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Grading the Redskins: Forbath remains perfect

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Grading the Redskins: Forbath remains perfect

Special teams

Grade vs. Cowboys: B+

Comment: The field goal unit was pressed into duty only one time Thursday, and the call didn’t come until late in the fourth quarter of a game that was in jeopardy of slipping away.

But first-year kicker Kai Forbath delivered with the cool and calm of a seasoned veteran. With the Redskins’ lead whittled to 35-28, the 25-year-old drilled a 48-yarder with 3:03 remaining to put the Redskins up by two scores.

“I told the guys that was probably the drive that saved our season,” Coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. Forbath added: “I went out and said, ‘We made this kick 10 times in warmups today. Why not make it now?’ And I hit it good to keep the streak going.”

Forbath is now 10 for 10 on field goals, including hitting six from 40-49 yards, to start his NFL career.

Forbath was also much better on kickoffs at Cowboys Stadium. After putting only one of his five kickoffs in the end zone against the Eagles, he took advantage of the semi-enclosed arena and put six of his seven kickoffs into the zone, including three for touchbacks. The hang time on his kicks also was much-improved, giving the coverage more time to get downfield. 

“I felt more comfortable being inside,” Forbath said. “And there was good footing on the turf, so I was more confident.”

As good as the Redskins were on special teams, there were a couple of miscues worth noting. For the second straight week, the punt team was flagged for a penalty – Perry Riley for illegal formation against the Eagles and Niles Paul for a false start vs. Dallas.

Also, Brandon Banks attempted to return a 64-yard punt in the first quarter after fielding the ball in the end zone. A curious decision, indeed, Banks was pushed out of bounds at the 7-yard line.

“Brandon is a smart guy and sometimes smart guys with a lot of ability try to make plays,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough with a guy who really believes he’s going to make plays. But we’re going to take a hard look at it and make sure that he makes the decisions in the best interest of our football team.”

Overall, though, special teams were a plus for the Redskins on an afternoon that featured little margin for error.

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Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

Redskins trade for Bryan Stork made official

In the course of a few hours, the Redskins’ trade with the Patriots for center Bryan Stork was on, then it was off, then it maybe was on again.

Now it is official.

The Redskins announced that they have traded for Stork, who has been New England’s staring center for most of the last two years, in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

That’s where we were earlier this afternoon after media reports that the Redskins had dealt for Stork first emerged. But then it was reported that Stork, who has suffered from multiple concussions during his two NFL seasons, was going to retire. But it appears that he decided against that and he will report to Redskins Park.

Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.

In Washington, Stork will compete with Kory Lichtensteiger for the starting center job.

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Is Bryan Stork retiring instead of joining the Redskins?

Is Bryan Stork retiring instead of joining the Redskins?

On Wednesday afternoon, the New England Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick, confirmed CSN Insider JP Finlay.

But shortly after news of the deal broke, it appeared as if Stork, a 25-year-old former Florida State offensive lineman, was leaning toward retiring instead of joining the Redskins.

Former Redskins tight end and ESPN 980 host Chris Cooley was the first to reveal the information, doing so in a somewhat cryptic tweet.

However, nothing is official and the situation is very up in the air.

Stork started for the 2014 National Championship Seminoles team and the Super Bowl XLIX-winning Patriots team.

Stork is known for his physicality, but started the 2015 on injured reserve due to a concussion and neck injury. He was activated on Nov. 7, 2015 and played the very next day against the Redskins. 

The trade with the Redskins came a few hours after it was reported that the Patriots were going to release him.

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Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

Patriots trade C Bryan Stork to Redskins

The Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, the team announced late Wednesday afternoon.

Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the news, confirmed by CSN's JP Finlay. 

The news is unexpected following reports earlier in the day that Stork had been released. 

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In fact, Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay explored whether Washington should sign the former first-round pick a few hours ago. 

The Patriots selected Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Florida State, and in two seasons with New England he has started 17 games. Stork has also dealt with concussion issues, last year playing just eight games and starting six.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 lbs., Stork is big for a center. Current Redskins starter Kory Lichtensteiger lists at 6-foot-2 and 295 lbs., and was limited to five regular season games last season.

The Redskins have Lichtensteiger, Spencer Long and Josh LeRibeus competing at the center position, but none have the high-end potential that a Stork could bring to the position. 

Unfortunately, in addition to concussion issues, Stork has been kicked out of practices for fighting and can cross the line separating legal and dirty play on the field, according to CSNNE.com Patriots beat writer Phil Perry

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