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Jordan Reed Ranked 77th on NFL's Top 100 List

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ranked No. 77 on the NFL Top 100 List. Reed had a phenomenal record breaking season in Washington in 2015. He set a franchise record for most receptions by a tight end with 87 total, he set a new record for receiving yards, and tied for most receptions by a tight end. Reed was able to lead the Redskins and broke prior records set in Redskins history by Chris Cooley. Reed strongly impacted the Redskins and finished his most impressive season with 87 receptions, 11 touchdowns, and 1072 total yards. This is the first time that Reed received a ranking on the NFL’s Top 100 List of players in the league. This is a great follow-up to the news of his multimillion dollar 5-year contract extension. He will remain a Redskin until 2021 with his new extension, which starts after his current one expires this season. Along with Reed, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was also ranked 85th on the Top 100 List. Cousins set many franchise records and received a multimillion dollar contract extension to remain the Redskins starting quarterback. Cousins often utilized his connection with Reed to help lead the Redskins to becoming NFC East Division champions. Both Reed and Cousins have shown that they work they put in last season made them worthy of being named to the Top 100 list. Ashli Brown is a writer for the NFC East and the Washington Redskins. Follow her on Twitter at @Loveli_Ashli
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Redskins Sign Jordan Reed to a 5-Year Extension

Today the Washington Redskins released that they signed tight end Jordan Reed to an almost $50 million, 5-year contract extension. The extension included $22 million that is guaranteed to him after his current contract with the Redskins ends after next season. The Redskins signed Reed before he was set to become a free agent next year. Reed told the media “I don't want to be anywhere else but here” and that he loves playing for the Redskins. With his new contract extension Reed will remain in Washington until the end of the 2021 season. Reed is currently tied with Jimmy Graham for the highest paid tight ends in the league. Reed definitely put in the work last season to prove to the Redskins that he is worthy of this contract extension. Last season he finished with setting a franchise record for the most receptions by a tight end with 87, had 11 touchdowns, and 1,072 total yards, which was also another record set by him. He was able to play in 14 games with him missing two because of a concussion. He had a huge impact on the offensive line and a connection with quarterback Kirk Cousins that helped to impact his passer rating. Ashl'i Brown is a writer for the NFC East and the Washington Redskins. Follow her on Twitter at @Loveli_Ashli.
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Brand New Stadium for Redskins' Future

Photo Credit:: Redskins.com The Washington Redskins have officially announced their plans for a brand new stadium. With the details, mock pictures, and a three-dimensional design this stadium looks nothing short of amazing. There has been no official date set for the start of construction nor a location to house the stadium. The only information given thus far regarding a location is that it will remain in the DC Metro Area. The current FedEx field stadium is located in Landover, MD and it will be interesting to see what they will do with FedEx field once the new stadium is built. The new unnamed stadium will seat 60,000 fans and have parking for 25,000 vehicles. There will reportedly be a moat created around the stadium to help with the flow of incoming traffic. The water around the stadium is expected to double as a wave pool in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. A museum or gallery of Washington Redskins' history will be included in the new stadium so fans from all over can come and learn about their favorite team. The new stadium will also house the new headquarters and 4 training fields to be available to staff and team members. To bring this extraordinary vision to life, the Redskins' owner, Dan Snyder, has reportedly hired the well known architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group. This firm is already familiar with the area and has worked with the Smithsonian Institution on the national mall. @Loveli_Ashli
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Redskins Continue to Re-sign Key Players

