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Dallas Goedert Punch Suspect Says He Was Protecting Friends, Shows Injury Photos - TMZ Sports
Hadala insists Goedert and his friends had been “harassing” them at a previous bar over the choice of music they were playing on the jukebox. “They were extremely aggressive and disrespectful,” Hadala says. The group moved to a new spot — the Zoo Bar — but Hadala says Goedert and his crew followed them with bad intentions. Very soon, according to Hadala, the situation escalated. “They picked out my smaller colleague from the group, got in his face, and made very threatening remarks toward his personal well-being,” Hadala tells us. “Then one of his crew told my other colleague, and I quote, ‘You’re just a fat f**king pussy. I’ll beat the s*** out of you.’” “At this point, I was in fear for both of my friends’ well-being especially due to the fact there were 10 of them and we were not familiar with the area,” Hadala says.

2020 NFL preseason to be cut in half, per report - BGN
Well, it seemed inevitable, but it’s now being reported that the 2020 NFL preseason will be cut in half, per ProFootball Talk. The Eagles were scheduled to play the Colts (8/13), Dolphins (8/20), Patriots (8/27), and Jets (9/3), with the regular season opener scheduled for September 13 against Washington. It looks like the Colts and Jets will now be off Philadelphia’s schedule.

The QB Factory #5: Cam Newton’s Fit With the Patriots - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield analyze the Cam Newton signing to New England! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: How does a shortened (or maybe canceled?) preseason affect the Eagles? - PhillyVoice
Question from Frank: Why did the NFL cancel the supplemental draft, and how does that decision affect the Eagles? The supplemental draft has always been for players whose college eligibility situations changed after the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft, whether that be academic, or some other sort of off-field incident. It was reserved for players in extraordinary circumstances. In the last 10 years, only 8 players have been selected in the supplemental draft (and none by the Eagles). In speaking with league sources, I was told that the NFL was never going to allow a flood of players to enter the supplemental draft in response to COVID-19 severely threatening the possibility of a college football season, as the NFL did not wish to fracture their relationship with the NCAA. As for the decision to just cancel it outright, as was announced on Wednesday, the guess here is that the NFL and NCAA did not want to create a situation in which college athletes were trying to purposely create eligibility issues so they could declare for the supplemental draft.

What The (Blank)? - The Players’ Tribune
Just like on the first day of elementary school, we ask athletes to answer a few questions about themselves so you can get to know them better. In this edition of What the (Blank)?, we put Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders to the test. [BLG Note: Legitimately shocked to see someone had something unflattering to say about Jason Peters.]

Most important Eagles for 2020: Brandon Graham is still high on the list - NBCSP
With Jason Peters gone, Graham is now the longest-tenured Eagle and he’s one of the longest-tenured pro athletes in the entire city. Graham has had such a strange career. Once thought to be a bust, he’s been one of the Eagles better players for a while now. In 2019, Graham led the Eagles with 8 1/2 sacks, the second-highest total of his career. He also led the Eagles in total hurries with 48, according to ProFootballFocus. That’s the thing with Graham. Sometimes the sack numbers don’t do him justice. Because for years, he’s been a disrupter. He doesn’t always get to the quarterback but he’s great at moving quarterbacks off their spot, which doesn’t always show up in the stat column. And he’s also stout against the run, eager to pull down a running back on his way to the passer.

DONOVAN MCNABB – PLANTING THE SEEDS OF CHANGE - Lapalme Magazine
Trailblazing philanthropist Donovan McNabb is a focused and poised gentleman with a heart so big you can feel his positive energy from wherever you are. Did you know Donovan was one of the first black men in the NFL to fight for equal pay among black quarterbacks? Bringing awareness to these touch-points indicates Donovan’s dedication to his generosity and heartfelt drive to help and protect others. We recently had the chance to speak with Donavan about his thoughts on a subject we all need to be focused on, black lives. Standing 100% behind #blacklivesmatter Donovan shares why now is the time to show support and speak up for those who need our advocacy. In discussing where McNabb is concentrating his energy right now, he mentions it starts at home.

Rivalry Week: Top 5 former rivals turned Giants - Big Blue View
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NYG 2014-2017. Rodgers-Cromartie was one of the “Dream Team” additions that the Philadelphia Eagles made in 2011. He only spent two years in Philadelphia before playing one season in Denver, and then being signed by the Giants to a five-year, $35 million contract, with $11.98 million guaranteed in 2014. Before his time in Philadelphia, Rodgers-Cromartie was in Arizona and played against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. He was a freak athlete, with incredible length, quickness, and lower body explosiveness. Rodgers-Cromartie handled slot and boundary duties for the Giants, and he was rather effective. In his four years with the team, he recorded 193 tackles, 9 for a loss, 47 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. In 2016, he made the Pro Bowl with the Giants after having 6 interceptions and 21 passes defensed while testing incredibly according to Pro Football Focus’ metrics. His time with the team didn’t end ceremoniously during the Ben McAdoo era, but he was a key piece on a defense that carried the Giants to the playoffs in 2016.

Penn State AD: Football in the spring “would be a last resort” - PFT
College football has plowed ahead of its professional brethren, with players returning to campuses — and many of them quickly catching COVID-19. So the decision-makers at that level are a bit ahead of the NFL, and have recently been forced to consider some drastic alternatives. Via Heather Dinich of ESPN.com, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said that playing in the spring “would be a last resort.”

Now is the time to rename Washington’s NFL team - The Undefeated
Under the withering heat of protest, symbols of tyranny and injustice appear to be crumbling. Yet the Washington football team’s racist nickname has been given a pass. If there is one symbol that needs to be eliminated, this is it. Even as the National Football League publicly embraces Black Lives Matter and corporate partners proudly announce a Juneteenth holiday for employees, team owner Daniel Snyder’s symbol of contempt remains. The reasons are many, but it comes down to the confluence of Snyder’s money, his personal and business relationships and a protest hierarchy, which currently has African Americans, not Native Americans, as the flavor of the moment.

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