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2015 Redskins Season In Review: Special Teams

Posted Jan 16, 2016

Take a quick look back at the top Redskins 2015 season storylines from the special teamers, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations.

Take a quick look back at the top Redskins 2015 season storylines from the special teamers, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations.

The Redskins and Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica made a bold move in Week 2, opting to release Kai Forbath, one of the most accurate kickers in team history, in favor of signing Dustin Hopkins, a former 2013 sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills who had never appeared in an NFL regular season game prior to 2015.

The move paid major dividends for the Redskins in their run to an NFC East title in 2015.

Hopkins posted the third-highest field goal percentage in a season in team history, connecting on 25-of-28 field goal attempts (89.3 percent) with two of his three misses coming from 50-plus yards away.

While Hopkins continued the team’s recent success on field goals, his big leg on kickoffs was one of the team’s most welcomed additions this season. A year after Forbath recorded touchbacks on only 34.6 percent of kickoffs in 2014, Hopkins booted 52 touchbacks on 76 kickoffs (68.4 percent). His distance helped the Redskins finish fourth in the NFL in average kickoff return yards allowed (20.1).

Punter Tress Way was elected as the Redskins’ special teams captain for 2015 and followed his tremendous 2014 campaign with another solid year in 2015.

Way averaged 48.2 yards per punt in 2015, the fifth-highest average in team history, and averaged 39.8 net yards per punt. He had 21 punts downed inside the 20 with only seven touchbacks.

Long snapper Nick Sundberg snapped in all 16 games again this season, marking the fourth time in the last six years the Cal product snapped in every game in a season.

The Redskins kickoff return unit tied a team record in 2015 by returning two kickoffs for touchdowns during the season. Current returner Rashad Ross scored his first career touchdown on a 101-yard kickoff return — tied for the second-longest return in team history — against the New York Giants in Week 3.

Andre Roberts, who was placed on the Reserve/Injured list in December, also added a kickoff return touchdown in Week 11 at Carolina.

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