There was little obvious evidence of competition as placekickers Graham Gano and Neil Rackers walked together after converting a series of 47-yard field goals on the main practice field during the Redskins’ organized team actvities Thursday.
Rackers, who was the lone player to wear long pants on the hot afternoon, called Gano over and embraced him before the two appeared to have a jovial conversation on the sideline.
“We’re both professionals at what we do and we’re handling it that way. It’s good completion,” Gano said.
The 25-year-old Gano converted 31of 41 field goals last season, five of which were blocked. In the seasons’s final game, he sustained a lower-back injury after he was tackled by a Philadelphia Eagles player.
He underwent surgery in the offseason and appears to be recovered.
Gano said he feels a little sore, but has yet to miss a practice due to the injury. He began kicking on his own in April.
“I feel a lot better,” he said. “It’s been six months since I broke it and it’s coming along real well.”
Rackers, 35, was signed in April and will enter his 13th season in the league. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 as an Arizona Cardinal. He has connected on 79.8 percent of his field goals during his career and may be insurance for the Redskins if Gano’s back flares up.
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