49 pm

Something about a Viking castoff kicker - does not sound promising.

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Johnblood27's picture

June 13, 2022 at 09:53 pm

Shoulda kept Molson.

if called up from the PS late in the season to kick at Lambeau it would have been time for a cold Molson...

I cannot believe they let this guy walk.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:58 am

Better to bring all the Moleskin you got....just sayin...

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Rarescope's picture

June 13, 2022 at 11:57 pm

Brkic? At first I was sure that had to be a typo. Then I realized no, he’s been on a mission from god since birth to be a kicker for the Packers.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:54 am

Oh boy...change a few letters around...Brick!?! Nooo, triple-doink please!!!

She's a Brick Houseee.....cranking it so the neighbors know full well I am going to own today!

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dobber's picture

June 14, 2022 at 07:45 pm

Vowels? We don't need no stinking vowels!

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Lphill's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:27 am

Pretty good stats let’s see what good coaching could do for him.

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Johnblood27's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:39 am

Hell, the incentive to NOT be wearing that God-awful purple should be enough to catapult him beyond Crosby and on to a Pro Football Hall of Fame career.

Losers like those traitors Favre, Longwell, Sullivan, etc who don the purple deserve just what they get - hilda braids and a stoopid horn.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:42 am

Hey, JBlood, you got horns?

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Johnblood27's picture

June 14, 2022 at 05:44 pm

That's not how I roll...

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

June 14, 2022 at 09:41 am

Not excited about a kicker with confidence issues. Mason is sleeping better tonight.

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