By Ishita Singh
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
Days until the Redskins play the New York Giants on Sept. 13 in East Rutherford, N.J.TODAY'S SCHEDULE
When: 8:30 a.m. (open to the public); 3 p.m.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.
Admission, Parking: Free.
Updates: 703-726-7411.SUMMER LONG SHOTS Dave Rayner
Place kicker Dave Rayner, who signed with the Redskins in early February, thinks his chances of making Washington's 53-man roster are pretty good, even though the Redskins already have Shaun Suisham, who has been kicking for the team since 2006.
Rayner, who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2005, played for five NFL teams before signing with the Redskins. In 2006, he was the full-time place kicker for the Green Bay Packers, appearing in all 16 games and finishing the season with a field goal percentage of 74.3. He has made 42 of 59 career attempts, he has made 42, good for a percentage of 71.2, compared to Suisham's 77.9. But Suisham struggled toward the end of last season, so he and Rayner will compete for the job.
"For everything I've heard, it's just a straight-up competition, so whoever kicks the best wins," Rayner said. "Shaun's obviously a good kicker, and I mean he's here for a reason, so it's going to be a good competition."
Rayner said that he felt good in practice. So far, the kickers, punter Hunter Smith and long snapper Ethan Albright have worked separately from the rest of the special teams unit, but Wednesday will be the first day that everyone practices together.
"I've kicked really well," Rayner said of his performance thus far. "My timing was good. It's a great opportunity so I'm excited to just get in there and start kicking a little bit" with the team.
Even though he has bounced around the league, Rayner was impressed with the Redskins and their fans.
"It's a storied organization, a great place to be, and the fans are great," he said. "I'm excited to actually get some competition going and get into the preseason games and try to win this job. I'd love to play here for a while."TWEETS
@RedskinsLB58: Ladies and Gentlemen anyday now I'm expecting my daughter to be born! Come on Makenzie I'm ready to hold you love! God,family,football!
@Keloi16: FAST, FOCUS,FINISH!!!!! on my way to practice and that's all I can think about. Oh yea and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!! HTTR!!!
@TrentShelton: On my way to practice. . . . remember to "focus on today"
@TrentShelton: "I'm off to see the wizard the wonderful wizard of oz"
@rockym52: Thanks to all the fans that come out and support us out there
@keloi16: Definitely a HOT 1 today, had a couple guys back off 2 day to save their bodies. Dis means more reps, got 2 take advantage of my reps.
@TrentShelton: Then I heard the cowboys are indoors! What! Romo can't even get a tan . . . lol we out in this heat baby got to love it
@rockym52: Tired but off to special team practice. . . . Gotta get it inQUOTABLE
"It's easy. You drink a lot of water, you drink Gatorade, and you just drink all day no matter how many times you need to go to the bathroom. You just drink until you fall asleep. Another thing is, I'm not working as hard whenever there are plays out there. Last year I was all over the place. I was running; I was just burning myself out. Now things are a lot slower so I'm moving at the speed where I can get there. I probably drink more than a gallon and a half of water, and I don't know, 13 Gatorades. Because I cramp up a lot, I just drink all day."
Chris Horton, on his personal hydration philosophy.INJURY REPORT
OL Mike Williams (abdominal strain; day-to-day), OL Stephon Heyer (knee; day-to-day), OL Rueben Riley (ankle), WR Roydell Williams (pinkie; 4-6 weeks), C Casey Rabach (calf), DE J.D. Skolnitsky (hamstring), G Randy Thomas (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (calf), DT Anthony Montgomery (knee).NEXT UP
vs. Baltimore Ravens.
When: Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium.