As the Washington Post recently noted, Hopkins had a strange season. Hopkins made 81 percent (34 of 42) of his field goal attempts in his third season, which ranked 21st among qualified placekickers, and 92.3 percent (36 of 39) of his extra point tries, tied for 20th. He was one of the best kickers in the league to start the year, connecting on all five of his field goals in Week 3 against the New York Giants to earn NFC special teams Player of the Week honors. In fact, he was named NFC special teams Player of the Month in September for scoring 38 points -- making all 11 field goal attempts and five extra point tries. All in all, Hopkins made 13 of 14 field goal attempts and 10 of 11 extra points through the season's first five weeks. The season didn't finish as well as it started, however. He missed seven field goals and two extra points during the final 12 games. Still, the opportunities and upside for Hopkins are there heading into 2017. We expect a rebound.
Dustin Hopkins 2016 Outlook
Hopkins finally got the chance to be a starting kicker in the NFL in 2015 and he played well for the Redskins with 25 of 28 field goals, including two from at least 50 yards, and 39 of 40 extra points. The Redskins cut Kai Forbath after the season-opening loss to the Dolphins -- one of the earliest demonstrations of GM Scot McCloughan and the team's serious commitment to winning. When the move was made, HC Jay Gruden said the team decided to make a change because of Forbath's inability to regularly produce kickoffs. Hopkins nearly tripled Forbath's production, kicking 52 touchbacks compared to Forbath's 18 in 2014. It wasn't just the rookie's leg strength that impressed the Redskins, but also his poise in critical situations. In Week 5, Hopkins made a 52-yard field goal to force overtime against the Falcons. He converted a 47-yarder against the Bears, delivering the team's first road win of the season. If the offense continues to produce, Hopkins will be of fantasy interest.