RICHMOND – During Saturday’s practice, Kai Forbath showed everyone that he’s ready to pick up right where he left off.
The Redskins’ kicker connected on 7 of his 8 field goal attempts, including a 53-yarder that cleared the netting between the uprights. His only miss came from 64 yards.
“I felt confident going into that day, had a good warmup, so I said, ‘Why not show the guys that I’ve been working hard in the offseason and I’m ready to go this year,” Forbath said.
As a first year player in 2012, Forbath got off to a strong start, connecting on a league leading 94.4-percent of his field goals, including 8 of 8 in the second half and overtime. The 25-year-old also established an NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17.
But all the early success didn’t mean Forbath kicked back and relaxed this spring and summer. In fact, it had quite the opposite effect. In fact, Forbath spent the much of his downtime working with Vikings kicker Blair Walsh, his personal kicking coach and a trainer in the Los Angeles area.
The addition of kickoff specialist John Potter in June fueled Forbath to work even harder. Last season, Forbath sent only 15 of his 62 kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback. Potter, meantime, notched touchbacks on 13 of his 26 kickoffs for the Bills.
“It made me work a little harder, obviously, anytime they have a question about something,” Forbath said. “I worked hard on those. I’m going to go out there and do what I can do, and I know I can get the job done.”
Forbath said he was pleased with the hang time and distance he was getting on his kickoffs toward the end of the offseason.
“I saw a lot of improvement,” he said, “so I’m looking forward to getting a chance to show that.”