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Odell Beckham on playing Redskins Week 17: It's hard not to look past this game

Odell Beckham on playing Redskins Week 17: It's hard not to look past this game

Odell Beckham finally said what many people have been thinking: Week 17 has no upside for the Giants, and many of New York's players might look past the game against the Redskins.

Beckham's comments don't even approach a slight against Washington.

New York has already locked in at the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs. Win or lose Sunday at FedEx Field, nothing can change, so it makes sense that some players might not be focused on the game.

"It’s hard to not look past this game, knowing what’s at stake and the position we’re in, can’t move up, can’t move down," Beckham said Wednesday via The New York Post.

"It is very difficult to not look past that and look forward to next week."

Those comments are honest, despite the fact that all week Giants coach Ben McAdoo has said he will play his starters in the game. McAdoo won't say exactly how much his top players will go, and many around the NFL expect New York to treat the game like a preseason contest.

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You can’t sit there and sugarcoat it and say that anyone in this locker room is not thinking about the playoffs mid-play running a slant. You can’t hide the fact that we’re in there. You don’t have to be oblivious to it. Just keep it moving. Obviously, we know our roles and where we’re at. We know what’s going on and all the implications that are behind this game. Just find a way to win.

The Giants players should be thinking about the playoff game, not the regular season finale, as the playoff game is what actually matters. Beckham did allow that there is some merit to trying to knock a division foe out of the playoffs, an opportunity New York has against the Skins, but playoff games matter much more. 

There's also the matter of facing off against Redskins corner Josh Norman. The Beckham/Norman matchup earlier this year had a mountain worth of hype surrounding it, and compartively, this week's pairing is quite pleasant. Both Norman and Beckham talked down the rivalry, even complimenting one another. 

"He is a great competitor, he is a great player. So it’s always a good matchup. I think it went OK last time," Beckham said of Norman. "It’s never really been an issue in my mind. I don’t have any ill feelings towards him at all. We just like to compete, that’s the bottom line."

Norman and Beckham compete at a very high level, that twice has generated volatile situations for the Giants star.

Between his comments, the potential for fireworks with Norman, and the reality of having nothing to play for in Washington, Beckham might have a very short afternoon against the Redskins. 

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Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "

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As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."

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Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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