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First back-to-back winning record for Redskins since 1997

First back-to-back winning record for Redskins since 1997

With an 8-7-1 record, the Washington Redskins have finished with their second straight winning record, a feat the franchise has not accomplished since the 1997-98 season.

Last year the Redskins won the NFC East with a 9-7 record. 

Ironically enough the team's records in 1996 and 1997: 9-7 followed by 8-7-1.

Washington ended their season with a 19-10 loss to the New York Giants in basically a win-and-in scenario. The team will be missing the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons and seven of the last nine. 

The last time the team made the playoffs in back-to-back years goes even farther back to the 1992-93 season.

It may not have been the way Washington and their fans wanted to end the season but with the positive trend the franchise has taken compared to the team's past twenty years, the future is bright with this team. After all, they are in select company with New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, and Green Bay as the only teams that passed the .500 mark in the past two seasons. All of which are in the playoffs, except for Denver.

Hopefully for the team, history does not continue to repeat itself as finished 6-10 in 1998-99. 

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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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