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Mattyk 04-24-2012 09:24 PM

Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
[url=http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/24/redskins-reel-in-neil-rackers/]Redskins reel in Neil Rackers | ProFootballTalk[/url]

Boom

mooby 04-24-2012 09:26 PM

re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
I remember Rackers for setting a record by going 40 for 40 with the Cardinals back in the day, but he hasn't done anything much since then. I'm all for competition though, hopefully this will bring out the best in either him or Gano.

skinsfaninok 04-24-2012 09:27 PM

Thank God

Mattyk 04-24-2012 09:27 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
[quote=mooby;911255]I remember Rackers for setting a record by going 40 for 40 with the Cardinals back in the day, but he hasn't done anything much since then. I'm all for competition though, hopefully this will bring out the best in either him or Gano.[/quote]

He's been pretty solid the past 4 seasons

[url=http://www.nfl.com/player/neilrackers/2504287/profile]Neil Rackers, K for the Houston Texans at NFL.com[/url]

mooby 04-24-2012 09:31 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
You're right, looking at those stats he certainly seems solid to me. He didn't even go 40 for 40 back in the day either, it said he went 40 of 42. I guess the record I was thinking of was most field goals made in a season? Idk but either way, solid signing.

DynamiteRave 04-24-2012 09:32 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
[YT]S44LGarzaYE[/YT]

mooby 04-24-2012 09:32 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
Honestly though I think we keep forgetting how bad the special teams' line play was last year, Gano had 5 blocks and most if not all of them were the result of the lines' inability to block, along with holder issues. I hope we get that shored up this offseason.

Mattyk 04-24-2012 09:37 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
Only 15 touchbacks last year vs 32 for Gano... Per Keim on Twitter. Wonder if they could keep both guys?

TheMalcolmConnection 04-24-2012 09:40 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
If you can keep Banks as a return specialist, then maybe they cut Banks, keep both?

:Smoker:

imaskin4life 04-24-2012 09:47 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
[quote=TheMalcolmConnection;911268]If you can keep Banks as a return specialist, then maybe they cut Banks, keep both?

:Smoker:[/quote]

I would prefer to keep Banks than to keep 2 kickers although I see the value in having both kickers. Gano is stronger (ideal for touchbacks) and younger (25)while Rackers is more accurate but he is 35.

Even though Banks was not as successful last year as he was the year before, he is still dangerous - especially as a punt returner for field position (and kick returner if he takes it out).

imaskin4life 04-24-2012 09:51 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
[quote=Mattyk;911267]Only 15 touchbacks last year vs 32 for Gano... Per Keim on Twitter. Wonder if they could keep both guys?[/quote]

Rackers had 15 touchbacks on 36 kickoffs while Gano had 32 touchbacks on 73 kickoffs so its not as big of a discrepancy as it seems.

artmonkforhallofamein07 04-24-2012 10:00 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
Speaking of special teams and their play. Why does Danny Smith get a free pass?

BTW I like this signing none the less.

Schneed10 04-24-2012 10:08 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
Tremendous signing, major upgrade in accuracy, no material dropoff in leg strength.

Schneed10 04-24-2012 10:10 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
[quote=imaskin4life;911274]Rackers had 15 touchbacks on 36 kickoffs while Gano had 32 touchbacks on 73 kickoffs so its not as big of a discrepancy as it seems.[/quote]

Beautiful post, devil is in the details.

Rackers achieved touchbacks on 43% of his kickoffs, Gano achieved it on 41%.

Bye bye, Graham.

skinsnut 04-24-2012 10:13 PM

Re: Redskins sign kicker Neil Rackers
 
Glad to see we signed a vet...I don't understand the need to groom a young kicker...I'd rather have one that's been around....and now with the kickoffs so short...that favors older more accurate kickers with shorter range...no need to keep an extra kicker just for kickoffs...that seems a major waste of a roster spot to me


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