How did our lone Aussie in the NFL perform in Week 1? Take a look.Aussie veteran Sav Rocca had a rough start to his NFL season during the Washington Redskins 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The big man punted three times for a 42 yard per punt average, pinning the Eagles inside their own 20-yard line once. His first kick on the night was actually after the Redskins gave up a safety, he managed to launch it 56 yards, but DeSean Jackson was able to return it for another 10, with the Eagles starting their drive on the 34-yard line. Rocca's first true punt came at the start of the second quarter, when he kicked a nice 47-yarder that was called for fair catch on the Eagles 17-yard line. That would be his best punt on the night. His remaining punts were directed out of bounds to ensure a return wasn't made by Jackson. That included a 45-yarder to the Eagles' 38-yard line in the second quarter and a 34-yarder from the Redskins own 10 to their own 44-yard line. It's clear the team considered it more important to keep the ball out of the hands of Jackson, a lethal return weapon. But when directional punting it is easier to shank the kick and give up good field position. Interestingly, it was Rocca who kicked off at the end of the third quarter, not Redskins kicker Kai Forbath. A lot went wrong for the Redskins in the first half against the Eagles. Rocca's one bad kick was really minor considering the myriad of mistakes both the offense (turnovers, a safety, poor pass protection) and defense (missed tackles, blown assignments, dumb penalties) made on the night. Even kicker Kai Forbath had an uncharacteristic miss (Rocca's hold looked fine). Here's hoping he has a more productive performance against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. Aussies on the cusp While Jesse Williams will remain on IR for the entire season, other Aussies are still looking for work. It was reported that former LSU punter Brad Wing worked out for the Redskins:
Former Eagles P Brad Wing worked out for the Redskins last weekend. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 10, 2013This surprises me because by most accounts Rocca had a great preseason. Certainly, he's relatively old at 39 years of age, even for a punter. But even with his lukewarm performance last night I cannot see a scenario where Wing replaces him on the team. Something to pay attention to moving forward. It was also reported by Kristian of Metro New York that Aussie tight end Hayden Smith was worked out by the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.
Former Jets tight end Hayden Smith worked out with Tampa Bay this week, per league source. — Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) September 5, 2013The Buccaneers could certainly be a viable landing spot for Smith, as their current roster holds no outstanding talent at the position. Still, it can be assumed we would have heard by now if they were interested in sighing the former rugby player. We'll continue to keep an eye on these Aussies as the season progresses.