“To be honest, it doesn’t really bother me at all,” Acuna said. “I actually feel pretty humbled and honored and grateful that I’ve received some notoriety and attention, and really all I can try and do is prepare mentally and physically and just do my best and try to make the team.”
Acuna’s acumen started to show at last year’s spring training. He played in the final 13 games and started to prove that Jones was on to something with his assessment. He had a slash line of.296/.387/.444 in the Grapefruit League, including a triple and two doubles.
The Redskins have moved on to Alex Smith, whose acquisition will become official when the new league year begins March 14.
Cousins could set a new bar for NFL contracts, perhaps in excess of $30 million annually.
To that point, he had six touchdowns in the first five games of the season, but he didn’t catch another one.
He was released Wednesday.
Just one season before, he was the NFL’s comeback player of the year when he caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns.
So while 2017 may not suggest he’s a $10 million upgrade, the Vikings are paying that premium for stability.
That’s what Keenum’s career completion rate was before landing in Minnesota. His big season was aided by the presence of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who has worked wonders with his quarterbacks as an assistant coach. He won’t work with Keenum or Cousins this season, as he’s now head coach of the New York Giants. That leaves the very legitimate concern the journeyman quarterback could turn back into a pumpkin.
Grade for Washington: B Plenty of people figured the Chiefs were going to trade Alex Smith this offseason to free up their starting job for 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes.
They were half-right.