Special teams coach Danny Smith said last week that game performance, not practice performance, would determine the winner of the kicking battle.
That said, Graham Gano couldn’t have been heartened by his performance Monday at Redskins Park. The incumbent place kicker made only 5 of his 9 field goal attempts, missing from 32, 49, 53 and 57.
Meantime, his challenger, Neil Rackers, was 9 for 9, easily splitting the uprights on each of them.
The two kicked from the same distances, with Gano kicking first.
In training camp practices, Gano is now unofficially 21 for 28, while Rackers is 25 for 28. Neither attempted a field goal in Thursday’s 7-6 preseason victory in Buffalo.