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A Very Special Walkthrough

Posted by Evan Redmon on July 31, 2013 – 12:03 pm

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The focus shifted to special teams at this morning’s walkthrough, at least on field No. 1.

Practice started out with a series of kickoff drills, and the coaches presented the players with a variety of scenarios. First came the onside kick drill, followed by medium or “squib kick” coverage, and then the coaches got involved in the blocking schemes on full kickoffs.

Easily the most entertaining moment of this portion of practice came when backup nose tackle Chris Neild tried to field a kick cleanly. It didn’t go too well, causing the thousands of fans on hand to erupt in laughter. Everyone is hoping that the heavily bearded defensive lineman sticks to clogging running lanes and sacking quarterbacks.

Next up came the field goal unit. Even though Kai Forbath only had one miss during his rookie season in 2012 and set an NFL record for most consecutive kicks made to start a career, the Redskins have brought in competition.

John Potter comes to the Redskins after being waived by the Buffalo Bills last season. Potter, who attended the University of Western Michigan, is the Broncos’ all-time points leader.

Despite Forbath being the odds-on favorite to retain his kicking duties, Potter showed why he had so much success at Western Michigan. He booted several long field goals straight over the goalposts, center cut. Forbath had a great day in this drill a few days ago but hooked a couple to the left today, eliciting a post-drill chat with Coach Mike Shanahan.

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