Photo Credit:: Photo Credit: Redskins.com On Monday the Washington Redskins re-signed cornerback Will Blackmon to a two-year contract after initially leaving him an unsigned free agent. Blackmon finished the best performance of his career last season, as a Redskin, with 57 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. The veteran cornerback previously stated that he wanted to remain with the Redskins. He was signed to the team after the first game of the 2015 season to play for Chris Culliver, while he was suspended. Blackmon excelled, as the season progressed, and became a key defensive player. He will play again and remain one of the Redskins' top cornerbacks along with Bashaud Breeland, Chris Culliver, and Quinton Dunbar. Washington also re-signed Colt McCoy, Mason Foster, and Kedric Golston, who will be returning for his 11th season, before they became free agents. Safety Duke Ihenancho was also re-signed for a one-year contract, along with Redskins' punter Tress Way. As expected, Redskins' quarterback Kirk Cousins will be given almost $20 million dollars for the 2016 season after he was franchise tagged by the team. McCoy has been re-signed to a three-year contract and will remain the backup quarterback. Missing from the returning quarterbacks is RGIII, who was released by the Redskins. So far Washington has only signed two new players. Since the start of free agency, the Redskins have signed defensive end Kendall Reyes and safety David Bruton. There are still key players, who remain free agents, such as running back Alfred Morris and linebacker Keenan Robinson, just to name a few. @Loveli_Ashli
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Redskins NFC East Division Champions

(Photo Cred: Redskins.com) The Washington Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-24, to win the NFC East Division title. The Redskins are now playoff bound for the first time since 2012. The division championship was on the line during this game. The Washington Redskins successfully beat the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch the division, which has not been done since 2012. The Eagles would have needed to beat the Redskins and the New York Giants this upcoming week to win the division title. The Redskins played an awesome game against the Eagles. Washington played together as a team with a common goal. They practiced and prepared mentally and physically for this game. During the game the Redskins never lost their momentum and they kept playing until the very end. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw 4 touchdown passes, no interceptions, and had a season-high 365 yards. Redskins Jordan Reed had two touchdowns, Pierre Garcon had one and Chris Thompson also had a touchdown for Washington. Reed had his best game yet playing against the Eagles. He had 9 catches for 129 yards along with his two touchdown passes. This game brought him to having 10 touchdowns this season and he is the first Redskins player to achieve that since 1991. He also set a franchise record for receiving yards. The Redskins defense also had an impressive game. Preston Smith had three sacks. DeAngelo Hall returned a fumble by Eagles player DeMarco Murray for a 17 yard touchdown. Redskins defense is united and making sure they are commanding respect. The Washington Redskins are division Champions for the first time since 2012 when RG3 led the team, and ended up losing to the Seattle Seahawks during the first game of the playoffs. The Seahawks along with the Vikings and the Packers are possibilities for who the Redskins might have to play in the first round of the playoffs, which will be determined this upcoming Sunday. The Redskins are a hot team right now headed to the playoffs. They struggled all season long to win consecutive games. The game against the Eagles is their third consecutive win and their second on the road. The Redskins are focused and are showing it to the teams they play. Redskins were welcomed home to a swarm of fans at the FedEx stadium cheering them on as they arrived home. Next week the Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys for their last game of the regular season. The Redskins lost the Cowboys during week 13 and are expected to defeat their ultimate division rival this Sunday. The Redskins are now 8-7 and NFC East division champions.
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Redskins Remain Atop NFC East Division

