Redskins kicker Kai Forbath
has made 35 of 40 field goals the past two years, but he's been weak on kickoffs, producing just 14 touchbacks last season. Washington drafted Zach Hocker
in the seventh round to compete with Forbath.
According to the Washington Post, Forbath has spent the offseason trying to improve on kickoffs. "That, and continued accuracy on field goals is the key to his job security," the paper said.
The Lions drafted Nate Freese
and signed Giorgio Tavecchio
this offseason. Both players will compete for the kicking job through the summer, and the job is wide open
even though the Lions invested a draft pick in Freese.
"Both guys are thumping it pretty good," coach Jim Caldwell said per MLive.com. "Giorgio's doing a nice job and Nate's doing a nice job as well. So I think it will be a good, healthy competition."
Eagles special teams coach Dave Fipp said kicker Alex Henery
has not been good enough on kickoffs, reports the Philadelphia Daily News
. "He's got to get better on his kickoffs and long field goals. His kickoffs have not been up to par," Fipp said.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby
had to fight for his right to boot field goals, extra points and kickoffs last summer, but doesn't have any competition for the job this summer. That's because Crosby hit a career-best 89.2 percent of his field goals. ESPN notes that on Tuesday he made 7 of 8 field goals