Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith says K Graham Gano will get the first chance in Thursday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Gano is in a position battle with veteran Neal Rackers, who kicked last season for the Houston Texans. Smith says performance in game situations will play the biggest role in determining the winner.
Analysis: The play of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the rest of the offense will directly impact the value of either kicker. If the Redskins are more consistent, then the chances are going to be there for whoever wins the job. Washington's kicking game was an adventure last season, as a number of field goal attempts were blocked. Gano, however, made six kicks from 50+ yards last season and finished the season with 118 points. Either player would be serviceable provided Griffin keeps Washington's offense moving in the right direction.