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After another outburst and with playoffs clinched, should Giants rest Odell Beckham vs Redskins?

After another outburst and with playoffs clinched, should Giants rest Odell Beckham vs Redskins?

Giants WR Odell Beckham looked to be in particular angst after a loss to the Eagles last week, and talked about being out of gas late in the game. 

This video shows Beckham holding his head against a metal security gate after the loss, and reports show he was growling to himself approaching the locker room.

In the middle of another monster season, Beckham has scored 10 touchdowns this year to go with more than 1,300 receiving yards, but the weight of being a great player in New York City might be getting to to third-year star out of LSU. Always one for the spotlight, at various times this season, Beckham has looked volatile on the field and talked about his need to keep his emotions under control.  

With the Giants spot in the playoffs clinched, should New York rest OBJ? It might seem a silly question, but it's one that New York Daily News' Giants reporter Pat Leonard suggested last week. From Leonard, in what was an especially rough column on the 'Skins and Josh Norman:

Beckham is the Giants’ most important player. They have won eight of nine games and have earned this advantageous position to potentially make the shrewdest of season-savings decisions. That would be to sit No. 13 in Week 17 and prevent Norman from spoiling Big Blue’s run for Super Bowl No 5.

Leonard's column is prime tabloid fodder, heavy on unnecessary and incorrect insults for Washington, but his point is interesting. Norman undoubtedly gets in Beckham's head. In two meetings, the Giants star has melted down with weird to disturbing episodes both times. He tried to spear Norman last season, and this year, Beckham took his frustrations from being matched up with the corner out on a kicking net. It didn't end well.

Eli Manning made clear he does not intend to rest against the 'Skins, but Manning doesn't suffer with the emotional outbursts that come from Beckham so often. Other veteran Giant players talked openly about using some rest before the playoffs. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas said it would be "great" to rest Week 17. 

It will be an interesting call for Giants coach Ben McAdoo, and he will get asked about it plenty. 

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."