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Brewer: The NFL would rather bury anthem protests than address the issues behind them

Jun
06

The Redskins would be ecstatic for that to be the case. Having Kelley return to his battering-ram ways to go with Guice’s natural talent, Thompson’s versatility and Perine’s growth would give the Redskins a good problem to have for a team that has struggled in the run game. Kelley has even shown improved pass-catching skills during OTAs.

They plugged a leak with chewing gum and expected long-term stability. There. All fixed. Back to talking about football. The ploy included a policy statement that used the phrase show respect for the flag and the anthem four times, a nod to Trump’s deceitful oversimplification of the demonstrations to paint the players as anti-military.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thought it would be foolproof chicanery: Appease the players by allowing them to stay in the locker room during the anthem, but ban demonstrations on the field. The decision was criticized as gutless, shortsighted and nonsensical, but at least Trump could claim victory and leave the league alone.

Partying is not high on the list for Darnold, who’s the youngest player on the Jets’ roster — and the fresh-faced future of the franchise.

The No. 3 overall draft pick out of USC has taken a businesslike approach to his introduction to life in the NFL. Eat, sleep and dream football.

Those are Darnold’s days. Every day.

I’m making a ton of strides, but at the same time, I’m not exactly where I want to be, Darnold said. But I know it’s going to take time and it’s a process. I’m aware of that and it’s exciting, though, to understand the playbook the way I am and the strides I’m making. I’m really excited about where I’m going right now.

The bachelor pad penthouse on the Upper East Side — white llama-skin rug, an Italian marble bar, an elaborate stereo hookup, an oval bed, mirrored ceiling. From a 1969 Playboy magazine interview: I spent the nights before the Jets’ two biggest games last year — for the AFL Championship and the Super Bowl — with girls. … The night before a game, I prepare myself both mentally and physically for the next day. I think a ballplayer has to be relaxed to play well; and if that involves being with a girl that night, he should do it. If some ballplayers don’t feel that way, they shouldn’t do it. But I feel that way.

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