Through two preseason games, the Redskins kicking competition has yet to gain any traction.Neil Rackers is 1 for 2 on field goals both attempts coming in Chicago and Graham Gano still is waiting for his first shot at one.Its just how the rotation works, Gano said, shrugging. Weve got a couple more games left, so Im sure well get some opportunities.Gano is trying to fend off Rackers, who was signed in the offseason to challenge him. Rackers connected from 28 yards and missed from 54 against the Bears.In practice last week, it appeared Rackers had gained an edge over the incumbent. Rackers went 9 for 9 in a head-to-head kicking competition, while Gano missed four attempts, including one from 32 yards.Frustrated but undeterred, Gano studied the film and made the necessary adjustments. In the next head-to-head competition, Gano was perfect, making all five of his attempts. Rackers, meantime, missed twice, from 30 and 37 yards.Gano wouldnt reveal what the flaw in his mechanics was, but he said Tuesday that its fixed and now hes ready to show what he can do in games.Provided, of course, the Redskins get into field goal range when its his turn to kick.It was definitely frustrating at the time, Gano said. It was an easy fix. You look at the film and you go, Wow, I cant believe that happened. You learn from it, fix it and move on.
The Redskins and Buccaneers are going to wrap up their preseason earlier than the other 30 teams in the NFL, thanks to some inclement weather that's heading toward Tampa Bay.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the matchup between the two NFC squads has been bumped up a day to try and avoid what looks like a lot of precipitation and winds in Florida, courtesy of Tropical Depression Nine:
Tampa Bay's game vs Washington is being moved to Wednesday because of incoming weather, league source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2016
Washington sent out this tweet in response to the news:
We support the decision made by the Buccaneers and the NFL. We look forward to our game on Wednesday. https://t.co/LtR7zlbbt8— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 30, 2016
"It has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, according to the Bucs' website. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."
The exhibition finale is slated to start at 8 p.m. Redskins Kickoff will air on CSN at 7 p.m., with Redskins Extra following the matchup.
Get ready for some Hump Day Football.
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Earlier this month at training camp, Nick Sundberg complimented Dustin Hopkins' "huge vert" and admired his "great hand-eye coordination" in an effort to publicize that the Redskins kicker is as athletic as they come. Unfortunately, it appears that Sundberg forgot at least one key skill in Hopkins' repertoire: The ability to hit mammoth taters off of helpless little kids.
Check out this gem of a video that the 25-year-old tweeted out on Monday night:
That poor whippersnapper served that pitch up on a platter along with a note that said, "Please annihilate me." Hopkins obliged. That ball is probably still going.
Next time, the youngsters should skip over baseball and propose a game of hide and seek instead. And the pitcher should spearhead that proposal.
Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.
The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.
The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:
Heart eyes pic.twitter.com/4OH98wLhhB— Kaysav✨ (@kaylaaa_x333) August 27, 2016
"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"
Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch.