The Washington Redskins this week replaced one of their standard uprights on their practice fields with an Arena Football League pair.
Kicker Kai Forbath this season began petitioning the team’s equipment managers for a set of the smaller uprights, and the move finally was made.
The standard set of uprights in the NFL measures 18 feet 6 inches wide. The uprights in the AFL are just nine feet in width.
“It just makes you focus more,” Forbath said. “It’s a small margin of error to get it through there, and it just makes it that much easier when you go back to the big ones. I warm up on those, and then go back to the big ones when we kick field goals with the team.”
Forbath said that he didn’t come up with the idea on his own, and that a number of NFL teams have one set of AFL uprights for their kickers to practice on.
“When I was in Dallas they had them on their field, and when I was in Tampa they had them on their field,” Forbath said. “It’s something that they had tried in other ways here. Maybe it was removable ones. But we just finally talked them into it, and I think it’ll help with consistency and a mental thing to practice on that, it’ll just make it a lot easier in the game.”
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● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m., preparing for Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.
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