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Redskins face major changes on special teams

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By Eric Edholm

Nearly as drastic as the changes on offense and defense this offseason has been the difference in special-teams personnel. Although it has fallen below the radar in D.C., the Redskins will be breaking in a new punter, placekicker, long snapper and primary punt and kick returners. That's a lot of change for coordinator Danny Smith, who is counting on a punter who hasn't kicked in a game since 2008 (Josh Bidwell), two inexperienced kickers battling for the job (Graham Gano and Justin Medlock), a first-year long-snapper replacing steady Ethan Albright (Nick Sundberg) and a host of candidates at the return spots. The most likely options are Santana Moss (punts), Phillip Buchanon (punts), Bobby Wade (punts and kickoffs), DeAngelo Hall (punts), Justin Tryon (kickoffs), Ryan Torain (kickoffs), rookie Terrence Austin (punts and kickoffs) and undrafted speedster Brandon Banks (punts and kickoffs). Smith has hinted he would like to settle on one primary returner in each spot.


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