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Kirk Cousins, Pierre Garcon unveil custom cleats for 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign

Kirk Cousins, Pierre Garcon unveil custom cleats for 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign

The NFL has taken a big public relations hit this year with their archaic approach to individual expression from their players.

The league office doles out fines on a weekly basis for illegal celebrations and game apparel violations.

Vernon Davis was docked over $12,000 for celebrating a Week 8 touchdown against the Eagles by shooting the football as if it were a basketball. Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson was fined over $6,000 for wearing cleats with images of caution tape during the team's Week 4 win over the Browns. 

But with Week 13 approaching, more than 500 players will take part in "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign, in which players promote and raise money for the charity or cause of their choice through wearing cleats with the charity's design on it.

When the Redskins take the field against the Cardinals on Sunday, two of the team's most high-profile players will be donning cleats in honor of two worthy causes. 

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who spent some time earlier this season providing hurricane relief to his native country of Haiti, unveiled his special cleats, which honors the "Pierre Garcon helping Hands Foundation."

Quarterback Kirk Cousins is also participating in the campaign and is supporting IJM, the Washington, D.C. based organization that works toward ending worldwide violence and oppression. Cousins donated the sales of his "You Like That" T-shirts to IJM last season and remains a active supporter of the charity.

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Player expression is a good thing, and while the NFL still struggles to understand why it is important, this is a step in the right direction, even if the campaign directly benefits the league's image.

RELATED: UPDATING THE NFC EAST HEADING INTO WEEK 13

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

For most humans, a workout on the treadmill consists of the following steps:

1) Get on with plans of running at a high speed for a long time. 

2) Realize three minutes in that you have no interest in running either at a high speed or for a long time because running on a treadmill is really one of the more awful things you can subject yourself to on this planet.

3) Get off.

On Friday, though, Derrius Guice shared something on Twitter that shows his attitude toward the treadmill is very different from most humans.

LOOK. AT. THIS. DAMN. VIDEO:

Judging by the speed and tilt of the machine, the Redskins' second-year RB turned every setting on that thing to its maximum number. Even the obnoxious overachievers at your gym don't have the courage to go above level 8.

Honestly, he's going so hard that you almost feel bad for the treadmill. Someone get that treadmill into an ice bath ASAP. 

Earlier this week, Guice provided an update on his comeback from a torn ACL, saying he's still "strong as an ox" and "getting it back." If this is what it looks like when he's "getting it back," what's it going to be like when he's fully gotten it back?

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