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Schedule analysis: Redskins will have opportunity early and late in 2017

Schedule analysis: Redskins will have opportunity early and late in 2017

Here are some notes and highlights from the Redskins’ 2017 schedule:

—The Redskins open at home for the third straight year. They are 0-2 in their last two home openers, losing to the Dolphins in 2015 and to the Steelers on a Monday night last year.

—They have three trips to the West Coast and the schedule makers spread them out through the schedule. They travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams in Week 2 in September, visit the Seahawks in Week 9 on November 5 and then they visit the Chargers, also now based in Los Angeles, in Week 14 on December 10.

—Their bye week comes early, in Week 5. The last two years the bye has fallen around midseason so they were due to get it early.

—For the second straight year, the Redskins will play on both Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas Eve. Both of those holiday games were on the road last year. This year they both are at home. For the first time, ever they will host a game on Thanksgiving Day. It will be against the Giants with an 8:30 start. On the day before Christmas they host the Broncos with a 1:00 start.

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—Last year there were some complaints by the Redskins because they played a Sunday night game at home prior to facing the short week and hitting the road to Dallas. This year they are on the road before their Thanksgiving game but it is a relatively short trip to New Orleans.

—In another first, the Redskins will play back-to-back Thursday night games. A week after that Thanksgiving encounter they travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on November 30.  

—The Redskins alternate home and road games for the first 11 weeks of the season. Then that November 30 game in Dallas is followed by the trip to play the Chargers. Right after those trips they get back-to-back home games against the Cardinals followed by that Christmas Eve game with the Broncos. They finish the season at the Giants on New Year’s Eve.

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—In addition to the two Thursday games the Redskins have three other prime time games. The first one comes in Week 3 when they host the Raiders. The following week the get a Monday night game at Kansas City. Then in Week 7 they go to Philadelphia for another Monday night game.

—The schedule starts and ends with relatively easy games (in as much as a team that has been around .500 the last two years can call anything “easy”). Their first two opponents, the Eagles and Rams, finished 2016 with losing records. And three of their last four opponents finished out of the playoffs last year.

—The meat of the schedule is in the middle with six of their 10 games coming against playoff teams. But they don't play more than two games in a row against 2016 postseson participants. 

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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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