Ron Rivera 'still confident' in kicker Dustin Hopkins


Ron Rivera remains confident in Dustin Hopkins even after the kicker missed two extra points against Atlanta on Sunday.

"He's our kicker and we'll leave it at that," Rivera told reporters Monday when asked about Hopkins' job security coming off the win over the Falcons. The 31-year-old is in his seventh season as Washington's kicker and has a career field goal percentage of 84 and an extra-point percentage of 94.1

Hopkins has made seven of his eight field goal attempts this season and buried his lone attempt – from 21 yards — in Sunday's 34-30 victory. But he also missed two of his three extra-point attempts, causing renewed concern about the kicker's confidence in himself and worry over whether he can be relied upon in close ball games. Fortunately for Washington, those two missed PATs didn't come back to bite them in the tight four-point game.

Rivera was again asked about Hopkins during his weekly appearance with The Sports Junkies on Tuesday, presented by F.H. Furr.

Asked where he's at in terms of his confidence in the kicker, Rivera said, "I'm still confident in him. Guys, it's only a problem when it becomes a problem."

"And again, if we continue to keep going forward, going forward, we can be positive about these things and continue to try," he said.