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Former Redskins' kicker Kai Forbath set to return to FedEx Field


Former Redskins' kicker Kai Forbath set to return to FedEx Field

The Redskins are set to host a familiar face when the Saints come to town Sunday.

Kicker Kai Forbath, who played in Washington from 2012 through the opener this season, signed with New Orleans on Oct. 21 and has appeared in the team’s past three games. Interestingly, he replaced Zach Hocker, the Redskins’ 2014 seventh round draft pick, and Hocker beat out current Redskins' kicker Dustin Hopkins in camp.

“You know, he’s been real consistent,” Saints Coach Sean Payton said of Forbath. “He worked out for us two-and-a-half weeks prior to us signing him. He’s steady. The challenge always when the kickers come in on a workout, there’s probably three or four of them. I think from Monday to Monday, they fly to different cities, the ones that don’t have opportunities. Unique with [Forbath] though were just his numbers not only in the NFL but in college.”

Forbath is 1-of-2 on field goals and 14-of-15 on extra points for the Saints. But he was clutch when his team needed him against the Giants a couple of weeks ago. Forbath connected from 50 yards out with five seconds remaining to lift the Saints to a wild 52-49 win.

Afterward, Forbath was handed the game ball by Payton, who made a joke about giving it to the kicker over quarterback Drew Brees. Brees had thrown for 500 yards and seven touchdowns.

Last week, however, didn't go as well for Forbath. Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo tipped a 46-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, forcing the game to overtime and Tennessee ended up upsetting the Saints, 34-28.  

“Obviously, he hit a big one for us a couple weeks back," Payton said. "Last week, the get-off and the kick was fine. It was pressure from the right side. He felt like he hit clean and looks like he did. [But] overall, we’ve been real impressed — his makeup.”

The Redskins cut Forbath after he missed a 46-yarder in the season-opening loss to the Dolphins. His replacement, Hokpins, is 12 of 13 (92.3 percent) on field goals and among the league leaders in touchbacks. 

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Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh takes you inside Vernon Davis' touchdown against the Panthers

With NFL RedZone, All-22 footage and GamePass, it’s literally never been easier to access information about your favorite teams and players. Still, nothing can quite beat the actual players and coaches, especially those who drew up those plays in the first place.

Redskins offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was happy to share some insight on the touchdown pass Alex Smith threw to Vernon Davis to kick off the scoring against the Panthers in Week 6. 

The Redskins took over possession after a Carolina turnover, and the offense was ready to strike quickly. Smith found Davis wide open in the end zone and connected with his longtime tight end to give the ‘Skins an early 7-0 lead.

Interestingly, as Cavanaugh points out, the play was designed to clear out space for the team’s top tight end, Jordan Reed. Instead, the Panthers safety rolled towards Reed, who is generally seen as the more likely receiving threat. You can see in the video of the play that Smith does look towards Reed first, and then noticed the rolling safety leaving Davis wide open down the seam.

Cavanaugh also emphasizes how vital it is for the offense to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

“When we’re not on the field and the defense creates a turnover and all of a sudden we’re back out there, we gotta be ready to score, particularly when we get the ball in that great field position. It’s huge, it obviously set the tone for the rest of the game for us.”

A one play, 22-yard drive certainly does show off an offensive unit ready to score quickly and without the benefit of a long possession to get into rhythm.

Hopefully Cavanaugh doesn’t give away too many of his X’s and O’s secrets, but it’s always fascinating to experience a behind-the-scenes look at important plays. It’s even more fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns, and it’s the most fun when those plays are of Redskins touchdowns that come in Redskins victories.

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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