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The nuclear option that keeps Redskins out of playoffs even with win over Giants

The nuclear option that keeps Redskins out of playoffs even with win over Giants

For the Redskins to make the playoffs, much hinges on the Cowboys beating the Lions on Monday Night Football, but a more obscure option emerged that could keep Washington out of the postseason.

What?! For informational purposes, assume the Redskins beat the Giants next week. Well, if Detroit loses to Dallas on Monday and then ties with the Packers next week, all three of the Lions, Green Bay and the 'Skins would have records of 9-6-1.

Green Bay would edge out the Lions for the NFC North title due to a head-to-head win in Week 3, and Detroit would edge out the Redskins for the 6th and final playoff spot thanks to the Lions head-to-head win in Week 7. 

So that begs the question, any chance the Lions and Packers would intentionally play for the tie? From any player or coach or league official, that answer will always be no. Off the record, it still would be pretty hard for NFL players to play for a tie. Not to mention, that would mean Detroit giving up on an NFC North title and a home playoff game, which isn't going to happen.

What could happen, however, is that both the Packers and Lions coaching staff play things a bit more conservatively, especially late in a close game with the clock ticking down. Why risk a loss when a tie gets you into the postseason? It's simple self-preservation.

Of course, all of this could be rendered useless if Detroit wins against Dallas. Check back tomorrow. 

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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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