If the NFL turns to replacement referees this fall, its possible Brian Orakpo will be affected more than most players on the Redskins roster.The league locked out 121 officials in June 3 when negotiations on a new labor contract broke down. The league has since begun the process of hiring replacement officials to work preseason games and, if necessary, regular season contests.Obviously its a messed up situation that they cant get something done, Orakpo said this week at his second annual youth football camp in Fairfax. Hopefully, theyll get something done before the start of the season.But if not, the two time Pro Bowl selection continued, we got to play ball.Orakpo is one of the leagues most feared pass rushers, having racked up 28.5 sacks in his first three seasons. He also draws more holding flags than most.Replacement referees, according to an article in Wednesdays Los Angeles Times, are more prone to missing infractions, such as holding, meaning its possible Orakpo could be subjected to more bear hugs, take downs and clotheslines than before.From The Times:According to referee Ed Hochuli, when replacement officials worked games in 2001, they threw between one and five penalty flags per game. He said there were between 12 and 14 penalties called in a typical game last season.With training camp set to open Thursday, and the Redskins first preseason game a mere three weeks away, Orakpos concern over the impasse is growing. But he also said he wont allow the prospect of replacement referees alter the way he plays.It doesnt change the way I will approach the game at all, he said. Im going to treat them like theyre a regular ref. Fans didnt come to see referees, so we just got to go out there and play ball.The impasse between the league and referees is over pay and benefits.
Redskins players and coaches hinted all week that Josh Norman would cover Odell Beckham on Sunday and now it's looks like the news is official.
#Redskins CB Josh Norman will cover Odell Beckham today. Skins source broke down their feelings on it: Their No. 3 WR called him out …(1/2)— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2016
Norman/Beckham (2/2) from Skins source: The coach’s granted Victor Cruz’s wish. We hope they are ready for what they asked for.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 25, 2016
No surprise here as Jay Gruden suggested Norman would cover Beckham on "every snap" last Monday speaking with CSN's Rob Carlin.
Obviously the Norman/Beckham matchup comes with much anticipation as their pairing came with fireworks in the 2015 season. The two players exchanged words, shoves and Beckham even attempted a flying forearm shiver at one point.
What this move means for the rest of the redskins defense will be interesting. Though Beckham is the headline, the Giants also present top line receivers in Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard.
Things are always heated whenever the Giants and Redskins meet on the field. Everything, that is, except for the weather.
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m.
The season changed officially to fall over the past week and it will feel like it in New Jersey where the Redskins will hope to earn their first win of the season. According to weather.com, temperatures will reach only the upper sixties for the game, maybe hitting the 70-degree mark at game's end.
While the temperature may be a little down, the good news is that the teams will have a beautiful day to play. There is nothing but sun in the forecast.
Whatever happens Sunday, weather will not be a factor.