After a Week one loss to the Miami Dolphins, Washington wanted someone to blame. And Kicker Kai Forbath is the one taking the fall.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Forbath is being cut by the team after only missing one field goal, a 46-yarder during Sunday’s 17-10 disappointment. The 28-year-old went 24-for-27 last season and is 60-for-69 is his three-year NFL career. In fact, the Kicker holds a team record for the highest career success rate on field goals.
One kick isn’t the only reason for his release, as he also worried coaches in the kickoff department, averaging 61.7 yards per sendoff with only 48 touchbacks on 122 attempts, placing him at 27th among kickers last year on touchbacks.
To replace Forbath, Washington has has signed former New Orleans Saints Kicker Dustin Hopkins, who tried out on Monday as Head Coach Jay Gruden confirmed. Hopkins, a recent Florida State graduate has still yet to attempt a regular-season NFL field goal.
Washington has had an array Kickers over the last few years, and even drafted one, Zach Hocker last year in the seventh round of last year’s draft. Previous kickers on the team include veterans Graham Gano and Shaun Suisham.
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