The Insider: special teams


Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Redskins now have options in the return game

A year after struggling to find anyone capable of effectively returning punts, the Washington Redskins now find themselves with a couple of improved options.

By Mike Jones  |  10:24 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Roberts, DeSean Jackson, punt returners, special teams

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Jackson, Clark acquisitions give Redskins flexibility entering draft

We’ll get more into the draft in the coming weeks as pre-draft visits and workouts will begin taking place. But here’s a quick glance at where things currently stand and what holes may still remain.

By Mike Jones  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, Draft needs, inside linebackers, NFL draft, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, tight ends, Wide Receivers

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Redskins mailbag: Ryan Clark, DeSean Jackson and their impact on the draft

The Washington Redskins have kicked back into action this week, signing safety Ryan Clark while courting wide receiver DeSean Jackson today.

By Mike Jones  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeSean Jackson, Mailbag, Ryan Clark, special teams, video

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Andy Reid: Akeem Jordan’s versatility, reliability will help Redskins

Linebacker’s former coach in Kansas City and Philadelphia extols his reliability.

By Mike Jones  |  06:13 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Akeem Jordan, inside linebackers, special teams

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 03/11/2014

Redskins add ILB/special teams standout Adam Hayward

In a move that could bolster both their depth at inside linebacker and special teams, the Redskins have agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

By Mike Jones  |  04:55 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  free agency, inside linebackers, special teams

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Redskins hire Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica [updated]

The Redskins hosted Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica for an interview for a position on Jay Gruden’s coaching staff, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

By Mike Jones  |  11:35 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Kotwica, coaches, Jay Gruden, New York Jets, special teams

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Redskins interview Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia [Updated]

General manager Bruce Allen has an interview today with Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

By Mike Jones  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Dallas Cowboys, Rich Bisaccia, special teams

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Reed Doughty: ‘Nobody respects us on special teams’

But safety also says, ‘I didn’t see people not caring’ on special teams during Kansas City loss.

By Mark Maske  |  05:16 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, Redskins vs. Falcons, Reed Doughty, special teams, Week 15

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Mike Shanahan expresses disappointment over Niles Paul’s critical comments about Redskins’ special teams

Tight end said Sunday that special teams are ‘terrible.’

By Mark Maske  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, special teams

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Botched snap ‘ruins’ good day for special teams, in Shanahan’s view

“To be honest with you, I was really pleased with the special teams [Sunday],” Shanahan said Monday. “I thought it was the best game we had and all of a sudden we have that snap.“

By Mark Maske  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Shanahan, Redskins vs. Giants, special teams, Week 14

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 12/01/2013

Jordan Reed to miss second straight game after setback

Rookie tight end Jordan Reed will miss a second consecutive game after he suffered a head ache following a pregame workout.

By Mike Jones  |  07:20 PM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Darrel Young, Evan Royster, inactives, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Redskins vs. Giants, Running backs, special teams, tight ends, Week 13

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2013

Game Day Q&A: Trenton Robinson on a fresh start and life as a special teams player

A second-year pro with two previously unsuccessful, brief stints with San Francisco and Philadelphia, Trenton Robinson embraced the opportunity to prove himself to a new team.

By Mike Jones  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Game Day Q&A, Safeties, special teams, Trenton Robinson, Week 13

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Redskins-49ers: Five observations from Monday night’s loss

Another game, another embarrassment, and the Redskins at 3-8 took another step toward a disastrous end.

By Mike Jones  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Josh Wilson, Mike Shanahan, observations, Redskins vs. 49ers, Robert Griffin III, special teams, Trent Williams, Week 12

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/23/2013

Nick Williams seeks improvement for Redskins in second outing

His introduction to the NFL out of the way, rookie punt returner Nick Williams aims to display improvement this week for the Washington Redskins.

By Mike Jones  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nick Williams, Redskins vs. 49ers, special teams, Week 12

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Reed Doughty elected special teams captain

Offensive and defensive captains remain in place from the start of the season.

