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Here’s what we know about the ‘bombshell’ sexual harassment story about Washington’s NFL team - SB Nation
The long-rumored “bombshell” report detailing issues inside the soon-to-be renamed Washington football team was published by the Washington Post on Thursday. In it, 15 former employees of the team accused former front office members of sexual harassment and misconduct. In addition, two reporters also claim they were harassed by the same employees. Indications the report was coming began Sunday night, with numerous members of the media indicating they heard reports of what was coming and it “wasn’t going to be pretty.” Earlier this week the team fired Director of Pro Personnel Alex Santos and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Richard Mann II, both of whom are central figures in the Post’s report. The women who came forward say Santos routinely made comments about their appearance and asked whether they were interested in him romantically on a regular basis. An internal investigation was launched in 2019 when Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, told the team that Santos pinched her before remarking that she had “an ass like a wagon.”

Washington Post Story Details History Of Sexual Harassment In Redskins Franchise - Hogs Haven
Overall, this story paints a picture of a hostile work environment in which female employees were regularly subjected to humiliating working conditions and fear that they would lose their jobs if they complained. While the first round of firings for those involved occurred prior to the Post’s publication, there will undoubtedly be more fallout stemming from this story in the coming days and weeks to come.

Eagles really relying on youth at linebacker - BGN
Duke Riley is in good position to make the Eagles’ roster in 2020 after originally joining the team via trade last September. The former Atlanta Falcons third-round pick finished the 2019 season as the Eagles’ special teams captain. He could very well reprise that role this year. There’s also some internal thought he could be a better fit for Philly’s defensive scheme than the Seattle-based system that he played in under Dan Quinn. The Eagles value Riley’s athleticism. He might be utilized in the old Kamu Grugier-Hill role (playing about a third of the defensive snaps) if he doesn’t carve out an ever larger one.

10 NFL players who need strong training camps to earn expanded roles in 2020 - PFF
T.J. Edwards has a real shot to earn a starting spot for the Philadelphia Eagles in what is one of the more unlikely stories in recent years. Edwards, an undrafted free agent in 2019, has graded well at every level of football that PFF has seen but is battling against poor measurables in terms of size, speed and athleticism. He doesn’t rank above the 59th percentile among linebackers in any measurable PFF tracks. He ranked lower than the 25th percentile in seven categories and is a second-percentile athlete in the 10-yard split. Edwards fits firmly in the athletic category of “should not be good” at the NFL level, and yet, he has posted impressive PFF grades throughout college, in the NFL preseason and across the 122 snaps he had as a rookie. He’s even graded well (83.5) on special teams, where he played 353 snaps in Year 1. Edwards has legitimately earned a chance to start, but another strong training camp and preseason would assuage any doubts the Eagles may have in his ability to take that next step.

Rookie Film Room: Davion Taylor - PE.com
Join Fran Duffy in the film room as analyzes Davion Taylor’s performance against Stanford’s pro-style offense.

Catching Up w/DeSean, JP, Dillard & Dak - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton discuss The DeSaga, JP’s return, Dillard’s outlook, and how Dallas screwed the pooch with Dak! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Tucker: Don’t bet against Jason Peters pulling off this inside job - The Athletic
That’s why this move will not be an easy one for Peters. It is certainly worth the risk for the Eagles. Right now, they have question marks at left tackle and right guard and one way or the other you have to think Peters solves one of those. Even if he doesn’t become a solid starting guard right away, he at least gives the team depth in an area where an organization never wants to feel shorthanded. Plus, the Eagles know, like I saw firsthand, that if anybody can make a smooth transition to a new position, it’s Peters. After all, he’s done it before.

A peek at the NFC East: Dak Prescott will play on the tag - PhillyVoice
Looking ahead, they’re now facing another significant raise for Prescott next offseason, but because of the coronavirus pandemic affecting league revenues, that will likely be without the benefit of a rise in the NFL’s salary cap. Of course, they could always let Prescott walk in free agency and go with some cheaper veteran or try their luck in the NFL Draft, but that would almost certainly damage any realistic short-term chances of competing for a Super Bowl. Jerry Jones and the gang had the benefit of having a legitimate starting quarterback on their cap at an extremely low number for four years, and all they have to show for it was one playoff win. That major advantage is officially over.

