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Redskins’ Norman, Giants’ Beckham both happy that hype has faded

Redskins’ Norman, Giants’ Beckham both happy that hype has faded

Josh Norman and Odell Beckham didn’t have much to say about their upcoming matchup when asked about it on Wednesday. During Beckham’s availability, New York media members asked 10 questions before bringing up the Redskins cornerback.

Norman was asked about Beckham off the top of his brief availability the same day but he did not have a whole lot to say.

There were no fireworks between Norman and Beckham when the Redskins and Giants met in Week 3.

“Hope it will be like that this time, too,” said Norman.

“The storm has finally settled down . . . Just regular guys in a regular game you get to see on Sunday,” he said. “That's it. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Beckham said that it was a relief that the matchup is not the focus of Sunday’s game.

“It’s always been about a bigger picture than two players on the football field, in my mind,” said Beckham. “It’s something that was kind of created.”

Of course, the perceived feud and subsequent media hype was “created” largely because last December Beckham lost control during his matchup with Norman, then with the Panthers, and ended up getting suspended for a game. But since that Week 3 game during which the only violent incident involving Beckham came when he hit a kicking net and the net hit back, things have settled down.

Norman’s takeaway from that game was that he was able to expand his resume a bit. He was known as a zone cornerback in Carolina but in this game he traveled with Beckham from side to side for much of the game.

“A lot of people think I can't do a lot of things and then I get put in a place to do them and and it's like, wow, didn't know you have that,” he said. “Well, you didn't ask. If you ask, you receive . . . It helps the team out. That's the biggest thing, it helps the team out.”

Beckham did not exactly get shut down in Week 3 as he had seven receptions for 121 yards. But he didn’t get a big play (long gain of 26), he didn’t get into the end zone, and the Redskins won the game.

With the Giants coming into the game locked into the No. 5 seed the main storyline has been how long the Giants’ starters will play. Well, it is to those on the outside. The principals aren’t concerned about it in the least.

“If they say you go out there, then you go out there,” said Beckham. “You never know. It’s not something that is so much talked about. I’m sure it’ll come up in conversation, but I expect to play.”

Norman will be ready for whatever comes along.

“I don't care, bring them on,” he said when asked if he would rather not face the New York starters. “Bring everybody who plays, who don't play. I don't know what Coach McAdoo will do but they don't affect what we do at the end of the day. We've got to go out there and we've got to strap up.”

Norman is well aware that Beckham is the kind of player who doesn’t necessarily have to play the whole game to have an impact. He could catch a slant in the first quarter and turn it into a long touchdown. That score could be the difference in the game.

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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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