By Mark Maske  |  04:01 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Reed Doughty, special teams, Week 11

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Shanahan says Nick Williams had ‘good week’ of practices, stops short of naming him Sunday’s punt returner

Undrafted rookie wide receiver could take over for Josh Morgan on punt-return duties.

By Mark Maske  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redsklns special teams

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Redskins try to jump-start return game

They’re ranked 30th in the NFL in punt return average and 31st in kickoff return average.

By Mark Maske  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, Redskins vs. Eagles, Reed Doughty, special teams, Week 11

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Nick Williams eager to prove himself following promotion

After 10 weeks of living out of a portable metal locker in the center of the Redskins’ locker room, rookie wide receiver Nick Williams is ready to be a contributor.

By Mike Jones  |  02:08 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nick Williams, practice squad, Roster, special teams, Week 11

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/13/2013

Redskins’ historically bad special teams likely to improve?

The Redskins special teams are one of the worst since 1989. Is there hope for them to improve?

By Keith McMillan  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  history, special teams, Week 11

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Nick Williams will be promoted to Redskins 53-man roster from practice squad

The undrafted rookie wide receiver is expected to complete mostly for playing time on special teams.

By Mike Jones  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  53-man roster, Nick Williams, Roster, special teams

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Redskins mailbag: Mike Shanahan’s future and more

Mike Jones tackles questions on Mike Shanahan’s future, the salary cap, silly penalties, Nick Williams’s role, Adam Carriker’s recovery, London Fletcher’s demise, Kyle Shanahan’s fit for University of Texas and more.

By Mike Jones  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, Daniel Snyder, Josh Morgan, London Fletcher, Mailbag, Mike Shanahan, Nick Williams, Salary cap, special teams, tight ends, Week 11

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/11/2013

Reed Doughty takes blame for botched fake punt

‘I shouldn’t have called it,’ safety says.

By Mark Maske  |  12:53 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Niles Paul, Redskins vs. Vikings, Reed Doughty, Sav Rocca, special teams, video, Week 10

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 11/09/2013

Mike Shanahan ‘very satisfied’ with Niles Paul as Redskins’ kick returner

The team on Thursday went back to Niles Paul as primary kick returner, and the third-year pro turned in a solid day.

By Mike Jones  |  12:32 PM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, special teams

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Redskins get signals crossed on fake punt

Sav Rocca says he saw a signal for a fake, causing Redskins’ latest special teams misadventure.

By Mark Maske and Mike Jones  |  06:31 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, Redskins vs. Vikings, Sav Rocca, special teams, Week 10

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Kai Forbath moves on from Sunday’s blocked kicks

Redskins kicker says it’s not ‘something that I’m worried about that’s gonna continue to happen.’

By Mark Maske  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kai Forbath, Redskins vs. Vikings, special teams

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Redskins’ position-by-position review: How the option opens up other plays

A look at how the option opened up big plays for the Redskins, and how each position group performed against the Chargers.

By Mark Bullock  |  11:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, defensive line, inside linebackers, Offensive line, outside linebackers, Quarterbacks, Redskins vs. Chargers, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, The Outsider, tight ends, Week 9, Wide Receivers

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 11/03/2013

Kai Forbath miffed over blocked field goals

A pair of blocked field goals proved perplexing to placekicker Kai Forbath. The second-year kicker and coach Mike Shanahan both said they needed to go back and look at film to get an idea of what went wrong.

By Mike Jones  |  08:15 PM ET, 11/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kai Forbath, Mike Shanahan, Redskins vs. Chargers, special teams, Week 9

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Redskins install set of Arena League uprights for Kai Forbath

The Washington Redskins this week replaced one of their standard uprights on their practice fields with an Arena Football League pair.

By Mike Jones  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kai Forbath, special teams

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Redskins mailbag: Trade deadline, passing game woes and more

Mike Jones tackles readers’ questions on what Washington might do at the trade deadline, why the Redskins abandoned the run and why Aldrick Robinson doesn’t return kicks.