Cowboys blew it with Dak Prescott in 2019. That’s why there’s no long-term deal now – and why he may exit later. - Yahoo! Sports
Now Dallas is in a predicament that will get only worse, particularly with the 2021 salary cap likely to be flat because of revenue losses due to COVID-19 this year. Which means the Cowboys will have to juggle the structure of some deals next year to make Prescott’s $37.7 million guaranteed salary fit if he’s tagged again. Which he likely will be, unless he suffers a major setback or injury in 2020 that causes his extension value to be recalibrated. As for that $54.2 million price tag in 2022, it’s an unthinkable figure for Dallas. One that could spring him into free agency after the 2021 season. Or it could force Dallas to break the bank and stomach the bitter reality that making Prescott the highest-paid player in football following the 2021 season — if he continues on his trajectory —can’t be avoided. Certainly there will be no room for discounts at that point. And in reality, there wasn’t much room for a discount Wednesday. That time came and went one year ago. Dallas should have known where this was going then. That it didn’t led us to this point and a set of options that will get only worse if Prescott plays well — including a divorce driven by a quarterback market the Cowboys have never played correctly.

It’s hard to guess the Cowboys strategy towards Dak Prescott, if they even have one - Blogging The Boys
Maybe Dak Prescott’s agents really were asking for an impossible deal. Maybe that will come out in the future and we can all see that the Cowboys front office was right to not cave in. But they caved when DeMarcus Lawrence wanted a deal. At least he played a money position. They caved when Ezekiel Elliott wanted a deal. The debate about paying running backs continues since it’s not considered a money position. But the most money position of all? The quarterback? The Cowboys didn’t cave. And it makes no sense. [BLG Note: Not so nonsensical to me.]

NFC East ranked worst division in NFL - Big Blue View
As the article points out, the four teams in the NFC East combined for an out-of-division record of 12-28. For comparison’s sake, the teams in the No. 1 ranked AFC West compiled a 26-13-1 out-of-division record. Breech also notes the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic particularly impact the teams in the NFC East, considering three of the four teams feature new coaches and systems that need to be implemented. Based on last year’s performance, the ranking has merit and isn’t too surprising. The late-season drama between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys was less of a sprint to a division title and more of a brisk walk. No team in the division outside of Philadelphia won four games in a row.

The Bill Belichick I DO know? The greatest cheater of all time - NBCSP
Well, let me tell you something about the Bill Belichick I do know. Dude’s a cheater.A relentless, incorrigible, clinical cheater. And when he finally does hang up his clipboard that he probably stole from the Bills, nobody is going to be talking about the “playful Bill Belichick.” They’re going to be talking about the six Super Bowls he won and wondering how many he stole. Let’s review Belichick’s cheating history: EaglesGate in 2005: In a 2015 Outside the Lines report, ESPN reported that the Eagles were convinced the Patriots either stole their playbook or secretly videotaped their practices prior to winning Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville.

NFL will place players who test positive for COVID-19 on IR for three weeks - PFT
Yes, the NFL and NFL Players Association already have reached an agreement regarding the procedures for dealing with players who test positive for COVID-19. Per a league source, the league intends to change the injured reserve rules to create a COVID-19 classification. Players who test positive will be placed on the COVID-19 list for three weeks, creating a roster spot that would then be filled with a player who is negative for the virus.

Report: Chiefs, Texans telling rookies, quarterbacks camp is a go for Covid-19 testing Monday - DraftKings Nation
The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans have had Monday, July 20th circled as the date for rookies and quarterbacks to report to training camp. Although negotiations continue between the owners and players over working conditions, both teams are still telling players to report, according to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport. The NFL’s owners and players appear to be far apart on salaries, preseason schedule, Covid-19 testing, and a host of other topics. However, according to NFL Network, each team has a right under the CBA to tell players to report. The teams still have to be in compliance with health and safety protocols outlined in March, and if they are not, the union can file an expedited grievance, according to Pelissero.

Vox Media to lay off about 72 employees as advertising revenue slumps amid coronavirus quarantines - CNBC
Vox Media is laying off 6% of its staff, or about 72 employees, as advertising revenue declined amid coronavirus quarantines. The majority of those laid off were furloughed by the company earlier this year, Chief Executive Jim Bankoff said in an e-mail to employees obtained by CNBC. Vox is eliminating roles that have “experienced substantial changes in workload or business priority; in some cases they are in areas undergoing a strategic shift accelerated by the crisis and its hastened changes to our industry.”

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