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Redskins Sign Kicker Nick Rose, Place Kicker Dustin Hopkins On Injured Reserve

Posted Oct 18, 2017

The Redskins will have a new kicker starting with Monday's game against the Eagles, as Washington has signed Nick Rose with Dustin Hopkins going to Injured Reserve.

The Redskins will have a new kicker starting with Monday's game against the Eagles, as Washington has signed Nick Rose with Dustin Hopkins going to Injured Reserve.

The Washington Redskins announced on Wednesday that they have signed kicker Nick Rose to the active roster.

In a corresponding move, kicker Dustin Hopkins has been placed on Injured Reserve.

Rose, 23, is in his first NFL season out of the University of Texas. Signed by the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent in May 2016, the 6-foot-2, 190 pounder spent more than three months with the Falcons before being waived.

Rose was signed by the San Francisco 49ers this past offseason and appeared in four preseason games, converting on 3-of-4 field goal attempts along with 4-of-5 extra points.

In his four seasons with the Longhorns, the Honolulu native appeared in 51 games and made 27-of-38 field goal tries along with 71-of-74 extra points. Rose was particularly strong on kickoffs, as 153 of his 281 kickoffs were downed for touchbacks.

Rose is also one of two players in Texas football history to make two field goals of 50 or more yards, hitting a 53-yard attempt against Baylor during his senior season and a 51-yard attempt against Oklahoma State as a junior.

He originally joined Texas’ roster as a freshman walk-on in 2012.

Hopkins, meanwhile, is dealing with a right hip rotator muscle strain. The 27-year-old underwent an MRI following Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at FedExField in Landover, Md.

Signed by the Redskins following the 2015 regular season opener, Hopkins has converted on 68-of-81 field goal attempts along with 87-of-92 extra points. He’s also averaged nearly 63 yards per kickoff during that span.

His 68 field goals made is fifth-most in franchise history, trailing only Mark Moseley, Chip Lohmiller, Curt Knight and Shaun Suisham.

In five games this season, the Florida State product has converted on 9-of-11 field goal tries (81.8 percent) along with booting 12-of-13 extra points through the uprights. 

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