With the quarterback "battle" settled before it begun the most compelling training camp saga has to be a good ole' fashion kicker fight. Last year's kicker fight was woefully disappointing as Shayne Graham shanked balls all over FedEx Field and the Redskins swiftly let him go. This year I have higher hopes for the kicker battle as the Skins have brought in a surly veteran in Neil Rackers, who will turn 36 during camp.
Make no mistake, this is still the 25 year old Gano's job to lose. But Rackers is the stiffest competition Gano will face. Coming off a terrible year in 2010 where he only hit 68 percent of his kicks, Gano improved in 2011 by making 75 percent of his attempts. He also was four for six from 50 yards or beyond where he was zero for three in 2010.
Despite Gano's improvements, Rackers has become a more consistent throughout the years. In Arizona he had a couple of years bordering on 90 percent and even one pro bowl year at 95 percent. Beyond those years Rackers was generally a 75 percent kicker in Arizona. Since departing Arizona Rackers has become even more efficient hitting 87 percent of his kicks, including going seven for nine from beyond 50.
Gano is certainly the leader in this epic kicker fight, but does he have what it takes to hold on to the job throughout the preseason?