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Gano finds comfort level as Redskins' new kicker

Not surprisingly, newly signed place kicker Graham Gano said he was excited to be with the team after completing his first practice.

Gano most recently kicked for Las Vegas of the UFL and the NFL is "a different level," he said. "But the good thing about kicking is you just have to go out there, no matter if it's your backyard or if you're kicking in front of millions of people, all you have to do is have your same motion, your same swing. And no matter what, you just have to do the same thing."

Gano won the Lou Groza award at Florida State and was cut by the Baltimore Ravens during training camp; after the UFL season ended, he tried out for the New York Giants. The Redskins cut Shaun Suisham after Gano impressed during Tuesday's kicking tryout at Redskins Park and signed Gano to a three-year contract.

"I think I did pretty well in the tryout. I was just trying to win a job," Gano said. "I feel I have a pretty strong leg. I can make it from about 50 pretty accurately."

By Jason Reid  |  December 9, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
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Comments

"I can make it from about 50 pretty accurately."


1st things 1st...make your 23 yarders.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 9, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I hope he works out. It would be nice to put this kicker situation to bed for a couple of years.

Posted by: edvar | December 9, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

While at Florida State Gano drew alot of comparisons to Sebastian Janikowski because of the strength of his leg.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | December 9, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't think they should toss him in the street, but how much do you want the team to invest in a guy who can't win?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

What 1 guy can win? None. If you don't understand the concept of team sports then we can't help you. You are as short sighted and simple minded as Snyderrato. You still think we're 1 player away. We're not. We have to fix the line and runnig game no matter hwo tales snaps. No one can win here until those are fixed.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 9, 2009 4:04 PM
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Jump off your high horse, there Lil' West Virginia. I have never said we are one player away. In agreement with you, I have even said I think we need to focus on the offensive line first before we even think about drafting a QB. What I have said is Campbell just isn't that good. If the team has to spend $3.0m to keep him, then, no thanks. There will be other, better options available by the time free agency ramps up. Heck, you don't even know who the coach is going to be next year and you think we should rush right out and re-sign Campbell? Would Shanahan, Holmgren or Weis even want Jason Campbell?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 9, 2009 4:19 PM |

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 9, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, football gods.

Posted by: AllThatSkins | December 9, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

So is DT still back on kicks? I hope so

Posted by: Salinas1 | December 9, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"I can make it from about 50 pretty accurately." .
That's why so many teams were after him.
lol

Posted by: jmy999 | December 9, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

1st things 1st...make your 23 yarders.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 9, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

lmao

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"But the good thing about kicking is you just have to go out there, no matter if it's your backyard or if you're kicking in front of millions of people, all you have to do is have your same motion, your same swing. And no matter what, you just have to do the same thing."

By Jason Reid | December 9, 2009; 4:03 PM ET

So that's what it takes to be a kicker in the NFL? You've got an 80-yard backyard with uprights? This is a rich man's position.

Posted by: League-Source | December 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think they should toss him in the street, but how much do you want the team to invest in a guy who can't win?

Posted by: RedSkinHead"

That's the same thing short-sighted Green Bay fans said about Aaron Rodgers last season when he also seemed to 'fail in the clutch' (and they subsequently re-upped him to a Garrard-esque contract before he really blew up).

How do you think they feel now?

Posted by: psps23 | December 9, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

campbell is definitely a starter in this league, he can make all the throws, and is the reason for our successes this season.

he's better than Sanchez and Cutler, so far this year.

soooooo, bring in an unproven college puke.

all we have to do is offer campbell 3.3 mil to get a 1st & 3rd compensetories.

at least make that offer.

if we have 2 guys named Colt battling for QB, I may have to call it a day

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 9, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Ganther to start over Cartwright at RB"


mistamayor

We asked before to get some details about "Q" aka, Quinton Ganther and have been rebuffed.

Think about: dude is getting a chance to show his skills to a team searching for a sturdy, speedy back.

Ladell Betts might be gone.

Portis might be gone.

"Q" might be in the house starting with Rock 16 times next Fall for all we know.

Ganther might be for us what Ryan Grant or Derrick Ward was a couple for the Packers and Jints: a steady, cheap, speedy running back.

And just the thing this team needs.

And we've yet to get a thread about him.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 9, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Rock is back at kick returner since Ganther has been promoted to starting tail back.

Posted by: AllThatSkins | December 9, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

RedSkinHead wrote "...There will be other, better options available by the time free agency ramps up."


Such as?

Posted by: closer44 | December 9, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

psp, or closer to home, how'd that work out for the team back in 2001, when they let Brad J walk outta here....we've been trying to replace him ever since....the more things change, the more they stay the same....

does anyone have Tony Banks/Heath Shuler/Gus Frerrotte/Danny Wuerful email address??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone should bring a sign to the next home game that says "BOOKEM GANO!"


Oh, wait.....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | December 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

same range as Suisham, just with less experience

if we use the same logic at QB, we're phuked

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, recently attended a University of Texas game to scout quarterback Colt McCoy"

Well if Snyder's doing the scouting we have nothing to worry about. ugh.

This tells me Cerrato isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: skinswest | December 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 9, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"I can make it from about 50 pretty accurately." .
That's why so many teams were after him.
lol

Posted by: jmy999 |

Trust me, he garners more interest than Swishy. How many national awards did he win at Bowling Green? Hope GG works out.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

angry midget beeps

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What per say will the repurcussions be if the "GG" doesn't match SS fg% of 85% or if he misses let's say for discussion sake a 35 yarder to win it in Oakland this Sunday,i was of the mind to let Suisham finish the season and then put him on notice for the upcomming season,yeah Suisham has missed two critical attempts(DAL&NO) but we're not going anywhere but home when this season is over so what was the rush?

Posted by: dargregmag | December 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

A three-year contract? Really? Remind me not to hire Vinny to be my agent. I'll assume and hope that none is guaranteed.

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 9, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

you sign an unproven kicker who was cut during training camp by another team to a 3 year deal?!?!?!! Typical Snyderatto.

Posted by: Thundershock | December 9, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's see some frickin' KO's consistantly to the end-zone instead of the fifteen.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 9, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

yeah hope this kid can be consistent on the FGs and put the KOs in the freekin endzone.

Posted by: greatteamdan | December 10, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

"I can make it from about 50 pretty accurately." .
That's why so many teams were after him.
lol

Posted by: jmy999 |

He was 21-23 his senior year, including 5-7 from 50+. I'd say that's pretty accurate. He isn't some bum off the street, he won the damn Groza Award. Fact is, there just aren't many kicking spots available. It's extremely hard to get a shot and once you do you better perform from the jump. This kid will and he'll be in the NFL for 15 years.

Posted by: Cornnolio | December 10, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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