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Jay Gruden calls facing Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham 'pick your poison'

Jay Gruden calls facing Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham 'pick your poison'

At 1-6, the Giants occupy the basement of the NFC East, and by the looks of the team's trades this week, the New York front office appears to be giving up on the 2018 season. 

Still, don't for a second think this team lacks talent. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden knows better anyway. 

"They're a good football team. We just mentioned two players that are possible Pro Bowl players – Saquon and obviously Odell," Gruden said on Thursday. 

While the Giants' record is among the worst in the NFL, the team arguably has the two most talented offensive players in the division in Odell Beckham and rookie Saquon Barkley. Beckham is a household name, and despite plenty of tabloid headlines, he's been electric on the field. He ranks in the NFL's Top 5 in receptions and receiving yards despite poor play from Eli Manning this season. 

Barkley has been quite impressive, particularly playing behind a bad Giants offensive line. He leads the NFL in runs of 20-yards-or-more and 40-yards-or-more. He's also proven to be a dangerous pass catcher out of the backfield. 

Add it all up and the Redskins have their hands full defensively in Sunday's matchup in the Meadowlands.

In five career games against Washington, Beckham has owned the Redskins. He's posted nearly 540 yards on 40 catches with five touchdowns. What's worse for the Redskins is that cornerback Quinton Dunbar seems unlikely to play while he deals with a nerve injury in his shin. 

Without Dunbar, the Redskins will need to rely on Josh Norman to cover Beckham. 

That duo has produced volatile results, and while Norman will deal with Beckham primarily, other corners will inevitably get matched up. That means second-year cornerback Fabian Moreau and rookies Greg Stroman and Danny Johnson need to bring their best game to New York. 

"We'll have a plan for Odell, but our corners are going to have to strap up and play. We can't triple him or double him every time. If you start doing that, you are lighting the box for Saquon Barkley so it's pick your poison," Gruden said. 

About Barkley - in seven career NFL games, he's averaging about 130 total yards with seven touchdowns. Don't even extrapolate those numbers to a 16-game season, because they're bananas. 

"He can jump cut. He can run you over," Gruden said of Barkley. "He can catch. I don’t know what else you want a back to be."

For Redskins fans looking for a silver lining, the Washington run defense has been particularly strong this season. In consecutive games, the Burgundy and Gold limited Christian McCaffrey and Ezekiel Elliott to less than 60 yards. Combined. 

Barkley and Beckham are serious competition, but for most of the first half of the 2018 season, the Redskins have been up to the test.

Another big one looms Sunday. 

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 

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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.

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