By Mike Jones  |  12:26 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aldrick Robinson, Fred Davis, Jim Haslett, Mailbag, Robert Griffin III, special teams, Tanard Jackson, tight ends, trades, Week 9, Wide Receivers

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Redskins vs. Broncos: Five story lines for Sunday’s game at Denver

Five areas to focus on during Washington’s 4:25 game at Denver on Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  London Fletcher, Mike Shanahan, Redskins vs. Broncos, Safeties, Secondary, special teams, story lines, Week 8

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Redskins mailbag: Fred Davis’s future, Santana Moss’s role and more

Following Sunday’s win, mailbag questions address problem areas, like Fred Davis’s future, Santana Moss’s role, special teams struggles and more.

By Mike Jones  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fred Davis, Mailbag, offensive philosophy, Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, special teams, tight ends, Week 8

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Shanahan, Burns believe Redskins made progress on special teams Sunday

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and assistant Keith Burns said their special teams units displayed improvement on Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  10:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Keith Burns, Mike Shanahan, special teams

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ win over the Bears

Mike Jones gives five observations from Sunday’s win, including the impact of Roy Helu Jr.

By Mike Jones  |  11:07 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Fred Davis, Jordan Reed, Keith Burns, observations, Redskins vs. Bears, Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu Jr., special teams

Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 10/20/2013

De-activation of Davis based on special teams considerations, Shanahan says

Redskins players say they were pleased with effort level on special teams despite Devin Hester’s punt-return touchdown.

By Mark Maske  |  09:16 PM ET, 10/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fred Davis, inactives, Mike Shanahan, Niles Paul, special teams, tight ends

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Redskins say they’re hopeful special teams issues have been addressed this week

It was a point of emphasis on the practice field after last weekend’s meltdown in Dallas.

By Mark Maske  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins special teams

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Redskins decline to make Keith Burns available to media

Mike Shanahan says it’s the way the team usually operates with assistant coaches and media availability.

By Mark Maske  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins special teams

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Shanahan not surprised by Niles Paul’s comments about Keith Burns

‘You’ve got to prove yourself both as a player and as a coach,’ says Redskins coach, who adds that he won’t overreact to his club’s special teams woes.

By Mark Maske  |  06:32 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Keith Burns, Mike Shanahan, Niles Paul, special teams

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Niles Paul says coaching change a factor in Redskins’ special teams issues [UPDATED]

Switch from Danny Smith to Keith Burns has led to adjustment period, tight end says, calling performance on special teams so far “embarrassing.“

By Mark Maske  |  02:22 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Keith Burns, Niles Paul, Reed Doughty, special teams

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Special teams additions eager to chip in for Redskins

The three players signed on Tuesday each plan to contribute on special teams, and spent Wednesday getting acclimated to the Redskins.

By Mike Jones  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agents, Roster, special teams, Week 7

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Redskins sign three to boost secondary and special teams, cut Pugh

By Mike Jones  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agents, Jordan Pugh, Roster, Secondary, special teams

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Redskins mailbag: Who deserves the blame for the 1-4 start?

In this week’s mailbag, we begin to play the blame game as most of your questions centered on which coaches and players should be held responsible for the 1-4 start?

By Mike Jones  |  12:07 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, coaches, Jarvis Jenkins, Jim Haslett, Keith Burns, Kyle Shanahan, Mailbag, Offensive line, special teams

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Shanahan: Wrong call was made regarding fumble recovery

Mike Shanahan remains convinced that officials made the wrong call when they awarded the Cowboys possession during a punt in the second quarter.

By Mike Jones  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jerome Murphy, Mike Shanahan, Redskins vs. Cowboys, Reed Doughty, special teams

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Shanahan defends Keith Burns, says special teams leader must emerge

‘Lorenzo Alexander is not gonna show up,’ coach says.

