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Suisham Wins Kicking Job at the Wire

Although Shaun Suisham ranked last in the NFL in field-goal percentage in 2008 (among kickers with more than 10 attempts), the Redskins kept the fifth-year player after he narrowly beat out veteran Dave Rayner in a preseason competition that featured only four field-goal attempts.

Suisham -- who converted 26 of 36 attempts last year, including just 12 of 20 from over 40 yards -- firmed up his spot during an in-practice kicking competition in the days leading up to the final preseason game Thursday night in Jacksonville, then all but clinched it with a 48-yarder against the Jaguars.

"I think it was pretty even 'til, I think this past week the kicking competition ... and Suisham did very good that day," said Vinny Cerrato, the team's executive vice president of football operations, "and then [later] he did kickoffs and he did that well, and then when he made the 48-yarder, you know, and he's won games for us in the past, so to me you feel comfortable with him going in."

Suisham joined the Redskins late in the 2006 season after he was released from the Dallas practice squad. In his first full season with Washington, he made 29 of 35 attempts, good for 82.9 percent. But his slip to 72.2 percent a year ago caused the Redskins to bring in Rayner, who spent the previous four seasons with five teams and made 42 of 59 field goals (71.2 percent) in his career.

Rayner made his only field goal of the preseason, a 25-yarder, and converted all of extra points. Suisham converted from 20 and 48 yards but missed a 52-yarder wide left.

The Practice Squad

The following players are expected to return on the Redskins' practice squad: quarterback Chase Daniel; linebacker Cody Glenn, a fifth-round draft choice; fullback Eddie Williams, taken in the seventh round; defensive end Rob Jackson, who played in three games for the team last year; safety Lendy Holmes, an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma; defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, an undrafted free agent out of Miami; wide receiver Trent Shelton; and possibly cornerback Doug Dutch, a District native and Gonzaga grad who went undrafted out of Michigan.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 5, 2009; 8:32 PM ET
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Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 5, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

maybe this time it will stick

Posted by: noonefromtampa | September 5, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ho hum, now we wait and see what the depth chart looks like and who is going to be inactive.

10 offensive linemen. TEN!? That's one for each place on the line. With 3 tight ends it could be 13 for 6 positions!

Have to figure that there is a modicum of concern about the position.

Posted by: periculum | September 5, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Keeping in mind that these OL guys are usally not on special teams the way DL, especially DE's are.

Posted by: periculum | September 5, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm very down with roster moves.

Posted by: BMACattack | September 5, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Dream On Foolish Boy.

2009 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc. Grade: 92

Comment: Bailey spent his first five years with the Washington Redskins and then signed with the Broncos prior to the 2004 season. For the most part he has been a 16-game starter although he missed seven games in 2008 with an injury. He is one of the elite corners in the NFL possessing size, speed, agility and cover skills that allow him to basically shut down one side of the field. While he has a tendency to bite on double moves, he has enough speed to recover and get back into coverage. He has the size and temperament to be a physical tackler when called upon to support the run. He can be physical when trying to jam the receiver at the line of scrimmage and has the size and ball skills to compete for passes with some of the bigger receivers in the NFL. After missing seven games this past season, he needs to show he can stay healthy for a full season.

2009 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc. Grade: 80

Comment: Portis continues to be one of the most productive running backs in the league, averaging 4.5 yards per attempt during his seven-year career. He has gained weight and strength since first coming into the league in 2002 to add to his excellent athleticism. He has improved his inside presence as a runner but is best on the edges and perimeter. He has good quickness and burst to and through the holes as well as lateral agility and balance to make effective cuts. Portis has great vision inline as a downhill runner but can bounce the ball to the outside with burst t stretch defenses. He is a willing an effective pass protector with toughness and deceptive strength verse linebackers. Portis is an excellent football player who has had some durability problems but has been somewhat healthy his past two seasons.

Posted by: periculum | September 5, 2009 8:13 PM

It's all relevant, but tell me a team that wouldn't take a workhorse running back over a cover corner.

Over the past 5 years, maybe 2/3 running backs have been as productive as Portis. He set team records in TD's and yards.

Bailey meanwhile, has been part of some terrible defenses and has been abused in big games.

Main question, Would you really grade that trade based off of some scouting report?