(Photo Cred: Redskins.com) The NFC East division is still in a 3-way tie with the Redskins controlling the top spot for another week. Next week is unpredictable for the Redskins who will play the Buffalo Bills at home. The Redskins have not won two games in a row this season but as they enter their week 15 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, the odds are in their favor as they have only lost 2 games at home this season. After winning against the Chicago Bears the Redskins finally have a road win under their belts. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins led the team to the top spot of the division again as well as Cousins leading the league in completion percentages. Cousins was 24 of 31 for 300 yards, threw one interception, and one touchdown pass. He also rushed for a touchdown putting the Redskins in the lead during the last game. Kirk played very efficient this past Sunday’s game completing a lot of passes. Although Cousins threw one interception during the game, he is doing better with throwing less of them. He has thrown 3 interceptions in his past seven games. He has been learning to look and see where he's throwing. Cousins ranks 18th in the NFL for interception percentage. The Redskins were able to secure their spot in the division by defeating the Bears. Washington kept the lead for most of the game. They had the lead until the third quarter when the Bears came back and tied the game. Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a 50 yard field goal and Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins field goal put the Redskins in the lead to ultimately win the game. There were many factors that contributed to the win of the game that kept the Redskins in first place in the division. Jordan Reed played an awesome game with 9 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. DeSean Jackson played well even with his leg injury. The defensive line also had a strong game with Kerrigan, Baker, and Breeland making tackles. Murphy recovered a Bears fumble for the Redskins. The Redskins are now 6-7. Next week they play the Bills, who are also 6-7, at home for their final home game. For the second continuous week the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles are in a 3-way division tie. The Eagles won last week 23-20 against the Bills while the Giants beat the Dolphins 31-24. Next week the Eagles will play the Cardinals and the Giants will play the Panthers. There are three more division rivalry games left this season. The Redskins and the Eagles play against each other in week 16. The Eagles play the Giants week 17 and Redskins will play the Cowboys for the second time week 17 also. the Redskins will need to remain focused to remain leaders of the division.
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Redskins in Three-Way Tie for Division Lead

(Photo Cred: MileHighReport.com) After winning a division rivalry game last week to the Giants, the Redskins lost at home to long time division rivals, Dallas Cowboys. This game resulted in a 3-way tie between the Redskins, Giants, and the Eagles. This past Sunday the Redskins lost to the Cowboys by a field goal. The Redskins gave the Cowboys their first win without their starting quarterback Tony Romo since 2009. The Cowboys were able to win the game by a 54-yard game winning field goal by their kicker Dan Bailey with only 9 seconds left in the game. Many factors and shortcomings contributed to the loss of the game for Washington. There were a number of penalties, missed blocks, and missed catches. Redskins are still at the top of the division tying with the Giants and the Eagles. Even with the win of this game the Cowboys are still at the bottom of the NFC East division. With this loss the Redskins are still tied in the playoff race. The Cowboys have Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson to thank for helping them score their one and only touchdown. Jackson fumbled on a 22-yard loss punt return that the Cowboys fumbled and capitalized off of. He addressed his mistake to 247sports.com telling them that even though he redeemed himself, he felt terrible that Washington lost. DeSean feels that he is a veteran in the league and he knew that he should have done a better job protecting the ball. The Redskins did not capitalize off of any of the three Cowboys fumbles. The Cowboys capitalized off Jackson's fumble to briefly put them in the lead. The team hurt themselves with turnovers, their struggle to get points, and the offensive line struggling throughout the night. This loss resulted in the Redskins not securing the top spot leading the division for another week. The Redskins are currently 5-7 and the Cowboys are now 4-8. Redskins have to win next week to stay atop of the division. Next week the Redskins will take on the Chicago Bears, who are third in their division, in Chicago. Like the Redskins, the Bears are also 5-7. This will be a struggle for them with the Redskins being 0-5 on the road and also a challenge for the Bears who are 1-5 at home. With only 4 games remaining and no easy games for any of the teams in the division, this week will determine the first place team in the tie between the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles. The Philadelphia Eagles play the 6-6 Buffalo Bills at the Eagles Stadium this Sunday. The New York Giants will play the Miami Dolphins on Monday night and are are also 5-7 like them. The Cowboys, who are in last place in the NFC East division play the green Bay Packers who are 8-4.
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Washington's Best Offensive and Defensive Performance

