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NFL’s Roger Goodell FINALLY gets it right, apologizes to players (Colin Kaepernick?) who kneeled to protest police killing black people - NJ.com
Roger Goodell finally did the right thing. It took him long enough. The NFL commissioner recorded a video on Friday night where he looked into the camera and admitted that the NFL was “wrong” in not listening to players “earlier”. “We the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” he said. Perhaps he could’ve been more direct, but let’s say it out loud — the league was wrong for pushing back when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (though Goodell didn’t mention him by name) and many others decided to protest during the national anthem a few years ago to shine a lot on systemic racism and police brutality.
Drew Brees answers President Trump: This is not an issue about the flag - PFT
Drew Brees answered President Donald Trump in a Friday night post on social media. He also answered the question of whether his feelings about kneeling during the national anthem have changed. The president said the Saints quarterback was right to criticize kneeling during the national anthem and wrong to apologize for his statement. Brees twice apologized for likening kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting America. Brees now says he regrets his comments, which “turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.”
Another year, another slew of question marks at secondary for Pederson-era Eagles - BGN
In summary, the Eagles started to have problems at cornerback back in 2018. Their problem was two-fold: their starters weren’t very good, and their backups weren’t much better when they were healthy, which was infrequently at best. In 2018, they did little to improve the situation. They hoped that Mills’ confidence would lead to growth; that Darby would return to form; that Sidney Jones would put together a good camp and win a starting job. It didn’t work, so in 2019, they did it again. It didn’t work, so in 2020, they moved Jalen Mills to safety, replaced Darby with Slay, and cut their best secondary player in the process. They entered this offseason with gaps at CB1 and CB2 and left with gaps at CB2 and SAF1. They didn’t get better; they just shuffled the deck.
The Path to the Super Bowl - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton break down the top things that might not go right for the Eagles in 2020, but if they do, would provide a huge boost in the Eagles chances for another Super Bowl run! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Javon Hargrave - Iggles Blitz
Hargrave isn’t a guy you double-team. You focus on stopping Fletcher Cox and hope the C or G blocking Hargrave can get the job done. Hargrave will make teams pay if they don’t pay him enough attention. This addition gives the Eagles flexibility with Jackson. They can use him off the bench at DT or he could even see some snaps at DE. The Eagles defense forced one or fewer turnovers in 10 of 16 regular season games last year. Part of that was on the secondary play. Part on the LBs. But some of it was on the DL. Those guys weren’t disruptive enough. Hargrave should help to change that.
Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: Will Jalen Reagor have a big rookie season? - NBCSP
DraftKings right now has the over/under number on receiving yards for Reagor as a rookie at 650.5. To put that number into perspective, there have been just seven players in Eagles history to have 651 receiving yards in their rookie seasons. In the last 30 years, the only three are Jordan Matthews in 2014, Jeremy Maclin in 2009 and DeSean Jackson in 2008.
Can the Saints maintain their locker room amidst backlash? - Canal Street Chronicles
But the bottom line is that leaders within the locker room, including the phenomenal leadership of head coach Sean Payton, must take hold now and begin the work necessary to revitalize the foundation previously laid. Comments from Brees is one part of the equation, but so too are the challenging responses from players like Malcolm Jenkins and C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Even the smallest minutia can be effective at this time such as Marques Colston choosing to say that he “had” respect vs. “has”. It all applies and contributes to what could be the Saints biggest challenge of 2020.
NFL players spoke, and Roger Goodell responded. Now what? Here’s what we know - ESPN
Could these developments lead to the return of Kaepernick? It’s entirely possible that the circumstances that have brought about this week’s events — more players, coaches and general managers than ever speaking out, the commissioner issuing a statement in direct response to a request from his players, protests breaking out across the nation — could make an NFL team more likely to sign Kaepernick than it might have been before. There’s little doubt at this point that a huge part of the reason no team has signed the quarterback since 2016 is the stance he took that year and concern about how people might’ve reacted to such a signing. But if the league office is now openly condoning the kinds of protests Kaepernick initiated, and if franchise leaders are directly addressing the issues of police brutality and institutional racism that Kaepernick wanted to bring to light, it’s fair to think that those concerns might have abated.
NFL stars came together to call out the league on their lack of action - SB Nation
The NFL’s response as a league to protests and unrest over the death of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of police has been bland, and the bare minimum expected. However, the league’s players worked together to create one of the most powerful videos yet, not only addressing the core issues — but challenging the NFL to do better.
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