Gano fine with more competition

Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano said he has no problem with coaches bringing in another kicker to compete with him.

Coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday – after cutting Shayne Graham -- said he didn’t yet have another kicker in mind that Washington could sign to challenge Gano, who last season missed 11 field goals. But the coach added that that didn’t mean a move wouldn’t eventually be made. Also on Sunday, special teams coach Danny Smith said although Gano went 3 for 3 last Friday against Pittsburgh, the kicking situation was far from finalized.


With new holder Sav Rocca, Graham Gano made all three of his field goal attempts in the preseason opener. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“If they bring someone in, that’s fine,” said Gano, who is entering his second full NFL season. “I’ll just keep focusing on what I do and leave it up to the coaches. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they brought someone in. Competition’s always good. They might, they might not.”

Gano said seeing Graham released after just one game didn’t affect his psyche one way or the other.

“Not at all,” the Florida State product said. “That’s the business. It’s happened to me before. I’ve been released by Baltimore. It just happens some times, but you just have to come to work and do your best every day.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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