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Graham Gano still has to solidify spot

Having parted ways with veteran Shayne Graham, the Redskins haven’t decided whether they’ll bring in another kicker and coaches say incumbent Graham Gano still has work to do.

It’s possible the Redskins will search for a kicker to compete with Gano, but a signing does not seem imminent.

“All depends on who’s out there,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “Right now, I don’t see anybody who’s out there to compete against him. But you never know what happens down the road. We’re always going to try to make it as competitive as we can.”

Gano hit field goals of 32, 34 and 45 yards in last Friday’s preseason win over Pittsburgh. His counterpart, Graham, missed attempts from 29 and 49 yards out. The Redskins released Graham prior to Sunday’s practice.

“Shayne’s a great kid, a great pro,” said Danny Smith, the team’s special teams coach. “He said it best: It’s not a real competition if you’re not effective. And he wasn’t effective.”

Though the team had just one kicker at practice Sunday, Smith said Gano should not start feeling too comfortable about his position.

“We haven’t solved our kicking issue,” Smith said. “[Gano] had a good game at 3-for-3. We had a guy that wasn’t productive; we made a decision to let that guy go. We did find out coming out of the game that Shayne Graham wasn’t the guy. We didn’t prove that point that we’re solid at kicker yet. But we hope that we will be, and we’ll continue to work with [Gano] and he will get first crack.”

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.

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