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.