The Washington Redskins have signed cornerback David Jones and waived-injured cornerback Crezdon Butler.
Jones spent training camp with the Redskins, but was cut at the end of preseason. He previously played three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and two with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We’ve got to play much better as a secondary,” head coach Mike Shanahan admitted on Monday. “Our secondary’s got to be much better than we played on Sunday.”
The maligned unit has blown several assignments and missed a plethora of open-field tackles over the past two weeks. On Sunday, cornerbacks Josh Wilson and Richard Crawford were both beaten for long touchdowns on plays where they didn’t have any safety help
Heck, on the opening play of the game the Bengals completed a 73-yard touchdown pass out of the wildcat when AJ Green streaked past safety DeJon Gomes before making a catch and sprinting untouched into the endzone. The fact that Gomes was lined up over Green while cornerback DeAngelo Hall was marking quarterback Andy Dalton, split-out along the sideline, is as bothersome as how open Green was when he caught the football.
“One hit is too many,” the Redskins rookie quarterback said. “But the one thing I won’t do personally is quit. Or play scared. I’ve never played scared in my life. So it doesn’t matter how many times they hit me. I’m going to continue to get back up.
“Even if they have to cart me off the field, I’m going to get up off that cart and walk away.”
Frustration with the NFL’s use of replacement referees gave way to outrage after another batch of blunders, none more infamous than the up-for-grabs pass to the end zone that helped Seattle beat Green Bay on the final play of Monday night’s game.
The league put an official stamp on the victory, saying in a statement Tuesday that while the refs did indeed miss a penalty call there was no reason to overturn the TD that cost the Packers the game.