Grade vs. Giants: B
Comment: First-year player Kai Forbath has made folks quickly forget about the Redskins’ early season kicking struggles.
Forbath connected on field goals from 20, 43 and 45 yards. Add to that his 50-yarder against the Vikings and the 25-year-old is a perfect 4 for 4 in his young NFL career.
Forbath seems to have quickly discovered the chemistry and timing with his holder and snapper that eluded Billy Cundiff during his brief tenure in Washington.
On kickoffs Sunday, Forbath put five of six in the end zone but only two resulted in touchbacks. The Giants returned four of Forbath’s kicks for a total of 106 yards (26.5 yards per return). Thirty-two of those yards came on the opening kickoff after an offsides infraction on Chris Wilson forced the Redskins to re-kick.
A major concern entering the game was the health of punter Sav Rocca, who had injured his right knee while jogging on Thursday. It never became a factor because the Redskins went for it on fourth down three times (and converted each of them), leaving Rocca with just one opportunity to punt – a unimpressive 33-yarder in the third quarter. Good coverage, however, forced Rueben Randall to call for a fair catch.
The big story line on special teams has been Forbath’s accuracy. He may not produce touchbacks as often as Cundiff, but as long as he puts the ball between the uprights, he’s a big-time upgrade at an often undervalued position.
Something to monitor: Long snapper Nick Sundberg (broken arm) has been cleared to resume practice and will do so Wednesday. He cannot, however, suit up for a game until Week 11 per NFL rules.
Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.
He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out.
There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss.
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Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it.
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Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.
It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.
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Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:
You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:
They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat):
For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.
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