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‘I hope that we have your attention’: Former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins speaks at George Floyd protest - PennLive
“To the powers that be, I hope that we have your attention,” Jenkins said, according to a Fox 29 video. “On this very day two years ago, I stood in front of my locker, facing a crowd of reporters. And as I peacefully protested, I held a sign that said ‘You aren’t listening.’ And at that time, the country had been willfully ignoring the cries of black communities as it has done for decades and centuries. We’ve continued on our path towards normalcy with slow, small steps toward change. Well, I think the people have made themselves clear that right now is when we want that change. Our voices will no longer be ignored. So I say it again: I hope that we have your attention.”
Hundreds celebrate George Floyd’s life at a memorial service as protests continue worldwide - Vox
Thousands marched in Philadelphia at the same time Floyd’s memorial service was held in North Carolina. The protests were peaceful as they shouted their demands for racial justice and budget cuts to the police department, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “If you’re silent right now you’re part of the problem,” protester Kolby Kent Nelson told the publication.
Thousands of people in Philadelphia continue to protest racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Crowds in Center City stretched from the steps of the Art Museum and past the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. https://t.co/LlmPCHjz7Q pic.twitter.com/6YJT2DvCW7— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) June 6, 2020
Eagles Rookie Profile: 6 things to know about Michael Jacquet - BGN
Mike’s college career can be best recapped as a gumbo pot. He spent his first two years as a receiver, with nearly 500 yards and 3 TDs in his first two seasons at Louisiana. When [new head coach] Billy Napier came aboard [in 2018], he made the switch to DB and was electric. 95 tackles, 4 INTs, and 18 passes deflected in his two years on the defensive side of the ball. If Mike showed Cajun Nation anything, it was that he can do whatever’s asked of him.
Podcast: What unexpected developments could help the Eagles get back to the Super Bowl? - PhillyVoice
In the last episode of BGN Radio, Brandon Gowton and I discussed the positives that Eagles fans have to look forward to in 2020. As something of an extension of that episode, we reviewed some of the more unlikely-but-possible developments that can happen in 2020 that could make the Eagles Super Bowl contenders.
Howie Roseman’s 5 worst trades as Eagles GM - NBCSP
So you can see why the Eagles made this trade. They thought they were getting a potential starting defensive end who was already better and had more upside in their defense. But they ended up losing pretty big. Here’s what they did with their new teams: Tapp: 3 seasons in Philly, 3 starts, 6 sacks, Clemons: 4 seasons in Seattle, 59 starts, 38 sacks. In his first three years in Seattle, Clemons ended up having 11, 11 and 11.5 sacks and started every game for the Seahawks; during that span, he was sixth in the NFL in sacks. Tapp was a role player in Philly.
A big Cowboys “what if” that would have changed everything going on now at quarterback - Blogging The Boys
There are so many what ifs along the way to Prescott being the Cowboys quarterback. What if the Cowboys had succeeded in trading for Nick Foles before the 2016 draft? Would they have even drafted Prescott, or a quarterback in general? If they had gotten Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook they would have never drafted Prescott. What if Kellen Moore had never broken his leg? Would Prescott have been the guy that took over for Romo, or would he had been on the bench as Moore guided the team? What if the Cowboys had signed Nick Foles in free agency to replace Moore instead of Foles going to the Chiefs? The Cowboys would have turned to Foles as the starter and Prescott’s miraculous 13-3 rookie season would never have happened. The same what if applies to trading for Josh McCown.
Which Redskin is the “face of the franchise” in 2020? - Hogs Haven
Chase Young. It seems silly to think of a rookie as the face of a franchise — and a defensive player at that! But when you come out of college with the label of “best player in the draft”, every serious football fan in the country knows your name. When you’re the first non-quarterback drafted, you usually go to a team bereft of nationally-recognized stars. Face of the franchise isn’t always about being the best player or the clear leader — it is often about perception of NFL fans who may not know a lot about a particular team, which makes Chase Young a candidate for Redskins face-of-the-franchise in 2020.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says fans may be able to attend games this season - Big Blue View
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, New Jersey Governor Murphy said that there is hope that fans can attend games at Met Life stadium this season. Governor Murphy said, “I’ve spoken to Roger Goodell, we speak with the Giants and the Jets all the time. I think it’s too early to tell on fans. We’re taking at this point, baby steps and slowly but surely trying to get there beginning with the staffs, the coaches, the players and I think we have to see where it goes from here.”
Inside NFL players’ Black Lives Matter video, and how it forced Goodell’s hand - The Athletic
His phrasing was not an accident, and this video was not organically conceived, multiple league sources told The Athletic this week. Instead, it was a result of public pressure applied by more than a dozen black players, including some of the game’s biggest stars, organized by New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas after dissatisfaction with the league’s initial statement and prolonged silence.
Roger Goodell’s response signals major shift in NFL; now comes the hard part - The Undefeated
Despite the reckoning unfolding on race nationally, a large group of the NFL’s white supporters, who were vocal in their opposition to the anthem protests, likely won’t take kindly to the league’s new stance. Count on Goodell also having to smooth things over with companies in business with the league. Also keep a close eye on whether the league’s new “black is beautiful” mantra also extends to its hiring decisions. Throughout the 100-year history of the league, NFL owners have turned their backs on qualified candidates of color while filling management positions. That’s why the NFL will begin the season with only three black head coaches and one Latino head coach and two black general managers (the league has never had a black team president).
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