In an effort to help him better prepare for games, kicker Kai Forbath had the Redskins install a set of Arena Football League uprights at Redskins Park this week. AFL field goals measure nine feet in width; in the NFL, they are 18.5 feet wide.
“You have to focus a lot more, obviously,” Forbath said Thursday. “It gives you confidence. When you’re making it on that and you get to the game, they looking freaking huge. How can you miss on those?”
He added: “It definitely helps with your accuracy. I know that when I kicking on the bigger ones, I’m not as critical of myself if it’s toward the right upright but it goes in. Whereas if I kick that same ball on the small ones, it will look like it’s a miss. So it really helps me stay down the middle more.”
Forbath is 4 of 6 on field goals this season, a year after setting an NFL record for consecutive field goals to open a career.
He said the idea to practice with Arena league uprights is nothing new in the NFL.
“Honestly, I was with Dallas, I was with Tampa and they all had them,” Forbath added. “It’s pretty normal that teams have them at this point. It just took a little talking the equipment guys to get it done.”