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Suisham Wins Kicking Duel Over Rayner


Shaun Suisham has won the Redskins' place kicking job.

The team released Dave Rayner on Saturday.

Suisham has served as the Redskins' kicker since December 2006.

In his four-year pro career, Suisham has kicked 67-of-86 field goals with a career long of 52. He has made 76-of-77 PATs.

Last year, he connected on 26-of-36 field goals. He struggled from 40 range in the second half of the season and his field goal percentage dropped to among the worst in the league.


That led to the signing of Rayner last offseason.

Rayner has been with seven different NFL teams since entering the league in 2005. For his career, he has played in 43 games and connected on 42-of-59 field goals and 48-of-49 PATs.

Suisham and Rayner had limited opportunities for kicks in preseason.

Suisham made 2-of-3 field goals in preseason. He missed a 52-yard field goal on Aug. 28 vs. New England, but rebounded by converting a 48-yarder last Thursday at Jacksonville.

Rayner made his only attempt, a 25-yarder vs. New England.

"I think it was pretty even until this past week," Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. "The kicking competition--he made the 48-yarder [against Jacksonville], and he has won games for us in the past. So to me, we feel comfortable with him going in."

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