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Cundiff happy to land with Redskins

Cundiff happy to land with Redskins

Hoursafter signing a one-year contract to play for the Redskins, Billy Cundiff saidsurprised to have been discarded by the Ravens but excited to get anotherchance so soon.Tohave the door shown to me a little bit earlier than I thought, but then to havea team come up right away and say they want my services, Cundiff said, thatsa big pat on the back, a confidence booster.Cundiff,who will wear No. 5 in Washington, practiced with the team Tuesday and will make his debutWednesday in the preseason finale against the Buccaneers at FedEx Field.The32-year-old Cundiff was released by the Ravens on Sunday after losing his jobto rookie Justin Tucker. Cundiff made Pro Bowl in 2010 but made only 28 of 37 field goal attempts last season, including just one of six kicks from 50 or more yards.Cundiffsaid he was disappointed in the Ravens' decision but never doubted himself.Iknew I was kicking extremely well, Cundiff said. If you look at my stats thepast two years in Baltimore, I was 90-percent inside of 50, 84 combinedtouchbacks and I had only missed one kick inside of 40 in two years.Thatmiss, though, was a big one. Cundiff yanked a 32-yard field goal attempt wideleft in the final minute of Baltimores 23-20 loss at New England last seasonsAFC championship game.Askedif that misfire ultimately led to his departure, Cundiff said he wasnt sure.Itcould be, he said. Thats what I asked them, and they said it wasnt. But tobe perfectly honest, it doesnt matter anymore.Pressedon the circumstances of the critical miss and whether he was rushed through his pre-kick routine, he said:After a couple of days, I was able to put it in proper perspective. There weresituations surrounding the kick that were different than any other fourthquarter kick that I had. The Baltimore Ravens know what happened. There wereabout seven things that all went wrong.Cundiffsaid he was approached by the Redskins as soon as he cleared waivers Monday. Heimmediately asked for assurances that he would be the teams only kicker, which presumably led to Graham Ganos release Tuesday morning.Thatwas one of the situations that was important as we looked at all the teamsthat were out there, Cundiff said. We wanted to know we were going to go somewherewhere we werent going to have the rug pulled out last minute. I feel like Iearned that.

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When it comes to Madden corners, there's Josh Norman, then everyone else

When it comes to Madden corners, there's Josh Norman, then everyone else

What do Chris Harris Jr., Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis have in common? They're all excellent NFL corners — and they all rank behind Josh Norman when it comes to ratings in Madden 17.

The Bronco (93 overall), the Seahawk (92), the Cardinal (91) and the Jet (91) should be proud of the grades handed to them for the next edition of the legendary video game. It's Norman, though, who's at the top of these top-notch defenders, checking in with a skillset that's good enough for a 94 in the eyes of EA Sports.

"Norman is expected to be a lock down corner for the Redskins this season," reads the description underneath Norman's name in a post ranking the elite cornerbacks that was published Thursday. "He is best in zone with his 97 zone coverage rating, but has the ability to match up in man to man situations with 90 speed and 92 man coverage."

These numbers are subject to change during the course of the season, so if No. 24 has a rough outing or two, he could tumble down a few points and give up the crown to someone else. As it stands now, however, Madden thinks he's the preeminent man at his position. 

And that's something Odell Beckham Jr. can't say.

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Redskins activate Perry Riley from PUP list, LB set for practice

Redskins activate Perry Riley from PUP list, LB set for practice

After opening training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced that LB Perry Riley has been activated and will practice on Friday.

Riley went out last December with a foot injury and missed the Redskins run to the NFC East title. A six-year veteran, Riley was drafted by the 'Skins in 2010 and emerged as a starter in 2011. Riley struggled somewhat early in the 2015 season, but his play was improving into the second half of the year.

"I expect him to come on and continue his strides," Gruden said of Riley's improved play. 

Coindence or not, Riley's play improved once Will Compton took over at starting linebacker for Keenan Robinson.

"I think it did," Gruden said of Riley playing better paired with Compton. "Maybe it's just the whole entire defense got better as the season went on."

Gruden said that the defense as a whole was becoming more comfortable with new coordinator Joe Barry, and that should only increase this season. 

Some think with a $5 million cap number - and a potential savings of $4 million if he was released - Riley could be subject to a roster squeeze. But after Compton and Mason Foster, Riley is the only inside linebacker with significant NFL experience on the roster compared to Martrell Spaight, Steven Daniels and Terence Garvin. 

It will be interesting to watch Riley's return from injury, both to see how he looks, and to watch where he fits with the defense. In nine games last season, Riley grabbed two interceptions and 24 tackles.

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Josh Norman using his physicality to help cure Matt Jones of 'fumble-itis'

Josh Norman using his physicality to help cure Matt Jones of 'fumble-itis'

RICHMOND—Josh Norman was brought to the Redskins to help the defense. But he’s trying to solve one of the potentially biggest problems facing the other side of the ball.

In a part-time role last year, running back Matt Jones fumbled the ball five times, losing four of them. This year Jones is projected to be the full-time running back and if he continues to fumble at the same rate Norman and company will be coming onto the field a lot sooner than they planned on many occasions.

Norman has taken it upon himself to try to fix this. When Jones is carrying the ball Norman makes an effort to knock it out of the back’s arms. It’s become a running competition between the two.

“We crack up all the time because [Jones] knows when he comes to that hole I’m looking for that ball,” said Norman. “I’m punching; I’m looking to get it out of there.”

So far, Jones is doing a good job with ball security, something he’s been working on all offseason.

“He’s holding that thing high and tight and I don’t know if I've got him once yet,” said Norman.

Norman said that his goal is to knock the ball out of Jones’ grasp five times during training camp.

“I’m going to be lurking, trust me, I’m going to try and get it,” he said. “And that makes him better because he knows he’s going to have to hold that thing tight.”