With uncertainty still hovering over the health of place kicker Kai Forbath, teammate John Potter said that he will continue to approach Sunday’s game at Oakland with the belief that he will kick in a third straight week.
A groin injury has sidelined Forbath since Sept. 12, forcing him to miss the Redskins’ games against the Packers and Lions. Potter, who spent training camp and the preseason with Washington and then re-signed with the team Sept. 14, has kicked in Forbath’s place.
A second-year player, who served as a kickoff specialist for Buffalo in six games during the 2012 season, Potter missed the first field goal attempt of his NFL career: a 50-yarder at Green Bay. But the Western Michigan product rebounded last week, making both of his attempts last week against Detroit.
“It feels great to finally get some points on the board and get a few field goals under my belt,” Potter said Thursday. “It gives me confidence heading into this next game.”
Potter has demonstrated a strong leg on kickoffs, recording touchbacks on five of his nine attempts. Last week he blasted three kicks out the back of the end zone. Potter displayed the same leg strength in training camp. But consistent accuracy on field goals proved a weakness. Potter continues to work for consistency and hopes last week’s success and more opportunities spark growth.
“It’s two different kicks. One, you’re going for power. The other, is about being smooth and consistent,” Potter said. “It’s a matter of practicing both of them and knowing the feel you have to have for each kick.”
Forbath, who made an NFL record 17 consecutive field goals to start his NFL career last season, is expected to test his sore groin with some kicks either Friday or Saturday, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. A healthy return for Forbath could mean unemployment for Potter. But Potter said his solution for handling the stressful situation is to avoid dwelling on the ‘what ifs’.
“I just assume I’m going to be the kicker and I treat it that way every day – working, kicking, working out,” he said. “That’s just life as NFL kicker. You just treat every day like you’re going to be the starting guy.”
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