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Eli Manning not feeling the heat

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Eli Manning not feeling the heat

One of the best ways to stop the defending champion Giants is to get to Pro Bowl quarterback Eli Manning.

Getting there, however, is significantly easier said than done.

Manning has been sacked only four times – and three of them came in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys. In the past three games, in fact, the Giants’ quarterback hasn’t been sacked once.  

Manning’s sack total ranks fewer than 31 other quarterbacks and is the lowest among signal callers with at least 100-pass attempts. For comparison’s sake, the Cardinals’ Kevin Kolb has been sacked 27 times.

Manning praised the Giants’ Chris Snee led-offensive line for providing excellent protection and the running backs for recognizing – and picking up – blitzes.

“When you don’t have many sacks, it’s a combination of a lot of things,” Manning said. “The offensive line, obviously, playing well and doing a great job with one-on-one blocks and picking up blitzes. …And when you’re running the ball well, that slows down the pass rush a little bit.”

Redskins’ defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, though, gave the majority of the credit to Manning.

“A lot of it is he’s smart in the pocket,” Haslett said. “He slides in the pocket. He stays alive. He knows when to get out of the pocket.”

Although the Redskins’ front-7 generated a stronger push against the Vikings thanks to some personnel changes, the pass rush has mostly been inconsistent since Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and end Adam Carriker were lost for the season in Week 2. The unit’s 12 sacks, in fact, are tied for 18th in the league.

It’s a big challenge, but it’s one the Redskins know they must meet.

“We have to be disciplined in our rush,” Haslett said. “And relentless to disrupt the passing game.”

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Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman didn't stand a chance defending Kyle O’Quinn on this dunk

Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.

Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile. 

While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football. 

Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.  

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Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

Memorial Day Reflection: Kirk Cousins appreciates the cost of freedom

On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.

"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.

Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.

"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."

The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs. 

"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."

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