Hunter Smith pleased with season debut
Hunter Smith punted only once last week -- Friday in practice -- but said he felt good in his season debut.
"I thought it was a real strong first game back," said Smith, who re-joined the Redskins on Thursday. "Not surprising to me because I've been working like I was still playing."
Smith had a busy game on Sunday. He punted eight times, averaging 44.6 yards per punt. More important, he put five of those punts inside the 20-yard line. For the sake of comparison, Josh Bidwell, who went on the injured reserve list on Thursday, averaged 41.7 yards a punt and placed only three of his 15 punts inside the 20.
Though Smith hadn't punted in a game -- or even an NFL practice -- since the Redskins' 2009 season-finale at San Diego, he said he felt no rust on Sunday.
"I've been getting ready for this," he said. "Even when training camp started, I told a bunch of guys that I worked out with, 'Well, guys, training camp starts today.' And I kind of went to my own camp."
Smith was also the holder for field goals against the Packers, which means he played a pretty important role in Graham Gano's 33-yard game-winner in overtime. Missing the first four weeks of the season apparently didn't affect Smith.
"After a while, you can kind of rely on your muscle memory and your experience," he said.
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