Redskins Rookie Kicker ‘Anxious’ To Meet Veteran Competition

by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Zach Hocker hasn’t met his competition yet. And the nature of the competition he and Kai Forbath will be entered into isn’t exactly clear.

The Washington Redskins seventh-round draft pick demonstrated solid leg strength and accuracy as he successfully connected on all but one attempt during Saturday morning’s rookie minicamp session. It was a good start for Hocker who is hoping to stick around beyond training camp.

Hocker posted a 86.7 field goal percentage as a senior at Arkansas and has not missed a PAT since his sophomore season.

It is entirely possible Washington will rely on Hocker’s services for kickoffs exclusively, while leaving field goal duties to the incumbent Forbath.

The two kickers have not met, but the rookie spoke highly of Forbath, who was roommates recently signed quarterback Tommy Rees‘ brother at UCLA.

“I’m very anxious to meet him,” Hocker said. “I hear that he’s a great guy and he’s an awesome kicker. I’m very anxious to start working with him.”

Like most rookies, Hocker is eager to please and would be willing to accept any role the coaches see fit to give him.

“Whatever they call me to do, whether that’s field goals, whether it’s just kickoffs, whether it’s both — whatever they decide to do, I’m 100 percent content with as long as I can make the roster and help the team win next year,” Hocker said.

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