In addition to a head strength and conditioning coach, the Redskins announced today that they had signed kicker Justin Medlock. This likely sets up a training camp kicker battle between Medlock and late-season addition Graham Gano.
Medlock’s claim to fame at this point has to be his 7/7 performance in one game for the Toronto Argonauts last August. He was successful from 15, 46, 51, 51, 32, 52 and 17 yards, plus one extra point. Medlock also punted seven times in that game, for a 38.6 yard average. This performance was so notable that it has actually earned its own two-and-a-half minute highlight reel on the Argonauts’s website — even thought they went on to lose the game.
Medlock finished the CFL season 40-of-46 on field goals and 22-of-22 on extra points. I think it’s nice that the Redskins are celebrating the start of the Winter Games in Canada by signing a guy who saw some success in the CFL.
His NFL career to date, however, has been a little less remarkable.
Medlock was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, who promptly traded Lawrence Tynes away and named Medlock the presumptive starter, a journey that was also chronicled in that year’s season of Hard Knocks.
This did not end well, and Medlock was released after Week 1.
(That week 1 loss was to the Houston Texans, which is good because every player or coach the Redskins sign this offseason is apparently required to have some tie to either the Texans or the Broncos. As a further coincidence, Medlock was then replaced by Dave Rayner, who was Shaun Suisham’s competition in Redskins camp last season.)
He spent the 2008 offseason working with the St. Louis Rams (that’s where the AP photo above came from) but didn’t make it to the regular season, which his last pro action before his campaign with the Argonauts.
Still, he obviously gained some serious experience in Canada, and it’ll be interesting to see if it can translate to the NFL. And, so as not to leave it on such a negative note, here’s another CFL video of Medlock doing some community relations work with an aspiring young kicker in Canada.
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