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Jay Gruden not worried about Josh Norman against Odell Beckham

Jay Gruden not worried about Josh Norman against Odell Beckham

Prior to their Week 3 matchup, the whole world seemed to focus on Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham. The hype was understandable.

In their 2015 meeting, the level of play went from physical to dangerous, as Beckham attempted to spear Norman. Once Norman signed with Washington in the offseason, one of the first questions he answered came about facing Beckham twice a year. The trash talk got dialed up throughout the summer, and by game time in late September, the entire NFL was ready for the matchup. 

Beckham put up strong stats in that game, seven catches for 121 yards, but Norman's team got the win. Now, the two men are slated for another matchup this Sunday at FedEx Field, but the noise surrounding the pairing is significantly dialed down.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden was asked Wednesday if he would say something to Norman about keeping his cool against Beckham, and the coach made clear he didn't find that neccessary.

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"Josh has done an excellent job playing within the system and playing within himself and, you know, the headlines are the headlines, but come game time he’s got himself ready to play," Gruden said. "He stays focused on his job, his responsibility and I think he’ll do the same thing against Odell and the Giants."

While Norman has made some headlines this season, largely, his play has been superb and he's been a model citizen. He's been fined a few times, at times unfairly, and penalized heavily. Beckham has played tremendously, but has had sporadic emotional outbursts, including another showing after New York's loss last Thursday night to the Eagles when he growled at himself while holding his head against a metal security gate. 

The Giants' star receiver has talked about his need to stay under control, both on and off the field. During their Week 3 matchup, Beckham inadvertently blasted himself with a kicking net after swinging wildly at the net with his helmet, widely considered to be reflective of his frustration from going against Norman. 

A huge difference in this week's game: The Giants have already locked up the No. 5 NFC playoff spot. For one week, the pressure should be off Beckham, as his team has nothing to play for against Washington. That said, New York coach Ben McAdoo has repeatedly said he will play his starters. How long the volatile star plays, however, remains a question.

"They’re going to play the game," McAdoo said of his starters, providing little clarity. 

Already, the Giants aren't taking any shots at Norman, contrary to what happened before the last matchup.

"I think he’s a good player and I think he’s played well," Giants wideout Victor Cruz said Wednesday. "Obviously watching him over the course of the season, he’s done some positive things. I wish the guy nothing but the best."

Norman vs Beckham in Week 3 had buzz, a lot of it.

Norman vs Beckham in Week 17, so far, seems quiet.

Expect that to change once the ball is in the air.

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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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