Jul 27, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins players

Redskins sign K/P Jake Rogers, continue special teams upgrade


The Washington Redskins continued their offseason initiative to improve their special teams, as they signed punter/kicker Jake Rogers.  Rogers has spent time on the rosters of two other NFC East teams in the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants recently, and now he becomes a Washington Redskin.

Rogers is capable of playing punter and kicker, and is also a kickoff specialist.  The Redskins recently cut punter Sav Rocca after a poor season, and while kicker Kai Forbath has been pretty consistent for the Redskins, his kickoffs suffered last season after he returned from a groin injury.  The Redskins ranked 30th in the NFL in kickoff touchback percentage.

The Redskins more than likely signed Rogers to compete not only for the punter job, but they may give him a look at kicker as well.  And with Forbath struggling last season in kickoffs, Rogers will most certainly get a look there too.  In college at Cincinnati, Rogers handled kicking, punting, and kickoffs duties his senior season.

The Redskins had the worst special teams in the NFL last season, and it seems they are determined to improve in that area.  Along with Jake Rogers, they signed free agent specials teams standout Adam Hayward, and he should help improve the Redskins coverage teams.

 

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