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Grading the Redskins: Special teams regress

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Grading the Redskins: Special teams regress

Grade vs. Steelers: D

Comment: Kai Forbath remained perfect on field goals, connecting from 48 and 45 yards out. The first-year player is now 6-for-6 and 4-for-4 from 40-49 yards.

But Forbath also had a point after attempt blocked because he kicked the ball too low, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. On four kickoffs, meantime, Forbath sent only one kick into the end zone for a touchback.

Despite the uneven performance, Shanahan had some encouraging words for Forbath after the game, saying, “That’s a guy taking advantage of an opportunity. For a guy to come in and do what he’s done, having never been in the National Football League, it’s pretty impressive to me.”

The Redskins also had trouble on punts. Sav Rocca, whom Shanahan revealed has kicked the past two weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, had a costly shanked punt in the second quarter. The 12-yarder set up the Steelers on their own 45 yard line and they eventually parlayed the field position into three points.

In the third quarter, a 46-yard punt was returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Antonio Brown. Fortunately for the Redskins, it was negated by an illegal block.

For the most part, the special teams units had appeared to steady themselves after a rocky start to the season. This performance, however, will have people asking questions again. 

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Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

Report: Kevin O’Connell to be hired as Redskins QB coach, possibly signaling future moves

The Redskins are reported to have a new quarterbacks coach. Normally that is not news that moves the needle much but if the report proves to be accurate the move has some big implications for the Redskins coaching staff. 

First, about the coach. Kevin O’Connell was most recently an offensive assistant with the 49ers. Prior to that he was a quarterback who spent time with the Patriots, who drafted him out of San Diego State in the third round in 2008, Lions, Jets, Dolphins, and Chargers. He only saw the field the Patriots and he attempted just six passes. His addition as the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach was reported by Fox Sports.

Related: Redskins offensive coordinator resume: Matt Cavanaugh

The thing is, the Redskins don’t officially have an opening for a quarterbacks coach. The job is held by Matt Cavanaugh. However, the Redskins do need an offensive coordinator since Sean McVay left last week to become the head coach of the Rams. Moving Cavanaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 13 seasons before starting a 23-year career in coaching, to offensive coordinator, seems to be the logical move to make to many. 

If O’Connell’s addition to the staff does indeed become a reality, that would all but confirm that Cavanaugh is getting the promotion. Nothing is official until it’s official but this seems to be the way things are heading. 

Stay tuned to CSNmidatlantic.com for the latest. 

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Report: Redskins RB Rob Kelley undergoes knee procedure

Report: Redskins RB Rob Kelley undergoes knee procedure

According to a report from Ben Standig of Breaking Burgundy, Redskins running back Rob Kelley has undergone a knee procedure already this off-season.

Kelley has reportedly already resumed walking following the minor procedure.

The injury, which occured in a Week 16 matchup against Chicago, is not expected to impact Kelley into the 2017 season.

Kelley came out of nowhere an impressed in the pre-season and took over the starting job from Matt Jones in Week 9.

Stay tuned for more updates on Kelley.

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