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“I didn’t even feel the ball hit my foot I was so jacked up and pumped up,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh God, did I hit it?’”

Brooks calmed down from there, averaging a hang time of 4.48 seconds on his seven kicks. Special teams coach Danny Smith’s goal is 4.5 seconds, and Brooks achieved that four times (4.72, 4.97, 4.72 and 4.63 seconds).

Brooks had a 34.9-yard net average, below the team goal of 37.5 yards.

“I thought he was solid for his first real game,” Zorn said. “We would have loved to seen the ball once or twice go further inside the 20, but he didn’t seem to have jitters. I looked into his eyes, and he seemed like a little kid playing in this big game, but he was very confident.”

Said Brooks: “After my first punt, especially in the second half, I felt great and I felt I got better as the game went on. I have to figure out how to feel like I did in the second half during the first half.”

Davis steps in

Zorn praised rookie tight end Fred Davis, who got most of the snaps in Cooley’s place.

“I don’t think Fred had a better day all of training camp than he did today both on our [scout] team and getting legit reps because Cooley was out,” he said. “I would love to see him put those things back to back to back because that was a very good performance.”

Redskins worth $1.5 billion

The Redskins remained the second-most valuable team in professional sports, trailing only the rival Dallas Cowboys in Forbes Magazine’s latest team valuation rankings. The team is now worth $1.538 billion, a 5 percent increase over last season. The Cowboys are now worth $1.612 billion.

Washington still ranks as the top team in terms of revenue and operating income. Forbes said the team brought in $327 million last year with an operating income of $58.1 million, according to Forbes. The New England Patriots, New York Jets and New York Giants round out the top five.

The magazine said the average NFL team is now worth $1.04 billion, marking the first time a league has passed the $1 billion barrier.