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The Saturday Scoop On Special Teams

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 8:46 pm

Sav Rocca, courtesy of mm.afl.com.au

No other Redskins blog will take you this far undercover in special teams.  No other blog has this level of coverage.

But I know you care, so I write it for you.

Saturday was actually a pretty big day for special teams as the unit has started to take shape.  The Redskins got good news today, as the Australian Prince of Punting, Sav Rocca, arrived at Redskins Park.

He joined long snapper Nick Sundberg, and the Graham Group (Shayne Graham and Graham Gano) practicing field goal snaps from the Jugs machine.  I don’t know if the intention is for Rocca to be the holder, but he looks like a natural.

Check out the great footage of air-kicks below:

There are a couple things to take away from this video.

First of all, Rocca claps for Graham Gano, so the air-kick must have been good.  He doesn’t clap for Shayne Graham, so perhaps he shanks his air-kick?

Secondly, Shayne Graham lines up farther away from the ball, which caused me to change the angle on my camera-work.

Thirdly, I followed the trajectory of where the ball would have gone, had it actually been kicked.

For the record, the unit did kick real field goals on the far field during practice.  Of course it happened when cameras weren’t allowed, so this is all of the footage for now.

Also check out this footage of rookie receiver Niles Paul on return drills:

Paul has participated in these drills everyday and could get looks at returner in the upcoming preseason games.  He’s been very impressive so far in camp.

More on the kicking controversy Monday!

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3 Responses to “The Saturday Scoop On Special Teams”

  1. By Will Steckman on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Shayne Graham will win the kicking competition, he has proven himself in 10 seasons. Gano is too inconsistent with field goals, although Gano is a bit better at kick-offs and limiting return attempts with touchbacks. Hopefully the Skins are smart and realize last year field goals were a weak link and choose the veteran. They could get the best of both worlds and keep Graham for field goals and Gano for kick-offs .

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    That would be the best of both worlds, perhaps, but I wouldn’t hedge my bets on them spending two roster spots on kickers. Not with the plethora of running back and wide receivers that they have on this squad.

  3. By REDSKINSALLDAY on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Definitely no room for 2 kickers. Although I hope Gano wins the spot. Seeing him play@FSU nickname Onions for his pressure kicks from distance. Also excellent distance on kickoffs although the extra 5 may help Shane. Gano has to adjust to the weather, he’s from pensacola and played in Tally florida. If Gano struggles early Graham will still be on waivers.

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