By Mark Maske  |  05:23 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Smith, Keith Burns, Lorenzo Alexander, Mike Shanahan, Niles Paul, Reed Doughty, special teams

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Redskins lose Kehl, Sundberg for the year with knee injuries

Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl and long-snapper Nick Sundberg have both been lost for the season with knee injuries.

By Mike Jones  |  04:54 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Nick Sundberg, special teams

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Special teams will be point of emphasis for Redskins on practice field this week

Struggles continued with Sunday night’s ugly performance in Dallas

By Mark Maske  |  01:12 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins special teams

Posted at 01:18 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Bryan Kehl, Nick Sundberg to have MRI exams on injured knees

Special teams contributors Bryan Kehl and long-snapper Nick Sundberg both left Sunday night’s game with knee injuries, but immediately following the contest, neither knew the severity of their situations.

By Mike Jones  |  01:18 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Redskins vs. Cowboys, special teams

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Mailbag: Trade possibilities, safeties and defensive packages

Mike Jones answers questions about safety prospects from the Bills' Jairus Byrd to undrafted Jose Gumbs, plus punter Sav Rocca and Jim Haslett's defensive packages.

By Mike Jones  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, jose gumbs, Mailbag, Robert Griffin III, Safeties, special teams, Tanard Jackson

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Kai Forbath 'feels good' and expects to kick Sunday

Redskins kicker Kai Forbath said that the strained groin that sidelined him for three games now "feels good," and that he expects to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

By Mike Jones  |  04:03 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, John Potter, Kai Forbath, special teams

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Keith Burns preaches patience on special teams

With his unit coming off of its roughest outing of the young season, Redskins special teams coach Keith Burns preached patience and hard work.

By Mike Jones  |  03:16 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, special teams

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson participate in Redskins' practice

Four-game suspensions expired for the defensive line and reserve linebacker, and the team released kicker John Potter and defensive end Phillip Merling.

By Mark Maske  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jarvis Jenkins, John Potter, outside linebackers, Rob Jackson, special teams, suspensions

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Redskins' special teams have 'got to get better,' Shanahan says

Raiders had a touchdown on a blocked punt and a first down on a fake punt Sunday.

By Mark Maske  |  05:27 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Shanahan, special teams

Posted at 11:33 PM ET, 09/29/2013

Punt-protection issue resurfaces for Redskins

Raiders get an early touchdown Sunday by blocking a Sav Rocca punt.

By Mark Maske  |  11:33 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Perry Riley Jr., Redskins vs. Raiders, special teams

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Redskins still experimenting with kick returners

Searching for a spark in their returns game with rookie Chris Thompson largely held in check, the Redskins gave wide receiver Josh Morgan a try in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

By Mike Jones  |  02:32 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, Josh Morgan, Niles Paul, special teams

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Redskins mailbag: The handling of RGIII, Meriweather’s play and Jordan Reed’s potential

Mike Jones answers fans’ questions on Mike Shanahan’s handling of Robert Griffin III, the benching of Baccari Rambo, the health of Brandon Meriweather and the potential of Jordan Reed.

By Mike Jones  |  12:47 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baccari Rambo, Brandon Meriweather, Jordan Reed, Mailbag, NFL safety, Robert Griffin III, special teams, tight ends

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Kai Forbath hopeful for Redskins’ game at Oakland

Redskins place kicker Kai Forbath said his injured groin continues to heal, but isn’t yet 100 percent.

By Mike Jones  |  03:47 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Potter, Kai Forbath, special teams

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Lions

The Redskins show improvement in a number of areas, but can’t find a way to overcome shortcomings in yet another loss this season.

By Mike Jones  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, Defense, Injuries, observations, Redskins vs. Lions, Robert Griffin III, special teams

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Will Montgomery, Nick Sundberg fined

Redskins center Will Montgomery and long-snapper Nick Sundberg take financial hits for actions in loss to Packers.

By Mike Jones  |  03:48 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fines, Nick Sundberg, Offensive line, special teams, Will Montgomery

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Redskins might use two kickers against Lions

John Potter could be retained as a kickoff specialist while Kai Forbath might handle field goals if his groin injury heals sufficiently.

