Griffin's 'upbeat' attitude never wavers

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Griffin's 'upbeat' attitude never wavers

Robert Griffin III’s ability to make a play in the clutch is apparent. What’s not so obvious, though, is the subtle impact the ebullient rookie has made behind the scenes at Redskins Park.

On the practice field. In the classroom. The weight room, too. 

And particularly after a tough loss (or two).

“So far, just working with him for a year, Robert has been the same every Monday,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said when asked how Griffin, 22, keeps his teammates' "chins up" in difficult times. 

“Whether he’s been good or bad,” Shanahan continued, “whether we’ve won or lost, he comes in upbeat and eager to get better.”

Griffin’s enthusiasm, coaches and players said, is infectious.

“It’s important because after a loss you’re just trying to move on,” running back Evan Royster said. “You need to get ready for the week to come and you can’t change the past. That’s just who he is: Robert’s a happy person. It brings out the best in everybody."

Added Coach Mike Shanahan: "He's an upbeat guy. He looks at the positive and he's tough on himself at the same time. His disposition is very good."

Griffin’s positive attitude has been especially important in recent days given the team's struggles.

Two weeks ago, a defensive lapse in the final moments led to a gut-wrenching loss to the Giants. Last Sunday, Redskins receivers dropped 10 of his 34 pass attempts in a disheartening 27-12 loss in Pittsburgh.

If ever there were a time for Griffin to brood and sulk, this week would have been it. Instead, he arrived in Ashburn on Monday morning to begin preparing for this week's pivotal game against the Panthers in a familiar frame of mind.

“You need that from your quarterback,” Shanahan said. “When you have guys in those roles and they’re really down and moping around it definitely affects the whole team. It’s important on any NFL team to have big players in key positions, especially the quarterback, act that way.”

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)

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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.”