Grading the Redskins: Special once again

Grading the Redskins: Special once again
December 25, 2012, 12:15 pm
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Special teams

Grade vs. Eagles: B

Comment: What more can you say about Kai Forbath's accuracy? With kicks of 42 and 45 yards at a windswept Lincoln Financial Field, he’s now 17 for 17, owns the record for consecutive field goals to start an NFL career and has a ball headed to the Hall of Fame to commemorate the feat. 

Of Forbath’s six kickoffs, though, only two reached the end zone. But once again, the coverage team picked him up, limiting Eagles’ returner Bryce Brown to an average of 18.5 yards per on four returns (and a long of 22).

The punt teams, meantime, were also solid. In the third quarter, Sav Rocca, with his heels at his own goal line, booted a 53-yard punt to back up the Eagles and give the defense some room to operate. In the fourth quarter, Rocca boomed a high, perfectly placed 33-yard punt that forced a fair catch at Philadelphia's 15-yard line.

The Redskins’ return units were another story. In the first quarter, Niles Paul bobbled a kickoff, but scopped up the ball and returned it across midfield. The 44-yard return, however, was negated by a hold on Chris Wilson. In the fourth quarter, a 25-yard punt return by Richard was backed up because of a hold on Jordan Pugh. Those flags accounted for two of the three thrown on the Redskins all afternoon.

All in all, special teams continue to be an asset for the Redskins, who have parlayed shrewd personnel changes at place kicker as well as kick and punt returner into a generally reliable unit after some misadventures early.