By Mark Maske  |  05:52 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, John Potter, Kai Forbath, Kedric Golston, Redskins vs. Lions, special teams, Week 3

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Kai Forbath says his injured groin muscle is improving

But Redskins kicker won’t test his injury in practice until Friday.

By Mark Maske  |  12:46 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Potter, Kai Forbath, Redskins vs. Lions, special teams

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Redskins have given Pat White no indication they’ll re-sign him

The team’s fourth quarterback cleared waivers after being released to clear a roster spot for fill-in kicker John Potter.

By Mark Maske  |  02:21 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pat White, Quarterbacks, special teams

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 09/15/2013

Niles Paul’s frustration spills over on personal foul

The special teamer earned a personal foul for what was described as a head-butt.

By Mark Maske  |  07:13 PM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, penalties, special teams

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 09/15/2013

PK Kai Forbath out for Redskins vs. Packers; Meriweather a go

Kicker Kai Forbath will not play for the Redskins as they take on Green Bay. Meanwhile, Brandon Meriweather makes his season debut.

By Mike Jones  |  11:50 AM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  inactives, Kai Forbath, special teams

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Kai Forbath encouraged by kickoffs, puts missed field goal behind him

Kai Forbath said he knows exactly what happened on his missed field goal attempt Monday night, and is eager to prove that he can bounce back from it and make his next attempt.

By Mike Jones  |  02:47 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kai Forbath, Redskins vs. Packers, special teams

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Thompson vows to learn from his punt-return mistakes

Rookie made a fair catch at his own 5-yard line Monday.

By Mark Maske  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, news conferences, Running backs, special teams

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Shanahan relatively forgiving of Thompson’s punt-returning mistakes

Rookie fielded two punts Monday night inside his own 10-yard line.

By Mark Maske  |  06:57 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, Redskins vs. Eagles, special teams, Week 1

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Thompson doing extra work to get comfortable as punt returner

Rookie running back says he's fielding punts after, as well as during, practices.

By Mark Maske  |  05:23 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, special teams

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Decisions to keep Murphy, Gumbs on roster were ‘pretty easy,’ Shanahan says

They beat out DeJon Gomes and Chase Minnifield for backup spots in the Redskins' secondary.

By Mark Maske  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Roster, Safeties, special teams

Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Moss, Morgan join Thompson as punt returner candidates

Chris Thompson's touchdown in the preseason finale seemed to give him the job, but Redskins coach says Santana Moss and Josh Morgan also remain candidates.

By Mark Maske  |  06:46 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, special teams

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Chris Thompson makes strong bid for punt returner job

Rookie dazzles with 69-yard touchdown.

By Mark Maske  |  12:00 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, preseason, special teams

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Mike Shanahan's list of candidates for Redskins punt returner is lengthy

Head coach jokes that he had "about 14 guys returning punts" during Monday's practice in the wake of Richard Crawford's season-ending injury.

By Mark Maske  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  special teams

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Santana Moss willing to return punts if asked

Rookie running back Chris Thompson was given the first chance Saturday to replace injured return man Richard Crawford.

By Mark Maske  |  02:45 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roster, Running backs, Santana Moss, special teams

Posted at 09:53 PM ET, 08/24/2013

Crawford’s season-ending knee injury leaves Redskins in need of punt returner

Rookie running back Chris Thompson is among the candidates.

By Mark Maske and Mike Jones  |  09:53 PM ET, 08/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Richard Crawford, special teams

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Redskins vs. Bills: Five story lines to follow in Preseason Game 3

The Washington Redskins on Saturday return to FedEx Field, where they will host the Buffalo Bills in each team's third preseason game.

By Mike Jones  |  11:16 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Linebackers, preseason, Redskins-Bills, Running backs, Safeties, special teams, Storylines

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Observations from Wednesday's practice at Redskins training camp

RGIII's first day of 11-on-11 drills, Forbath kicking performance, Nick Barnett update and more ...

