Cruz: Redskins not 'legitimate' contenders

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Cruz: Redskins not 'legitimate' contenders

Victor Cruz is going from being nice, feel-good story to being someone who is getting to be, well, annoying.

He was an undrafted free agent whose first attempt to make the Giants was lost due to injury. Last year he broke through in spectacular fashion, catching 82 passes for 1536 yards and nine touchdowns and the Giants won the Super Bowl.

But then, he decided that this one season was great enough for him to write a book about it. Then he filmed the soup commercials, which are aggravating no matter who does them (looking at you, Donovan). And now the salsa dance he does after scoring a touchdown has become a “thing” to the point where NBC piped the dance music they play at the stadium into our TV speakers after Cruz scored against the Packers Sunday night.

And now he thinks he is some sort of NFL personnel evaluator.

When New York reporters asked him if the Redskins were legitimate contenders for the playoffs, he said this:

They’re still a couple pieces away from actually being a contender, them being in legitimate talks for playoffs and things like that. They’re still a few pieces away whether it be defensively or wherever they are missing some pieces.

He did go on to say that the Redskins are “in the conversation” for the playoffs but apparently that talk is not “legitimate” in his eyes.

The Redskins, as anyone who watches them can see, are not a team without flaws. They do have some major holes. But Cruz really has no business judging whether or not the Redskins are a complete team. They beat his team twice last year and were within a minute and change of beating them again this year. If they are “a few pieces away” then one might conclude that the Giants are missing a few vital parts as well.

In fact, they are. New York won the Super Bowl last year with a sub-mediocre offensive line and with linebackers and defensive backs who wouldn’t be starters for many other NFL teams. They ranked 27th in yards allowed, 25th in points allowed, and were the only Super Bowl champs ever to be outscored during the regular season. Nobody is saying that they are not “legitimate” champions.

The 2012 Redskins are not the 2011 Giants but they are only one game out of the playoffs and one game behind where New York was after 11 games last year. Again, if the Redskins are not legitimate then you have to wonder if the Giants are.

I’m not sure why Cruz would choose to talk down his team’s upcoming opponent. One can only hope that his words come back to haunt him. Perhaps then he will go back to being the happy, humble guy who was such a great story a year ago.

Redskins sign 13 undrafted free agents

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Redskins sign 13 undrafted free agents

The Redskins have signed 10 undrafted college free agents, according to the NFL transaction report.

  • Bowen, Kevin, T, East Central
  • Carter, Tevin, DB, Utah
  • Diggs, Reggie, WR, Richmond
  • Ederaine, Ejiro, LB, Fresno State
  • Gore, Joe, T, Clemson
  • Jackson, Dominick, T, Alabama
  • Kelley, Rob, RB, Tulane
  • Kerridge, Joe, RB, Michigan
  • Lanier, Anthony, DE, Alabama A&M
  • Showers, Valdez, WR, Florida
  • Cooper, Michael, TE, Indiana
  • Harris, Maurice, WR, California 
  • Matias-Smith, Geno, DB, Alabama

Look for additional signings and additional details on the newly-signed Redskins here at CSNmidatlantic.com. 

Jordan Reed doesn't see how defenses will be able to keep up with Redskins' legion of receivers

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Jordan Reed doesn't see how defenses will be able to keep up with Redskins' legion of receivers

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed signed a contract extension on Thursday that will keep him as a valued member of the team through the 2021 season. With the team coming off an NFC East championship last season, things are looking up in the nation's capital.

Reed joined "Redskins Nation" host Larry Michael on Thursday to discuss his new contract and to look ahead to 2016. (Watch the clip in the video player above)

RELATED: Reed eager to prove Redskins made the right investment

On how his teammates reacted to the new deal: "Everybody, you know, gave a round of applause, things like that. I appreciate everybody and I'm just happy to be able to grow with these guys more and be on this team."

On how defense will play him: "Maybe I will get more attention from defenses but with all the weapons we got on offense right now, I don't see how they can send too many guys my way, you know with D-Jax (DeSean Jackson), Pierre (Garcon), Vernon (Davis), Niles (Paul) and (Josh) Doctson coming in, you know. It's going to be tough."

Tune in to "Redskins Nation" at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday for the full interview, only on CSN Mid-Atlantic.

 

Jordan Reed discusses big contract extension with the Redskins

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Jordan Reed discusses big contract extension with the Redskins

Jordan Reed performed like one of the NFL’s top tight ends in 2015. Now, he’s going to get paid like one of them, too.

On Thursday, Reed signed a five-year contract extension with the Redskins that will keep him in Washington through the 2021 season. 

The deal, according to ProFootballTalk.com is worth just under $50 million and includes $22 million in guarantees.

“It means a lot that the Redskins invested that kind of money in me, and think that highly of me as a player and as a person,” Reed said on a conference call with Washington area reporters. “I’m going to show them that they made a good investment and I’m going to prove them right in making me one of the highest paid.”

Reed put himself in position for a huge extension with a breakout 2015 season. In 14 games, he recorded career highs in catches (87), receiving yards (952 yards) and touchdowns (11). The 25-year-old put an exclamation point on the campaign over the final five contests (including the Wild Card loss to the Packers), a stretch in which he amassed 38 receptions, 458 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Reed said discussions heated up shortly after the playoffs. And although he characterized the talks as “positive” throughout, he did become concerned when the team unexpectedly struck a deal 5-year, $75 million deal with All Pro cornerback Josh Norman.

That concern, as it turned out, was unfounded.  

“It was a concern when they signed Norman because of the cap room, but I guess they made it work and were able to give me what my agent was asking for at the time,” Reed said. 

As for his reputation for spending a lot of time on the sidelines due to injuries—he’s missed 14 games in three seasons—Reed said he hopes to shake that label completely in 2016 after making solid strides last year.  

“I just figured out a routine that was effective for me,” Reed said of his improved health in ‘15. “When I talk to the [training staff and coaches] these days, it really doesn’t come up. I just want to move on and show that I can play 16 games.”

Reed has spent the past two months working in Miami with the same trainer that helped him prepare for the combine. After OTAs, he intends to return to Trent Williams’ gym in Houston for several more weeks of prep work.

“That’s where I trained before the season last year,” Reed said. “[Personal trainer and nutritionist James Cooper] helped me a lot and put a lot of muscle on me. His workouts are real hard so he was able to make practices and games easy, working those hot summers in Texas.”