(Photo via: USA Today) This past Sunday, the Washington Redskins defeated the New Orleans Saints 47-14.  This game was the Redskins best offensive and defensive overall performance. During Sunday’s game when Kirk Cousins connected with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, it set the tone for the remainder of the game. That play resulted in a 42 yard gain. Washington covered 96 yards in 10 plays, which is the team’s longest drive in 15 years. The offensive line perfected the passing game and running the ball. This game showed that the running game was back with backs Matt Jones and Alfred Morris assisting in gaining 225 net rushing yards. Morris gained 92 yards on 15 carries, Jones had 11 rushes for 56 yards, and running back Chris Thompson had 2 rushes for 54 yards. The team took advantage of the Saints bad defense by dominating the second half of the game. The defensive line outplayed theirs and according to NFL.com, linebacker Perry Riley ranked second for the top catches of the week with him making five. This ranking came after Riley struggling in pass coverage a few weeks prior. Throughout the game the defense assisted with two interceptions. The first interception Redskins safety Dashon Goldson caught and ran in for a touchdown. The second one was intercepted by Riley. Linebacker Trent Murphy and defensive end Chris Baker assisted with sacks and tackles. Sunday was Cousins’ best game so far this season. This game gave Cousins a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He is also the first Redskins quarterback with at least 300 yards passing and a rating above 150. Cousins completed 20 for 25 passes, had 324 yards, and 4 touchdown passes, which has been a career high for him. Cousins connected with Jamison Crowder, Matt Jones, and Jordan Reed twice for touchdowns. Cousins threw no interceptions this game. The Redskins worked together as a team to outplay the Saints in many different ways. Throughout the afternoon the Redskins kept the lead in the game. Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins had the chance to play against his former Saints team as well as Saints kicker Kai Forbath who got cut by the Redskins earlier this season. Hopkins completed all four of his three point field goal attempts and five extra point kicks. The Redskins are currently 4-5 and second in the NFC East division. This upcoming Sunday the Redskins will play the undefeated Carolina panthers.
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Redskins Complete Biggest Comeback in Franchise History

On Sunday, the Redskins completed the biggest comeback in Redskins history against the Buccaneers. The Redskins won 31-30, with the Redskins now being 3-4. (Photo Credit: Redskins.com) This Sunday started out like many other games with the Redskins losing. This game was approached with much anticipation. Until Sunday, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had not been reaching the expectations that Coach Gruden has set for him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the first and second quarters with Redskins trailing 24-0 until the last five minutes of the second quarter. After the first touchdown by the Redskins, the first half of the game ended 24-7 with the Redskins still trailing. After a very disappointing first half, the Redskins snapped into action. The team is known to lose momentum in the third quarter, but this game was the exact opposite. The running game still was not up to par, especially in the first half, but the team pulled it together to achieve this win. Cousins showed that he could prevail through the pressure of the “code red” that Gruden labeled this game. Cousins redeemed himself to Redskins fans after this win. During the second half, the team was able to score three touchdowns all with the extra point kicked by Hopkins. Cousins was able to connect with Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Andre Roberts. Ryan Grant also caught touchdown pass, which resulted in his first NFL touchdown and the score being 24-14. When asked by the media how Coach Gruden felt about the game he replied, “it was a good performance by a lot of guys”. This game was the Redskins comeback after a two game losing streak to the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets. Tampa Bay received 16 penalties which gave the Redskins a lot of extra yards. Hopkins assisted the team by making all 4 of his field goal attempts. This Game Cousins ran the ball in for the first touchdown to put the Redskins on the board. Cousins completed 33 out of 40 passes for 317 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Most importantly Cousins threw no interceptions this game. The touchdown catch by Jordan Reed with 28 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter finally put the Redskins in the lead. Gruden felt that this history making comeback showed the player's character, how they stuck together, and their will to comeback. After the game Cousins was extremely hyped up as he should have been for the win. According to CBSsports.com the previous franchise record was a 21 point comeback on three different times and this was the fourth win in NFL history where the opposing team scored the first 24 or more points within the last quarter century. This game started out as an embarrassment and another expected loss but turned out to be a multiple achievement and historic win. There were still key players out of this game such as DeAngelo Hall, DeSean Jackson, Chris Culliver, and Kory Lichtenstieger. Ryan Kerrigan was injured during the game with a hand injury and needed surgery. On Monday Kerrigan tweeted that his surgery was successful and he is looking forward to being back on the field soon. After the upcoming bye week the Redskins will play the New England Patriots. The Redskins go into their bye week 3-4 and second in the NFC East division.