Forbath off to good start as Redskins’ kicker

Kai Forbath (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

When the Washington Redskins replaced Billy Cundiff as their place kicker two games ago, they chose a replacement who never had kicked in an NFL regular season game.

Kai Forbath has rewarded the Redskins so far for their selection, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts in his first two games with the team.

“Every kick is points for this team and fortunately enough, we’ve had four attempts and made four for four,” he said Wednesday. “So I’ll just take one kick at a time and keep the streak going.”

Forbath made field goals of 20, 43 and 45 yards in last Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. That came a week after he connected on a 50-yarder in a victory over the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. Coach Mike Shanahan noted later that he hadn’t made things easy for his new kicker with a 50-yard try for his first attempt.

“Obviously you want something a little shorter to build your confidence up,” Forbath said Wednesday. “But looking back at it now, it was a great opportunity to help our team with momentum in that game. I’m just thrilled that I made that one.”

He also has made all seven of his extra points.

Forbath said when the Redskins signed him that he would concentrate in particular on kickoffs since he didn’t perform those duties in college at UCLA. He’s had six touchbacks on his 13 kickoffs in his first two NFL games.

Of his performance on his kickoffs so far with the Redskins, Forbath said: “They can always get better. It’s just something the more I do, the more comfortable I’ll get because that wasn’t something that I did in college. I’ll just keep working on it and it will get better and better.”

 

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