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After week off, Jordan Reed feels 'a lot more healthy' and ready for Giants

After week off, Jordan Reed feels 'a lot more healthy' and ready for Giants

Ever since sustaining a separated shoulder against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Jordan Reed has struggled to regain his starring role in the Redskins offense.

After a few tough hits to the shoulder and an ejection for throwing a punch in the Panthers game, Reed did not practice or play all of last week.

By most accounts Friday, holding out Reed last week will work out for the Washington offense this week against the Giants.

"Definitely. It paid off," Reed said when asked if sitting out last week was the correct call. "It was all our decision together, and I think it was the right choice."

Reed missed two games earlier this year dealing with a concussion injury, but missing the Bears game was different. The word on Reed's shoulder injury was that the tight end would be forced to play through significant pain for the rest of the year, but against Carolina, it was obvious the pain got worse. 

The tight end took a few shots direct to the shoulder against the Panthers, some that looked intentional, but Reed does not believe anything happened outside of the scope of the game. In fact, Reed seemed to regret throwing the punch and getting thrown out of the game.

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"That comes with the game of football," he said. "I reacted wrong the last game, and I got to make the right choices, keep my composure in the future."

Arguably the best catching tight end in the NFL, Reed is a tremendous asset for Kirk Cousins on the offense. The shoulder injury has severely limited Reed's ability in the run game, and that will remain a question on Sunday.

"I took that week off and that allowed me to heal up some and now I can block and do some things in the run game," he said. 

Prior to the Cowboys game when he got injured, Reed had not played less than 50 snaps all season, per Pro Football Focus. In the two games he's played since, Reed has played just 26 snaps, and only has two catches. 

Jay Gruden spoke highly of Reed's recovery this week, even using some interesting language.

"Jordan looks great, man. He looks like a ballerina out there," the coach said. 

"He’s very light on his feet, running and jumping. We’re not doing a lot of contact now, but I think he feels pretty good with his shoulder."

Reed feeling better is good news for the Redskins, but especially if it means he can get back to his normal level of production Sunday against the Giants. 

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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here

 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

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Timeline 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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