MANKATO, Minn. -- It didn't take Minnesota Vikings rookie punter Jeff Locke long to show how he's different from Chris Kluwe -- and it's not in his tweeting habits.
Early in training camp, Locke displayed a punting technique that is growing in popularity in the NFL but wasn't used by Kluwe, Minnesota's punter for the last eight seasons and the franchise leader with a 44.4-yard gross punting average.
Training camp spectators well used to Kluwe's deep spiraling punts got the first chance to see Locke's end-over-end style, the emerging style borrowed from Australian Rules football when trying to land punts deep in opponents' territory.
"When we're punting and trying to pin the opponent deep, you can control the distance better with that end-over-end style punt and if it bounces, 80 percent of the time it bounces backward and doesn't go into the end zone," Locke said.
One of Kluwe's strengths in his career was his directional punting and he's the all-time Vikings leader in punts do...