From the get-go, Gano seemed headed for NFL
It seems as if Graham Gano has been on an NFL trajectory forever, Dan Steinberg writes.
"It was obvious he was head and shoulders above a normal kid," Charlie Armstrong, Gano's high-school coach, recalled this week. "The way the ball came off his foot, the sound of the ball when he hits it was just different than anything I'd ever seen. Sometimes it sounded like a gun was shot."
Which is why when he was still a high schooler in Pensacola, teammates and coaches were already mentioning the NFL as a realistic possibility. And every step of Gano's career seemed to confirm those expectations: He was named USA Today's national high school kicker of the year as a senior, earned a full scholarship to Florida State as a punter and kicker, won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top place kicker a year ago, and then earned tryouts with more than a half-dozen NFL teams, including a preseason audition with the Baltimore Ravens.
Finally, after the Redskins cut ties with Shaun Suisham earlier this month, Gano was signed to a three-year contract, and told by special teams coach Danny Smith that he could be Washington's long-term answer.
"They said they want me to be the kicker for the future," Gano said. "If I kick well and keep kicking well, hopefully they'll decide to keep me."
The view from Dallas
Anthony Spencer is stepping up, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes, and making plays now that he was missing before. "In the past four games," Williams writes, "Spencer has 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 13 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He finally is living up to the expectations the Cowboys had for him when they made him the 26th overall pick in 2007, making Cowboys fans forget about Greg Ellis."
At the Dallas Morning News, David Moore writes about offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and the pressure he's under.
A very merry day to you all from Jason Reid, Rick Maese, Barry Svrluga, Paul Tenorio and me. It's a little quieter on the beat than usual this morning and we have a moment to catch our breath and thank you for hanging out here with us again this year. We wish you all the best!
It's a typical Friday for the Redskins, which means there'll be a practice and injury update later.
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