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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.


More from Beckham:

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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If Lauvao is out against the Packers, Redskins will shuffle their offensive line

If Lauvao is out against the Packers, Redskins will shuffle their offensive line

It appears that the Redskins’ streak of starting the same combination of players on the offensive line this season will end at two. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao did not participate in practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury. Jay Gruden didn’t sound optimistic about Lauvao’s chances of playing when the Redskins take on the Packers on Sunday

“He could, yeah, he could,” he said when asked if Lauvao will miss the game. Gruden did say that he thinks that the injury is “short-term” and not an injury that will require Lauvao to go to injured reserve for the third time in the last four years. 

If Lauvao does have to miss Sunday’s game, they will do some shuffling along the line. Starting center Chase Roullier will move over to left guard and Tony Bergstrom will move in at center. 

"We feel like Bergstrom is a better center and we don’t lose anything with Chase at guard,” said Gruden. “So, we feel like the center position we are about the same and little bit of a drop-off losing Brandon Scherff which is considerable, you put Chase in there and he’s a pretty good guard."

The reference to losing Scherff is to last Sunday when the right guard missed four snaps after injuring his knee. Roullier moved over one slot to the right and Bergstrom played center then. 

Bergstrom started three games at center last year when Roullier was out with a broken hand. He played OK considering that he had just joined the team a few weeks earlier after spending the early part of the season with the Ravens. The Redskins hope that Bergstrom will be better after having spent the entire year in Washington. 

Lauvao isn’t the only injury concern on the offensive line. Scherff and left tackle Trent Williams both were limited in practice on Wednesday. It would be surprising if either missed Sunday’s game but the situations bear watching. 


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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. Packers

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. Packers

Here is what you need to know on Thursday, September 20, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers.

Talking points

At 1-1 with Aaron Rodgers coming to town, the Redskins are under pressure to win. The spotlight will shine brighter on these players on Sunday afternoon. 

—Against the Colts, QB Alex Smith didn’t lose the game but he didn’t do much to lift the team, either. In particular, the 0-2 in the red zone was damaging with both failures coming at key points in the game. That’s not all on Smith, but when the running game is struggling like it was on Sunday he has to elevate the team. He didn’t. He will have to play better—much better—if the Redskins are going to outscore the Packers. 

—The talk of Hogs 2.0 has just got to stop until the Redskins’ offensive line strings together a bunch of good games in a row. They were both beaten physically and out schemed against the Colts. That’s why the running backs had two rushing yards at halftime and only 22 for the game. All this took place while the Colts sat back in a soft Cover 2 zone, a defense that you should be able to run against.

—While many fans are complaining about the output of Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, who is usually the volume receiver in the offense, has the same number of catches as Doctson (5) for fewer yards (48-40). Crowder didn’t play at all in the preseason and missed considerable camp practice time with an undisclosed injury. Perhaps he just needs some time to get going. With the Packers coming to town, the Redskins will have to put up a lot of points to win and now would be a great time for Crowder to have a big game. 

—It’s hard to rattle Aaron Rodgers but like any quarterback, he doesn’t like immediate pressure in his face. It’s time for first-round picks Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne to step up. Or, rather, they need to step forward and disrupt Rodgers if he tries to get rid of the ball quickly. We need to see either Payne registering his first career sack or Allen get his the second of his career and his first in a year (first was Week 3). Or, preferably, both. 

—The entire defensive backfield will be under pressure against Rodgers, tight end Jimmy Graham and receivers Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. To pick one, I’ll go with Montae Nicholson. He hasn’t played poorly in the first two games. Some have blamed him for Andrew Luck’s two TD passes, but one was just a perfect throw and one was a pick that worked to perfection. Regardless, he is supposed to be an impact play guy and he doesn’t have any big hits or takeaways through two games and a game-changing play from him would help. 

Injuries of note

Did not practice: S Troy Apke (hamstring), LB Zach Brown (oblique), G Shawn Lauvao (calf), WR Paul Richardson (shoulder)
Limited: Brandon Scherff (knee), Trent Williams (knee)

The agenda

Today: Practice 1 p.m.; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3 p.m.

Upcoming: Packers @ Redskins (Sept. 23) 3; Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 18; Cowboys @ Redskins 31