Posted by: saltine182 | September 5, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty solid Practice Squad. I hope they can hold on to the bulk of those players until next year.

Who's going to be our #3 QB this year?

Posted by: McMetal | September 5, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Necessary upgrades for this team to compete with elite NFL clubs.

1 - kicker.

2 - competent depth (2) at offensive tackle.

3 - a fourth standout corner.

Not many players away from competing deep into the post season. Four players in my estimation

Posted by: glawrence007 | September 5, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Main question, Would you really grade that trade based off of some scouting report?

Posted by: saltine182 | September 5, 2009

The cover corner is one of the hardest positions, if on the hardest position in the NFL. Requires the very best of athletes.

Decent running backs are pretty easy to come by and I can't believe you guys all buy into the Portis hype. Just last year they would have been better off with Adrian Peterson or Michael Turner.

Portis IS NOT and NEVER WILL BE an elite running back the way Bailey is one of the few elite corners. That's why his value is 92 and Portis is only 80. Only one guy on the Redskins has a 92 and that is Haynesworth. Why? Because Haynesworth truly is a game changer when he plays.

Portis is not a LaDamian Tomlinson. He is not a Brian Westbrook ... he is way too one dimensional.

Riggins WAS a game changer. He single-handedly almost beat a playoff Dallas team in 1979 ... on a team with almost no defense and a pretty average quarterback in Theismann. That OL wasn't all that great under Pardee. Both on the ground and catching passes.

I have never seen Portis do anything even close to that. And I doubt that he ever will.

Posted by: periculum | September 5, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Virginia being thumped by William & Mary. Didn't see that coming.

Posted by: will_ga | September 5, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 5, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Top 10 running backs in the NFL:
1. LaDainian Tomlinson 89
2. Adrian Peterson 88
3. Brian Westbrook 86
4. Steven Jackson 84
5. Michael Turner 84
6. Larry Johnson 84
7. Marion Barber 82
8. Maurice Jones-Drew 81
9. Ronne Brown 80
10. Clinton Portis 80

Top Players (with the most impact)

1. DeMarcus Ware 94
2. Tom Brady 94
3. Peyton Manning 93
9. Albert Haynesworth 93
10. Haloti Ngata 03
11. Ed Reed 93
12. Andre Johnson 93
13. Champ Bailey 92

Look at these guys ... are you really
going to say that Portis belongs with that
crew the way that Bailey does.

If you believe that you have been smoking some really strange crank.

Posted by: periculum | September 5, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

A suspect OL and only one backup QB. Vinny's got moxie.

I do like the roster though. We look to be deep at receiver. And I think JC is going to play well this year. I'm worried about our OL (like everyone else), and also our defensive secondary. I'm not sure about D Hall. Too much talk.

Posted by: mack1 | September 5, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe the Scouts Inc. ratings at all.

For instance, should Steven Jackson, Larry Johnson, Marion Barber, or Ronnie Brown be rated ahead of Portis?

Watch the games, check the stats.

Also, imagine those trades never happened. Forget all the hypotheticals about who we COULD have gotten. Do you think we would have rather had Bailey's cover skills or Portis' running?

Other than '06 when we got lit up, I'd say no.

Elite cover corners are harder to find. Bailey was elite on '04, '05, maybe '06.
He's living off reputation now.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 5, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: periculum | September 5, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

We're in the NFC east we play a different style of football over here. We will run you over. The AFC west tries to throw over your head. Both teams made out well in that trade. They needed the shutdown corner and we needed the power running back.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 5, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

corners are a coveted position when you have a good one...but Bailey didn't want to be here so matching skill numbers is a mute point. I think for the situation at the time we got our money's worth with Portis. We could of done far worse....

Posted by: myrtle_beach_fan | September 5, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Suisham must have dirty pictures of someone. He missed 10 field goals last year, never gets a kick-off to the 10 yard line, almost missed extra pionts but other than that he is great. Oh by the way remember the Seattle playoff game when the Seahawks were about to fold and he misses the 18 yard field goal???? Jason please find out who he has pictures of????

Posted by: jb3812121 | September 5, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I feel pretty good about our practice squad's chances this year. I'm thinking 9 or 10 practice wins.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 5, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse


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