Redskins cut holder who mishandled extra point
After letting the snap on an extra point attempt go through his
hands in a one-point loss, Washington Redskins punter-holder Hunter
Smith said: ”If anybody needs to lose their job, it’s me.”
Smith lost his job Tuesday. The Redskins cut him, two days after
his gaffe in the 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay.
The Redskins replaced Smith with Sam Paulescu, who takes over
both punting and holding duties in a job that has become a
revolving door. Smith and Paulescu were two of four punters used by
the Redskins last year, and Paulescu becomes the third punter this
Smith mishandled the PAT snap after the Redskins pulled within
one point on a touchdown with 9 seconds to play Sunday against the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins lost 17-16 to fall to 5-8.
Smith was also struggling as a punter. His gross average of 40.5
ranks 30th in the NFL, and his net average of 33.7 yards ranks
31st. He was signed in early October when Josh Bidwell was placed
on injured reserve with a hip injury.
Smith began last year as the Redskins punter, but leg injuries
forced him to miss three games. Paulescu filled in for one of those
games, punting three times for a 50-yard average.
Paulescu has also played for Tampa Bay, Dallas and Denver.