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Need to Know: Redskins' five-pack of picks most since 1983

Need to Know: Redskins' five-pack of picks most since 1983

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

**Merry Christmas to all!**

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Today's schedule: No availability

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 7; Wild card playoff round starts 13

Injuries of note:
RB Kelley (knee), CB Breeland (ankle), S Whitner (quad), WR Jackson (jaw)
Postgame injury report

Redskins vs. Bears by the numbers

—The Redskins intercepted five passes. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland had two each and Will Blackmon had one. The last time they intercepted more was on 10/31/1983 when the intercepted six against the Chargers. Mark Murphy picked off three passes in that game and Vernon Dean, Neal Olkewicz, and Anthony Washington had one each. 

—The Redskins will finish no worse than 8-7-1. That means that they have clinched a second straight winning season for the first time since 1996-1997.

—Kirk Cousins did not take a sack. That was the Redskins’ fourth sack-free game of the season, their most since 2006 (six)

—Cousins completed 18 of 29 passes for 270 and one touchdown. On his 14th completion he topped the team record for completions in a season with 384. Cousins set the record last year.

—Cousins also ran for two touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in the NFL with a multiple rushing TD game this season.

—The rushing touchdown was Cousins third of the seasons. He joined Aaron Rodgers as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have 4,000 yards passing and three rushing touchdowns in the same season. Rodgers did it twice (2008-2009).

—DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 114 yards. He now has three straight games with 100 or more receiving yards, tying the team record set by Santana Moss in Weeks 5-7 in 2005.

—Preston Smith blocked a field goal attempt in the first quarter. It was the first time the Redskins have blocked a field goal since DeAngelo Hall blocked one against Carolina in 2012.

—The Redskins have beaten the Bears seven straight games, their longest active streak against any team.

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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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