With a name like Chris Blewitt, the Washington Football Team kicker has to prove that he won’t “blow it” as an NFL kicker.
With the pun now out of the way, Blewitt is struggling after his first two games. When Washington released veteran kicker Dustin Hopkins after Week 6, it turned to Blewitt to take over. Many memes came out regarding his name and the fact that he hadn’t played in a game in five years, dating to when he was still in college at Pitt. Unfortunately for him and WFT, Blewitt is living up to the memes.
In his NFL debut against the Packers in Week 7, he went 1 for 2 on field goal kicks and made his only extra point try. The miss, from 42 yards, was on his first pro attempt, and the Packers’ T.J. Slaton blocked the kick. Blewitt’s make was from 45 yards.
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In his second game, a Week 8 road contest against the Broncos, he went 1 for 3 on field goal tries. One of his kicks was so low that it hit one of the offensive linemen and then got blocked by the Broncos’ Shelby Harris. This miss emphasizes Blewitt’s issue with not kicking the ball high enough. His kicks have been compared to line drives in baseball.
Blewitt had a 47-yard attempt blocked by the Broncos’ Dre’mont Jones in the fourth quarter. In between the two blocks, Blewitt did kick a career-long 52-yard field goal. He also made the extra-point kick on Washington’s only touchdown of the game.
So, to sum up Blewitt’s NFL career thus far: He has three blocked kicks and two kicks made among his five field goal attempts. That 2-for-5 mark isn’t good. Washington’s bye in Week 9 could be what Blewitt needs to redeem himself as an NFL kicker.
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