The workforce signed Chris Blewitt, who was signed to their apply squad final week. He has by no means kicked in an NFL recreation and final performed for Pitt in 2016. In 4 years with the Panthers, Blewitt made 69.6 p.c of his subject objectives; he additionally missed 4 additional factors in his final two seasons mixed.
Hopkins was having one in every of his higher seasons with 12 subject objectives in 14 makes an attempt. His 85.7 p.c success price ranked twelfth within the NFL.
Courting again to final season, he had made 25 of his final 29 kicks. However he badly missed a 42-yard try in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which adopted two missed additional factors earlier this month in a win over Atlanta.
Washington coach Ron Rivera had caught with Hopkins, regardless of earlier struggles — he made simply 79.4 p.c of his kicks in 2020. Rivera favored Hopkins’ leg energy however needed to see extra consistency.
On Monday, pissed off along with his workforce’s efficiency to begin the season, Rivera stated he wanted to change his method. He was imprecise about what that meant, however at this time’s transfer suggests there could possibly be much less tolerance for inconsistencies, although the workforce’s 2-4 begin has featured poor play in a lot of areas.
Hopkins had been with Washington since 2015, making 84 p.c of his kicks throughout that point. That ranks nineteenth amongst kickers with at the least 100 makes an attempt since that season.