The Redskins spent a seventh-round pick on Arkansas place kicker Zach Hocker this spring, hoping to bring in a youngster with a strong leg who would challenge incumbent Kai Forbath.
Their competition lasted all preseason, with the rookie shining initially, hitting a pair of field goals and making a special-teams tackle during the opener against New England, while Forbath was short on his lone attempt from 46 yards.
But Saturday morning, roughly eight hours before the NFL’s deadline for final roster cuts, it was Hocker who was released.
It all came down to Thursday’s preseason finale at Tampa Bay, in which Hocker missed his lone field-goal attempt, from 39 yards, wide right. Forbath delivered from 45 yards to open the scoring. Forbath usually struggles to make our top kicker list, but if Washington's offense can find its way Forbath could be a spot starter if needed.