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Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook both meet with Redskins at NFL Combine

Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook both meet with Redskins at NFL Combine

Even with their red zone issues, the Redskins had one of the NFL's top offenses in 2016, finishing third in the league in yards per game. Consider that, plus the fact that Washington's defense didn't put up much resistance against their opponents, and the widespread opinion is that the team should nab a defender with their first-round pick at No. 17 in the draft.

That doesn't mean the decision-makers are just ignoring offensive players, though, and two such players — Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey — told reporters at the NFL Combine that they've both met with Washington this week in Indianapolis.

Cook and McCaffrey are two of the most appealing running backs in this year's class, and will appear in the top three of most analyst's rankings along with Leonard Fournette.

One of those analysts, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., actually has the Redskins taking Cook in his latest mock draft, so at least in his mind, Washington meeting with the Florida State product isn't just a cursory event. With that being said, the 'Skins will be vetting tons of prospects at the Combine, so these interviews certainly don't mean that fans in the DMV should start making room in their closet for a Cook or McCaffrey jersey.

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If either player is indeed available when the Redskins are up to make their selection in April, the classic "best player available vs. drafting a position of need" argument would occur again. The team's backfield isn't set by any means even with contributors like Robert Kelley and Matt Jones on the roster, but on the list of priorities, running back lags far behind areas like defensive line, linebacker and safety.

Could the Redskins afford what would be somewhat of a luxury pick when there are other holes that need to be filled? That's something the front office will need to weigh. And by meeting with Cook and McCaffrey, it appears that they are in fact evaluating it, at least to some extent.

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

Report: Trent Williams wants a new deal or a trade from Redskins

INDIANAPOLIS -- While recent meetings between Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams helped repair the relationship between star player and team, the situation isn't resolved.

In fact, Williams still wants to be traded if he can't get a new contract, according to a new report from NFL Network.

Williams did not play a single snap for Washington in 2019. Not one. That came as the result of a cancer scare that he didn't believe was adequately handled by the Redskins medical staff. He also lost trust in former team president Bruce Allen. Importantly too, Williams wanted a new contract with lots of guaranteed money. 

Rivera has overhauled the Redskins medical staff and Allen is obviously gone from the team, but the contract hurdles remain. 

For the Redskins a new deal for Williams might not make a lot of sense. He will turn 32 in July and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013. He's also a great player, so perhaps an extension could make sense. 

The best read on the situation is Williams likely won't play on his current contract, which has one-year remaining and a salary-cap charge of $14.5 million. None of that money is guaranteed. 

Right now, it seems like both sides are playing nice. The Redskins don't want to come out and say they're not going to pay Trent. And Trent's side doesn't want to come out and demand a trade. The meetings with Rivera and Williams mattered in that a resolution that pleases both sides is possible. 

What seems impossible, or at least unlikely at this point, is that Williams wears the Burgundy and Gold this fall unless a new contract emerges.

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