Washington ‘discussing’ bringing in competition for kicker Dustin Hopkins


Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said the team is considering bringing in more kickers after Dustin Hopkins missed another field goal in a 30-27 loss to the Detroit Lions.

“That’s something that we are talking about and discussing,” Rivera said Monday when asked if the team was considering adding competition for Hopkins.

“The hard part is when you bring a guy in, you want to make sure you have a guy that’s going to fit you, you have a guy that’s got a lot of experience because you’re going to replace an experienced guy. So, again, that’s something we’re discussing.”

That was a long answer to say Rivera is concerned with Hopkins’ kicking.

Hopkins, who was dealing with a right groin injury and missed practice time last week, went two from three in Sunday's defeat, making from 38 and 41 yards and missing from 43.

On the year, the seven-year NFL veteran is 12-for-17 on field goals and 16-for-17 on extra points. And all of his five misses have come from 40 yards or more.

If Washington wanted to make a change, they signed Kaare Vedvik on the practice squad in October.

Verdvik, is a Norwegian-born kicker who went undrafted out of Marshall in 2018. Washington is his seventh NFL franchise in two years and he has only spent one week on an active roster.

In his NFL debut, he missed an extra point and a 45-yard field goal. Verdvik has not played in the NFL since.

On Washington’s opening drive, Rivera declined to kick a 56-yard field goal and elected to punt from the Lions’ 38-yard line.

Despite Hopkins making a 61-yard field goal during warmups at Ford Field Sunday, Rivera said he didn’t kick because it was a “range thing” and didn’t want to give Detroit good field position if Washington missed.

On the next possession, the Lions had a 92-yard touchdown drive.