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Rodney McLeod says Eagles social justice committee to meet Friday, at a turbulent time in pro sports - Inquirer
He said he expects the Blake shooting to be a topic at Friday’s meeting of the Eagles’ social justice committee, where the committee hopes “to really figure out what’s our stance, and how we want to stand together as a team moving forward this year, as it is a hot topic right now.” McLeod said the committee was formed a few years ago. Original members were himself, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, and Nelson Agholor. Current members are McLeod, Malik Jackson, Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, DeSean Jackson, Jake Elliott, and Avonte Maddox. McLeod said general manager Howie Roseman is present at the virtual meetings, along with team owner Jeffrey Lurie and former player Connor Barwin, now a special assistant to Roseman.
The day NBA players decided to strike for social justice - SB Nation
There will be no NBA basketball on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. With three playoff games on the schedule, NBA players have decided to strike. The move comes after Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, WI, was shot seven times in the back by police after trying to break up a fight. The Kenosha police officers, who do not wear body cameras, shot Blake in front of his three children. Blake is now reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. As a result, protesters in Kenosha are demanding justice and accountability. The NBA players said they wanted to use their platform to influence social justice before heading to the bubble, and now they are doing it. This is a day that will go down in history.
Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Two 2019 draft picks stand out for different reasons - BGN
Not so good of a day for the Eagles’ 2019 first-round pick. Andre Dillard got pancaked into the back of Wentz’s legs by Joe Ostman. We all know the bull rush was a weakness for Dillard as a rookie and there was thought he’d improve in that regard since he’s added more muscle. But the extra 15 pounds clearly didn’t help on that rep and it could’ve been very costly if Wentz got seriously hurt. I can’t say that Dillard has been a disaster in camp but he’s hardly erasing doubt about him that was often raised throughout the offseason. Dillard has a lot to prove. I’d say my concern level with him is a 7 out of 10.
Eagles Training Camp Recap - Day 9 - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton had boots on the ground for Day 9 of Eagles training camp practice and have takes on Wentz’s day, the backup QB battle, JJAW’s breakout, Dillard’s foul up, and much much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles practice notes, Day 9: Andre Dillard remains a concern at LT - PhillyVoice
In my view, while not the first time Dillard has given up substantial ground against a bull rush this summer, it was the most concerning play of the entire camp. Not to take anything away from Ostman, who has had a good camp and has put himself in a great position to make the team, but we’re not exactly talking about a star edge rusher here. What’s going to happen when Dillard has to face Chase Young or Nick Bosa for four quarters? The most concerning area of the roster isn’t linebacker, or the secondary, or wide receiver. It’s left tackle, and I don’t think (fill in the whatever the second-most concerning thing is) is even close.
What Doug Pederson said, and what it means - PE.com
The Eagles are pleased with the progress that Dillard has made, but he also has some rough moments in practice. That’s going to happen for a second-year left tackle. Dillard is going to have his ups and downs, that’s just the way it is. Mailata has missed practice the last couple of days, and he’s a player who needs every rep he can get. He certainly has improved and is in the running to be a backup swing tackle here. Matt Pryor’s versatility helps – he’s played both guard and tackle this summer – and draft picks Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho are trying to catch up on all that lost time. I’m sure it’s the same way around the league – the offensive lines are the last position group to get up to full performance after missing all of those spring reps.
Why Carson Wentz compares Eagles first-rounder Jalen Reagor to Julio Jones - ESPN
The natural ability is plain to see. Reagor’s burst and leaping ability have stood out in training camp. So far, it has been a fairly smooth transition from college to pro for the top pick out of TCU, even without the benefit of a traditional offseason because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reagor has made a number of standout plays, including a finger-tip grab deep down the sideline during one-on-ones against Darius Slay. “That was a terrific catch, by the way. I told him that was a good route, man. I told him he’s got some wheels,” Slay said. “I’m just out there trying to make him a better player and for me to be a better player, and we continue to keep working.” Judging by practice thus far, the Eagles plan to feature Reagor quite a bit right away. He has been splitting first-team reps at receiver with JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and he looks to be in line for the punt returning gig. Reagor had a pair of punt return touchdowns last season while finishing with 700 yards and five touchdowns from scrimmage for TCU.
NFL 2020: Not all home-field advantages will be created equally and that’s not likely to change - CBS Sports
Another rookie receiver I could see making a significant impact right away is Jalen Reagor. The Eagles do not have a ton of other options and sounds like they trust him in a multitude of spots in their offense.
Giants’ injury news: Xavier McKinney, David Mayo suffer significant injuries - Big Blue View
The New York Giants announced Tuesday they have suffered a pair of significant injuries, both to defensive players likely to be heavily counted upon. Second-round pick Xavier McKinney has suffered a fractured foot and linebacker David Mayo has a torn meniscus. McKinney, the 36th overall pick out of Alabama, has suffered a fracture to his left foot. He is scheduled to undergo surgery later this afternoon at Hospital for Special Surgery. Foot specialist Dr. Martin O’Malley will perform the procedure. Mike Garafolo is reporting that McKinney has a fracture of the fifth metatarsal. Garafolo is estimate a two- to three-month recovery period for McKinney.
Second Report Details Inappropriate Behavior By Leadership Towards Cheerleaders, Female Employees - Hogs Haven
For the second time in three months, The Washington Post has just published an over-6000 word report outlining the Washington Football Team’s mistreatment of women during Dan Snyder’s time as owner. There are some shocking new details and accusations outlined by reporters Will Hobson, Beth Reinhard, Liz Clarke and Dalton Bennett, which can be read in full here.
The “Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb connection” continues to build during Cowboys training camp - Blogging The Boys
Dak Prescott has looked Lamb’s way plenty of times as the Cowboys prepare for the upcoming season. From inviting Lamb (and several other offensive players) to his personal football field in his backyard to throwing multiple touchdowns to Lamb during practice, the two are building a connection that has the potential to lead to big things as early as this fall.
49ers are expected to sign WR River Cracraft - Niners Nation
On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers worked out four wide receivers. After impressing during Wednesday mornings workout, the Niners are expected to sign River Cracraft, per Ian Rapoport. The 25-year-old spent a brief time with the Broncos and the Eagles, who waived Cracraft in April. The Southern California native was cut and re-signed by Denver multiple times and was ultimately promoted to the active roster in November 2018, returning a punt for 5 yards in his debut against the Houston Texans. Cracraft caught his first pass, a 44-yard reception, in the Broncos’ regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Delayed gratification: Flyers win Game 2 in OT, 4-3 - Broad Street Hockey
But lo, this game started with something that felt like hope! The Flyers pounced early and dominated, and appeared to have a win locked up before the first intermission. Annoyingly the game kept going and that lead had time to erode, but despite a bad challenge late that led to a crucial delay of game penalty that gave the Islanders a regulation-closing power play (hate that rule), the Flyers survived and salvaged a win in overtime on a bouncing shot from Phil Myers of the Phil. Flyers, avoiding a loss that would have felt like a sucker punch to the heart (or maybe just the head of Logan Couture). These Flyers have been nothing if not resilient this year, and right now the dial is at about...1 o’clock. [BLG Note: 5 down, 11 more wins to go. Let’s go Flyers.]
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