Plackemeier Steps In On Special Teams
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Ryan Plackemeier participated in his first practice yesterday as the new punter for the Washington Redskins. He also worked with place kicker Shaun Suisham, as Plackemeier will be holding for field goals and point-after kicks.
Suisham doesn't kick much on Wednesdays -- Thursday is more of his kicking day -- but he and Plackemeier worked for a while on simulating kicks and establishing timing.
"He's a good punter, and he's been in the league for three years," Suisham said of Plackemeier. "I don't anticipate any issues whatsoever."
Plackemeier said he is comfortable holding -- there were a few issues in this regard with former punter Durant Brooks, a rookie -- and Suisham said he expects them to build a chemistry in short order.
"We just started to familiarize ourselves with each other, just getting used to working together," he said.
Plackemeier lost out in recent punting competitions in Minnesota and Green Bay. He battled injury in the preseason and was cut by Seattle after Week 1, but said he quickly began to look forward and had one of his best workouts Tuesday at Redskins Park.
Brooks was replaced after six games, during which he ranked last in the NFL in average yards per punt and net average.
"They thought they needed to make a change, and it's a business," Plackemeier said. "No hard feelings."
Green Expects to Play
With the Redskins short on safeties, newly added Mike Green said he expects to be active, at least on special teams, Sunday against Cleveland at FedEx Field.
The veteran safety agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum salary. He played six seasons with Chicago, including four when Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache held the same position with the Bears. Green said his knowledge of Blache's defense will work in his favor and help his transition.
Green also learned he isn't the only Mike Green playing professional sports in Washington -- there's also the star defenseman for the Capitals.
"Somebody Googled me once and said, 'Hey, do you play hockey?' " said the Redskins' Green.