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Shanahan hopes kicking carousel ends with Forbath

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Shanahan hopes kicking carousel ends with Forbath

Kai Forbath has not kicked a field goal in an NFL regular season game, but that didnt bother Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan after he watched the 25-year-old outperform two seasoned veterans Tuesday.

Everybodys got inexperience to start out with, Shanahan said of Forbath, a first-year player out of UCLA. You have to have an opportunity. We had some great competition on this field and he won it through the competition.

Shanahan did not mention the other kickers by name, but Forbath confirmed earlier Tuesday that Olindo Mare and Josh Brown were his challengers. Mare played 13 seasons for three different teams.

We had a couple of other guys that were a little bit more experienced. One in particular was really seasoned, Shanahan continued. Forbath performed in a very tough situation.

In four seasons at UCLA, Forbath made 84.2 percent of his field goal attempts and was named college footballs best kicker in 2009. But he did not kickoff during his tenure with the Bruins.

That, however, was not a problem during Tuesdays tryout.

It was part of the evaluation process how they kickoff as well as how they perform with the field goals, Shanahan said. He won the job for both.

Shanahan said the team did not reach out to Graham Gano, who kicked for the Redskins from 2009-2011 before being released in training camp.Asked to revisit why the team gave up on Gano, Shanahan said, What you do is you get a gut feel from watching him everyday.

Ganos replacement, Billy Cundiff, lasted all but five games. Now its Forbaths chance to nail down a job thats been a revolving door in Washington for the past 18 years. On Sunday, Forbath will become the 19thkicker the Redskins have used in that span.

I was very impressed with the guy we got, Shanahan said of Forbath. Hopefully hell be here for the next 15 years so I dont have to answer any questions about kickers anymore. I know weve had a few in and out of here. Hopefully this is start of something new.

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Five Joshes causes confusion at Redskins training camp but not for Norman

Five Joshes causes confusion at Redskins training camp but not for Norman

One has to be careful telling a Josh to do something at the Redskins training camp.

There might be five different responses.

After spending a season as the primary Josh on the roster, Josh Norman has to get accustomed to the new Redskins life with multiple Joshes.

"We've got like five Joshes, like dude come on," Norman said. "'Josh look up' this one Josh turns, 'oh Josh Evans look up,' 'ehh another Josh.' Dude just get your guys right."

Here is a current look at all if the Joshes on the Washington Redskins:

  • #18 Josh Doctson, WR
  • #20 Josh Holsey, CB
  • #24 Josh Norman, CB
  • #39 Josh Evans, S
  • #40 Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB

"I've never been on a team with this many Joshes before," Norman said. 

This season is not going to be like 2016-17 where Norman is the main Josh on the roster. Last year there was only three Joshes with Doctson spending most of the season injury list and Evans only seeing action in two games.

On defense it makes it even more difficult this season because there are four guys practicing with the defensive unit, three in a defensive back position.

"Well I'm J-No, so I don't think they're going to confuse me. I got Torrian Gray right on that one the first day," said Norman.

Well that handles one Josh, with four remaining. According to Rich Tandler's pre-training camp roster prediction, one will join Norman on the defense with another on the bubble.

"Everybody is Joshing up this whole year, so its going to be a Josh year."

MORE REDSKINS: Despite one-year deal, Gruden still focused on Kirk Cousins

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Despite one-year contract, Gruden unequivocal about Kirk Cousins' position

Despite one-year contract, Gruden unequivocal about Kirk Cousins' position

RICHMOND - Looking at the contracts for the two most important people associated with the Washington Redskins, a clear discrepancy arises. The head coach, Jay Gruden, is under contract until 2020. The quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is only under contract for 2017. 

Some speculation suggested that, given the diverging deals, at some point Gruden might look to develop another passer that's locked in with the Redskins for the long-term. Backup QB Colt McCoy is under contract for the next two seasons, and second-year passer Nate Sudfeld is under team control through the 2019 season. 

Gruden made clear that isn't the case. Crystal clear. 

"We're focused on Kirk," the head coach said. "He's our starter and he's going to get all the starter reps. Period."

Cousins should obviously be the focus. In the past two seasons he's twice broken the Washington single season passing yards record, and his rise has coincided with the Redskins first back to back winning seasons in 20 years. 

As for practice reps, Cousins will get the vast majority. McCoy will get work, and Sudfeld too, but this Redskins team is focused on winning this season. 2018 contracts are not on the coach's mind in July of 2017, nor should they be. 

"Colt [McCoy] will take advantage of his reps, I'm sure he will. And Nate [Sudfeld] will get a few sprinkled in there. We're trying to develop Nate also for the future. But, this is Kirk's team right now, and it's our job to get him ready for Philadelphia and really surround him and make him feel good about the people around him. Trying to get him used to [Josh] Doctson, get him used to [Terrelle] Pryor, we have some new weapons around him, so it's a matter of getting him ready. But Kirk will get all of them."

With a rebuilt defense and plenty of options offensively, the Redskins should compete for a playoff spot this year. Is there a scenario where the team sputters and spirals into a lost season? Maybe. And in that hypothetical scenario, perhaps at some point it makes sense to see what another passer can do. It's a long shot. 

For Redskins fans, know that Cousins is the unequivocal starter. Period. 

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