Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 15, one day before the Redskins’ hold their rookie minicamp.
The Redskins drafted a kicker last week and the subject of the Redskins’ futility in finding a long-term solution at the position came up. Here are their top five scoring kickers of the last 20 years.
Shaun Suisham, 329 (2006-2009)—He never could kick them very long (4-13 career on kicks of 50+ yards) but he is very reliable from shorter distances. Well, usually. He was released after missing a 23-yard field goal in an overtime loss to the Saints. The Steelers picked him up and he’s been their man ever since. What’s surprising here is not that he’s the leading scorer of the last 20 years but that he is by such a wide margin.
John Hall, 237 points (2003-2006)—You had to like Hall’s mentality; the guy wore a burgundy practice jersey, the color worn by defensive players. Unfortunately, Hall came at the end of his career. After six seasons with the Jets during which he missed just one game, Hall was often injured when with the Redskins.
Graham Gano, 236 points (2009-2011)—Gano replaced Suisham and had his moments but hit just 73.8 percent of his field goals in Washington. Ever since he signed with the Panthers he has been nailing field goals (86.8 percent) and booming kickoffs into the end zone.
Brett Conway, 234 points (1998-2002)—He was the only one out of this group who was drafted, taken in the 3rd (!) round by the Packers. Conway never played for Green Bay. His NFL debut came with the Redskins in 1998. The cut him in 2000, he bounced around a bit, and came back in 2001.
Scott Blanton, 210 points (1996-1998)—So this is where the Redskins are, such mediocrity at the kicker position that someone who kicked on teams with mediocre offenses for two seasons plus two games can be the fifth-leading scorer on kicks over the last two decades. At least he didn’t catch on and star elsewhere after he was released.
—It’s been 137 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 115 days until they play the Texans in the 2014 season opener.
—Days until: Rookie minicamp 1; Training camp starts 69; Preseason opener Patriots @ Redskins 84
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