The Chris Blewitt experiment has finally ended. In Ron Rivera’s attempt to make a change on the team, he moved on from a kicker(Dustin Hopkins), who has been an average player, for a guy who never kicked in a regular season NFL game. This switch went hilariously bad if you didn’t have any money involved, or are just emotionally disengaged from the the 2-6 Washington Football Team. Blewitt had 3 kicks blocked over a 2 game stretch, and they were not even close to making it over the line. Blewitt went 2 for 5 on field goals and 2 for 2 on extra points. It was a very uninspired NFL career.
His replacement is someone that Ron Rivera is familiar with from his time with the Carolina Panthers. Joey Slye kicked for the Panthers from 2019-2020, and was Rivera’s kicker during his final season with the team. Slye is 65 for 81(80.2%) in the NFL, and 73 for 83(88%) on extra points. He also has an 87.3% touchback percentage. Slye has kicked for the Texans and 49ers this season after being replaced by Ryan Santoso in Carolina. Slye was brought in for a tryout this week, and did enough(kicked it over the line without hitting his own linemen in the head) to earn the job.
We have made multiple roster moves:— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 9, 2021
-Signed K Joey Slye
-Released K Chris Blewitt
Some Joey Slye notes:— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) November 9, 2021
* Made kicks from 50+ in each of his last two games for the 49ers (Weeks 7 and 8). Was released when injured starter Robbie Gould.
* Slye was 12 for 12 in the workout with Washington yesterday, per source.
Washington also made a practice squad roster move yesterday, re-signing center Jon Toth to replace Keith Ismael who was signed to the 53-man roster. Ismael was signed as depth behind new starter Tyler Larsen due to Chase Roullier’s season-ending leg injury.