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VIDEO: Kai Forbath’s First Day With ‘Skins

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 10, 2012 – 11:58 am

Kai Forbath, signed Tuesday as the new kicker of the Washington Redskins, talked to the media today prior to his first practice with the team.

Forbath — a former standout kicker from UCLA — takes the place of veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, who was released Tuesday.

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Count On ‘Death, Taxes and Forbath’

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 9, 2012 – 3:51 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins announced this afternoon that they have signed free-agent Kai Forbath, a standout kicker from UCLA, and released veteran kicker Billy Cundiff.

Forbath tweeted this Tuesday afternoon:

College football fans probably remember Forbath as the winner of the 2009 Lou Groza Award, which is given out annually to college football’s top kicker. He was also a semifinalist for the Groza Award in 2011, his senior season with the Bruins.

His college coach, Rick Neuheisel, once said of Forbath after he kicked a game-winner against Oregon State: “Death, taxes and Forbath. Those are the three things in life you can count on.’’

Those are pretty strong words.

Forbath — who will wear No. 2 with the Redskins — went undrafted in 2011 and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys before spending the season on injured reserve and being released. He made all five of his field goals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2012 preseason — including a long of 55 — before he was released in favor of Connor Barth.

Here’s video (via BlairAngulo) of Forbath’s aforementioned game-winner against Oregon State, and his reaction to the media afterwards:

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Video: Kicking Lessons with Billy Cundiff

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 28, 2012 – 3:17 pm

The Washington Redskins announced several roster moves early Monday evening as they were required to cut their preseason roster down from 90 players to 75.

Though that roster number must be reduced to 53 by Friday, the team in the meantime took advantage of an opportunity to get itself a Pro Bowl kicker.

Billy Cundiff, who was named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl in 2010 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, signed with the Redskins on Tuesday, two days after he was released by the Ravens.

Cundiff brings with him several accolades, but one thing that stood out to me was that he set the NFL record for most touchbacks in a season (44) in 2010. Though many point to field goal percentage as the main attribute for a kicker, coaches also look at where their kickers can help in the field-position game, and Cundiff is certainly a standout in that regard.

For those looking for a close-up at Cundiff’s kicking techniques on field goals and kickoffs, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a video (via coachzauner on YouTube) of Cundiff working out with former NFL kicking coach Gary Zauner:

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