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DeSean Jackson’s impassioned plea based on own experiences - NBCSP
“(Since I was) growing up as a kid, I can’t tell you anytime that I’m in the car and a police officer stops me or pulls me over how afraid I am that if I move wrong or I make a wrong gesture I might be shot and killed,” Jackson said. “It’s just built up so long of seeing senseless killings so it’s like every time I’m pulled over I’m afraid it might happen to me. And for me, I have three boys that I raised, and I can’t tell you how much I’m afraid for them to grow up in this world that we’re living in now. I have to protect them. I have to teach them on love and doing the right thing, but if you tell me that the people who are supposed to protect and serve us, they’re not serving and protecting us. I’ve seen a disturbing video where a lady was actually pulled over and she wasn’t African-American and the lady was frightened for her life. She was so scared. and the police officer was like, ‘You don’t have to worry about us killing you, we only kill black people.’”

Ranking the Eagles’ 2020 offseason moves - BGN
2. Selected WR Jalen Reagor with the 21st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.. This is the off-season move that should have the most impact on the Birds’ offense this season. No one knows what we’re going to get with DeSean Jackson. Alshon Jeffery may not even be on the team in training camp and, if he is, he’s not going to start the season healthy. JJ Arcega-Whiteside was last year’s second round pick who had one of the worst rookie seasons by an Eagle in franchise history. And the Eagles passed up on trading for DeAndre Hopkins and didn’t sign a veteran wideout. They need Reagor to literally hit the ground running and provide the type of season for them that Terry McLaurin did for Washington last year.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Jalen Reagor - PhillyVoice
I’ve seen Reagor comped to players like Steve Smith, Curtis Samuel, Nelson Agholor, and others, but the player whose game I think his most resembles is the PanthersD.J. Moore. [...] Of course, many observers were surprised when Reagor only ran a 4.47 40 at the Combine, and believe he is faster than that timed speed would indicate. Reagor and Moore had similar, modest stats in their three years in college, at least as far as first-round receivers go. [...] Ultimately, both players got drafted in the first round because of their explosiveness. They can both get open deep, and they both have high-level run after catch ability.

Support Matters - Iggles Blitz
I’m sure Brees had no ill intentions with his comments. But that’s part of the problem. He’s incredibly tone deaf to be saying those things at a time like this. He is an important public figure and has a unique position where he works closely with a lot of black men. Brees should have chosen his words very carefully instead of flying right into the “don’t disrespect the flag” line. The fact he still thinks kneeling during the anthem is about the flag or the troops is mind boggling.

Wulf: Eagles join chorus of NFL team statements that skirt the real issue - The Athletic
I don’t know the process it took to publish Lurie’s statement, but I did work in the team’s communications department for six years and it’s safe to assume that each of those words was tightly scrutinized before the release. Unlike the vast majority of his fellow owners, Lurie has backed up his past words with action, so it’s hard to doubt his sincerity. He has earned that. But as lines are being drawn between evil and the right to exist, it should not be controversial to say “Black lives matter,” three words that are missing from the statement. Worse is the absence of “police.” Well-intentioned as it may have been to cloak everything under “systemic racism,” the discriminate killing of black people at the hands of police is the firestarter of these worldwide protests. Not referencing that directly makes the statement fizzle out. The opinion of the black players on the Eagles also matters much more than mine.

Rick Gosselin’s NFL offseason rankings - Talk Of Fame Network
13. Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz passed for 4,000 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions despite a lack of playmakers on the flank. His top two receivers were tight ends and his No. 3 receiver was a running back. And the Eagles still won the NFC East. The offseason goal was to put some speed on the flank and Philly accomplished that this offseason, trading for Marquise Goodwin and drafting Jalen Reagor in the first round. Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay bolsters a Top 10 defense.

2020 NFL News: Timmy Jernigan Will Not Be Joining The Texans After All - Battle Red Blog
It’s said that Jernigan never passed his physical, so the deal with the Texans was never finalized. It’s unfortunate for the team, as this deal hung in limbo for quite a while. Here’s wishing Timmy Jernigan all the best in his pursuit of a new team.

Why I march: I don’t want police violence supported by my tax dollars | Malcolm Jenkins - Inquirer
I am a black man. I live comfortably. I have a career most could only imagine. I’m a business owner. I’m famous. I have privilege. And yet, I am still afraid. I’m afraid because I am very aware that my wealth and life achievements will not introduce me when confronted with police authority. Instead, my skin will do that. Then I am, simply, black. And being black in the eyes of far too many police officers means my dignity and my life are not worth protecting. “Your lives don’t matter!” is what police actions tell and have told me and people like me for centuries.

Malcolm Jenkins on combating voter suppression in communities of color - The Undefeated
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, speaking with Complex News, urged government bodies at all levels to make voting accessible to all citizens ahead of the 2020 presidential election as a way to combat voter suppression efforts against African Americans and other communities of color, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re having to make sure that people can participate from wherever they are, whether it’s mail, whether it’s online, it’s in person. All of these options have to be opened up to make sure that everybody’s vote matters,” Jenkins, who is entering his 12th NFL season, said on the website’s digital show, Complex World.

What it means to be anti-racist - Vox
Not everyone acquires the overnight infamy of Amy Cooper. But her claim of non-racism was a familiar one. If asked, most people would probably say they are not racist. And they’re especially likely to say it after they’ve already done something racist. As Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, notes in his book How to Be an Antiracist, “When racist ideas resound, denials that those ideas are racist typically follow.” But as Kendi also notes, it’s not enough to simply be “not racist.” “The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist,’” he writes. “It is ‘antiracist.’”

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