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Aware Of Redskins’ Kicking History, Kai Forbath Hoping To Stick
(Originally posted 10/10/12, 1:48 p.m.; Updated 10/10/12, 11:29 p.m.)
ASHBURN – Kai Forbath has not kicked in a regular-season NFL game. The Washington Redskins have cycled through 15 kickers since 2000.
He’s hoping his inexperience doesn’t make him just another name on that list.
“I’ll go out there and do what I’ve been doing for the last eight years I’ve been kicking,” Forbath said Wednesday at Redskins Park, a day after he was signed by the team to replace the struggling Billy Cundiff. “Just focus on my technique and not worry about any of the pressure.”
Forbath, 25, was the Lou Groza Award winner at UCLA in 2009 after he made 28 of 31 field goals and 24 of 25 extra points.
He went 10-for-13 from greater than 50 yards during his career, including every attempt from within 50 yards. His only professional kicking experience came during the preseason, when, with Tampa Bay, he made a 55-yard attempt against New England.
“Distance is something that’s always been in my game, and I worked on that just as much as I worked on short ones,” Forbath said. “I don’t expect to miss any long ones. I kick them just like PATs.”
Forbath, who went undrafted in 2011, signed with Dallas but spent the season on the non-football injury list after he strained a quadriceps. Picked up by Tampa Bay in April to provide competition for Connor Barth, Forbath went 5-for-5 during the preseason but was waived.
His workout with the Redskins on Tuesday, in which he said he competed with veterans Olindo Mare and Josh Brown, was his first since leaving the Buccaneers.
“Everybody’s got inexperience to start out with,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “You’ve got to have an opportunity, and we had a great competition on this field.”
Forbath never kicked off while at UCLA, though he said it’s something he’s been working on. Of his nine preseason kickoffs, only two were touchbacks.
He knows a poor performance will make him just another name on the list.
“And I’m hoping to stay here for a long time,” Forbath said.