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Chris Long calls “clumsy” anthem policy “a dumb move”

Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since the NFL implemented its anthem policy. The Eagles players, among the NFL’s most vocal and socially aware, backed up their statements they posted on social media last week.

“I think it’s a still a bad idea and something that was unnecessary,” Jenkins said Tuesday, via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “But now there’s a media storm the league has kind of brought on itself.”

“It’s definitely discouraging because I definitely thought we were moving to a place where players obviously wanted a platform and we could create something that was maybe more effective and bigger,” Jenkins said. “I think there’s been a ton of effort and time put into creating that, but then there’s decision that kind of undermines that. I thought the league genuinely was building that, but then when you start trying to mandate things, it’s less likely to help.”

Carthel was in disbelief when he learned of the change in plans. There was a blizzard on the way to Missouri and, really, was Northwest Missouri State vs. North Alabama worth the trouble?

But Perez made the trip anyway, then sat through that blizzard as Northwest Missouri State beat down North Alabama, 29-3.

It was probably negative-five degrees with wind-chill at kickoff, Perez said. And we’re sitting in the stands, just watching. I tried to take a notebook and take notes, but that wasn’t gonna happen just because how cold it was and it was snowing.

Afterward, Perez walked on the field and went through the locker room, wanting to see what it was like, to prepare himself to play in the game the next year. He called Carthel, who was Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China at a Christmas party, to tell the coach that A&M Commerce wasn’t too far off.

I got to questioning myself, Carthel said. I’m like, ‘Geez, this guy’s our quarterback, he’s much more dedicated than I am, driving across the country just to experience the [DII] National Championship Game.’

Fans of teams projected to draft a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft will hope the 2018 QB draft class doesn’t some day join this ignominious list.

NFL Bob McNair on protests:’Ask your compadres’ to stop kneeling’ During a confidential NFL meeting between NFL owners and current and former players, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair tried to persuade players to tell their colleagues to stop kneeling during the national anthem, reports the New York Times.

As Patricia navigates his first draft in charge, he’ll be able to lean on Quinn, who has a two-year head start in Detroit. And while it’s too early to fully evaluate his past drafting performances, there’s been some promising early returns with his early-round picks — namely Taylor Decker, A’Shawn Robinson, Graham Glasgow, Jarrad Davis and Kenny Golladay.

You want dependable players in this program, Quinn said last week. Obviously, if you’re taking them in the first round, they should be good players, right? Or I shouldn’t be standing up here. I think dependability is something that’s really key with durability, ability to learn, competitive nature, does he love football, passion, all the things that we talk about on a daily basis when we talk about players and the guys we want to add to this organization.

This weekend, the Lions will have six (or maybe more if they make some trades) shots to add dependable players and shape the team to Patricia’s vision. It won’t guarantee anything, but a quality draft can help lay the foundation for future success.

Notables: Jim Druckenmiller (Round 1, 49ers), Jake Plummer (Round 2, Cardinals), Danny Wuerffel (Round 4, Saints), Koy Detmer (Round 7, Eagles), Jon Kitna (undrafted, Seahawks)

Kitna wasn’t even drafted but wound up with the best NFL career of the bunch, playing 14 seasons. Druckenmiller was to be the heir apparent to Hall of Famer Steve Young, but by 2001 he was playing for the XFL’s Memphis Maniax. Wuerffel — the 1996 Heisman winner who played for four NFL teams in six seasons — won the 2000 World Bowl with the Rhein Fire.

Notables: Richard Todd (Round 1, Jets), Mike Kruczek (Round 2, Steelers), Jeb Blount (Round 2, Raiders), Gary Danielson (undrafted, Lions)

The Jets drafted Todd at No. 6 overall in 1976 to be the successor to Joe Namath. Todd — who, like Namath, played at Alabama — didn’t live up to expectations, though he did lead the Jets to back-to-back playoff appearances Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK in 1981-82. Danielson Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China spent 11 seasons in the NFL, mostly as a backup. 

It feels like more than a mere coincidence that both Rice and Hardy have been back in the news lately.

A player involved in an active rape investigation: first-round pick. One caught on video punching a woman and breaking bones in her face: second-round pick. One previously charged twice in incidents with his children’s mother, once for throwing her to the ground and once for biting her: fourth-round pick.

One arrested and accused of dragging his girlfriend across the floor a month before the draft: third-round pick. One charged a week before the draft with hitting a woman outside a bar, knocking her tooth out and knocking her unconscious: sixth-round pick.

Those picks, respectively, are Gareon Conley, Joe Mixon, Dede Westbrook, Jourdan Lewis and Caleb Brantley.

It feels like more than a mere coincidence that both Rice and Hardy have been back in the news lately. Rice will be part of a presentation to players and staff this season about social responsibility, according to ESPN, speaking of the repercussions on his life from hitting his then-fiancee in 2014.

Lynch, though, didn’t sound like he was in a hurry to part ways with Bowman. In fact, Lynch offered high praise for how Bowman has handled the rehabilitation process that Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China should also have him medically cleared by training camp.

“He didn’t blink when we drafted Reuben and signed Malcolm,” Lynch said. “Like every other position, we’re going to let competition bring out the best in all of them. I think that will happen with NaVorro. We all know what he’s done in this league.

Just the fact Foster and Bowman should be ready to play — period — is good news amid the gloom-and-doom scenarios as Lynch and Shanahan begin their efforts to rebuild the 49ers.