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Roster Review: Kickers/Punters

gary-banner2.jpg breaks down the Redskins' roster position-by-position and identifies potential need areas. Up next: kickers/punters.

Last year, the Redskins settled on a pair of young players to assume the place kicking and punting duties. In an effort to emphasize stability more than anything else, team officials opted not to bring in serious competition at the positions.

Derrick Frost was the only punter on the Redskins' roster last year. He was also the holder on field goal attempts.

Frost's NFL career has been marked by bouts of inconsistency, but he has steadily improved as he has grown into the job. He competed his third season as the Redskins' punter.

He had a 41-yard punting average last year, good enough for 18th best in the league. His 36.4 average net yards was 21st in the league.

Kicker Shaun Suisham started strong last season, connecting on an overtime game-winning field goal in the Redskins' season-opening 16-13 win over Miami.

Suisham nailed another overtime game-winner in Week 9 against the New York Jets. It was one of five field goals for Suisham that day, as the Redskins won 23-20.

Overall, Suisham was 29-of-35 on field goals in the regular season, but in the playoffs at Seattle, Suisham missed a critical 30-yard field goal that was certainly a disappointment.

Long snapper Ethan Albright earned his first Pro Bowl nod last season and he remains a key part of the Redskins' special teams unit.

Positional Analysis

Albright has signed on for another season as the Redskins' long snapper.

## Two Kickers/Punters Eligible For Free Agency
As of March 14, 2008; names listed are in no particular order

  • Jason Elam, Denver Broncos: One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, the 15-year vet kicked 27-of-31 field goals for the Broncos last year.
  • Mitch Berger, Arizona Cardinals: Berger is a 13-year vet who has a career 43.1-yard punting average. Last season, he averaged 40.7 yards on 20 punts for the Cardinals. He was a Pro Bowler in 2005.

## Two Kickers/Punters Available In the Draft
As of March 14, 2008; names listed are in no particular order

  • Brandon Coutu, Georgia: A strong-legged kicker, Coutu routinely makes 50-yarders. (His career long is 58 yards.) He struggled with a hamstring injury in 2006, though.
  • Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech Brooks mentored under legendary punter Ray Guy, then won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter in 2007. He averaged 45.3 yards per punt in two seasons at Georgia Tech.
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