Royster changes number, hopes to start Sunday

Royster changes number, hopes to start Sunday

Evan Royster missed the Redskins third exhibition game because of swelling in his right knee. A week later, he was pulled in the first half of the teams preseason finale after experiencing numbness in his arms.

On Monday, however, Royster participated fully in practice and said he hopes to be tapped by Coach Mike Shanahan as the starting tailback for the regular season opener in New Orleans five days from now.

Royster is listed ahead of Roy Helu Jr. and Alfred Morris on the teams unofficial depth chart.

Everything is good, Royster said of the ailments. They dont even make me go in the training room anymore. Everything is cleared up.

Royster described the neck injury as scary but ultimately minor in nature.

It was a little weird, he said. I was pass-blocking and somebody jumped and landed on top of my head. I felt numbness and tingling go down both my arms. The Redskins training staff told me, Youre done. Dont even risk it.

Nothing ever came of it, he added. Im fine.

Now, he just hopes his number his new one, that is gets called when the starters are announced Sunday at the Superdome. Royster ditched No. 35 for No. 22, the jersey number he wore at Penn State. (No. 22 was vacated by cornerback Kevin Barnes when he was traded to Detroit last week.)

I just didnt like 35, the 24-year-old Fairfax native explained. I told them if a number in the 20s opens up, pencil me in. It just so happens this is the number I wore in college.

Royster said Shanahan hasnt told the running backs which of them will get the nod against the Saints.

Sunday, Royter chuckled when asked when he expects to find out. I have no idea. Its hard to tell. Im just practicing like Im going to start.

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.”

Jordan Reed eager to prove he's worth the money

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Jordan Reed eager to prove he's worth the money

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.

RELATED: Redskins building a strong core of elite players 

“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.”