WASHINGTON — The Redskins have long had difficulty securing a big-legged kicker long term.
Not since Brett Conway — 14 kickers ago — has a kicker held down the job in Washington for fives seasons. Four kickers before that, Eddie Murray held the job for six seasons. Before Murray, Chip Lohmiller survived seven seasons in Washington from 1988 to 1994.
Conway was also the last Redskins kicker to convert at least 45 percent of field goal attempts from a distance of 50 yards or greater (with at least nine attempts). Graham Gano converted 44 percent from that range in nine attempts.
Before Dustin Hopkins’ arrival in Washington, Kai Forbath converted two of four field goal attempts from fifty-plus yards in three seasons for the Redskins, a deceptive 50 percent success rate as Washington was reluctant to attempt kicks from that range with Forbath.
So, if Hopkins — who went 2-of-4 from 50-plus yards in 2015 — can convert three of five attempts from fifty-plus yards in 2016, he would be the most successful distance kicker the Redskins have had in a very long time.
That out of the way, here’s Dustin Hopkins converting a 65-yard field goal sans defenders in the offseason.