By Mike Jones  |  06:41 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  observations, place kickers, Robert Griffin III, special teams, Training camp

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 08/05/2013

Redskins' first depth chart of the preseason reveals no surprises

The Washington Redskins have released their first official depth chart in advance of their preseason opener in Nashville on Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  09:32 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Depth Chart, Offense, preseason, special teams, Training camp

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 08/05/2013

Redskins' kick-return battle is wide open entering preseason opener

Niles Paul and a trio of undrafted rookies highlight the competition to the starting kick returner.

By Brandon Parker  |  07:03 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Niles Paul, returners, Richard Crawford, special teams, Training camp

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Kai Forbath looks to avoid sophomore jinx

Second-year kicker hopes to remain consistent and end the Redskins' kicking carousel

By Brandon Parker  |  01:48 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kai Forbath, place kicker, special teams, Training camp

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Redskins confident they can replace Alexander's contributions on special teams

"We're gonna have other guys that will step up," Reed Doughty says of filling void created by Pro Bowler's departure.

By Mark Maske  |  01:06 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  special teams, Training camp

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Redskins hire Broncos assistant Keith Burns to coach special teams [Updated]

Keith Burns will take over for Danny Smith.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  05:46 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Redskins coaches, special teams

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Special teams coach Danny Smith leaving for Pittsburgh Steelers

Other teams have long sought the Redskins' coordinator, who has coached for Washington since 2004.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  05:46 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Smith, Redskins, Redskins special teams, special teams

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Redskins' Danny Smith to interview for Steelers' special teams coaching job

Special teams coordinator granted persmission to talk to Steelers about same job. Smith is a Pittsburgh native.

By Mark Maske  |  12:32 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Danny Smith, Pittsburgh Steelers, special teams, Steelers

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Redskins season review: Special teams

Throughout the years, regardless of offensive or defensive struggles, special teams had been solid for the most part for Washington.

By Mike Jones  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  special teams

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 12/29/2012

Redskins well aware of Dwayne Harris's punt-return skills

The Cowboys' punt returner ranks fourth in the NFL at 14.53 yards.

By Adam Kilgore  |  03:29 PM ET, 12/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins-Cowboys, special teams

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Mike Shanahan impressed with Richard Crawford's performance

He praises rookie's decisiveness on punt returns

By Mike Jones  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Redskins special teams, Richard Crawford

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Redskins working on backup punter plan

Injury to Sav Rocca prompts team to work out former Eagles punter Chas Henry

By  |  06:51 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  redskins punter, Redskins special teams, Redskins-Giants

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Lorenzo Alexander says blocked punts are ‘not a coaching issue’

Redskins special teams captain defends Danny Smith's coaching, says players are to blame for miscues.

By Mark Maske  |  03:38 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins special teams, special teams

Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 09/16/2012

Mike Shanahan: Billy Cundiff’s chances were better than the offense’s on fourth and 16

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan thought the Redskins had a better shot at making a 62-yard field goal attempt than converting a fourth and 16.

By Mike Jones  |  10:57 PM ET, 09/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Billy Cundiff, special teams

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 09/09/2012

Nick Sundberg plays with broken arm

Washington Redskins long-snapper played the entire second half despite breaking his left arm late in the first half of Redskins' win.

By Mike Jones  |  07:58 PM ET, 09/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nick Sundberg, Redskins injuries, special teams

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Redskins WR Brandon Banks feels like ‘a totally different person’

Returner says he is learning to become a wide receiver.

By Mike Jones  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Banks, Brandon Banks; wide receivers; special teams, Offense, Redskins receivers, Redskins wide receivers, Washington Redskins

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 09/02/2012

Mike Shanahan: Redskins need to get Brandon Banks the ball more

After observing the way that third-year pro Brandon Banks responded to the challenge issued to him at the start of training camp, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that the team must find ways to get the speedy player the ball more this season.

By Mike Jones  |  12:31 PM ET, 09/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Banks; wide receivers; special teams