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Alvin Kamara: “Until you are black in America, you won’t truly understand what it is to be black in America”

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Recent events have created an unprecedented level of awareness and sensitivity by white Americans to the issues confronting black Americans. On Thursday, Saints running back Alvin Kamara posted a long thread on Twitter that provides specific details about his own experiences.

“I’m a 24 year old black man from Atlanta,” Kamara said. “Mother from Africa and an illegal alien for almost [30-some] years until 15 months ago. I’ve seen racism and experienced social injustice personally. Maybe even on a deeper level because my mother had a foreign accent. My license has been valid for as long as i can remember, but for some reason I still peep the rear view a couple times when a cop get behind me… why? Because that’s what I was taught to do.

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Derek Carr swings into being a girl dad with gender reveal

Sporting a pink golf polo, Carr broke out his driver, pulled back and swung through the golf ball, leaving nothing but a cloud of pink dust.
The couple are the proud parents of three boys: Dallas, Deker, and Deakon, but you can tell the Las Vegas Raiders signal-caller is thrilled to be welcoming a girl. He proudly captioned the video with #GirlDad.
Carr’s joked on occasion that he doesn’t want to have as many kids as quarterback Philip Rivers, but at this rate who knows. The Carr family might be able to roster a full football team in the near future.

Eagles’ coaches to continue working at home despite NFL policy change

In a bit of a surprising move, the Eagles have decided to keep their coaching staff sequestered at home, despite an NFL policy that would allow them to return to work at the NovaCare Complex on Friday.

The NFL is allowing coaches — but not players — to work at team facilities starting Friday, as long as local and state guidelines allow it.

But Doug Pederson is apparently so happy with the way virtual sessions between the coaches and players have gone over the past several weeks that he doesn’t see a reason to bring his coaches into the building yet.

“The virtual collaboration over the past three months has proven that the contributions and value of our employees is not dependent upon their physical presence at the facility,” the team said in a statement.

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Former UNC Defensive Lineman Tommy Davis Dies in Tragic Accident

Former North Carolina defensive end Tommy Davis passed away on Thursday after injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 37.

A standout at Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, N.C., Davis played at UNC from 2002-2005 and started his final three seasons in Chapel Hill. After UNC, Davis went undrafted in the NFL draft but signed free agent contracts with the New Orleans Saints (2007), New York Giants (2007), and Washington Redskins (2007-08).

At Southern Wayne, Davis was a two-year starter at linebacker and tight end. He was named conference lineman of the year and helped lead the school to the conference championship. Davis was all-conference as a senior and honorable mention as a junior. Davis also played basketball, baseball, and track.

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Trayvon Mullen has Drew Brees, Saints on bulletin board after comments

The New Orleans Saints’ visit to Las Vegas on September 21 already was set to be a marquee game in the NFL with the Raiders set to debut Allegiant Stadium for the first time on “Monday Night Football.”

The matchup with Drew Brees got another layer Wednesday after the Saints quarterback said he still saw players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence as “disrespecting the flag.” Brees’ comments came while millions of citizens across the country protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody. Brees posted a photo on Instagram supporting the Black Lives Matter movement Tuesday and then promptly showed he still didn’t understand why former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem back in 2016.

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PFF stat has Matt Ryan ranked as NFL’s fifth-best QB entering 2020

Aug 22, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) scrambles against the Washington Redskins in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Focus likes to look at football beyond basic statistics, often finding unique ways to highlight good or bad performances. One PFF metric known as the Bayesian updating system shows Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to be the No. 5 rated QB entering the 2020 season.

This interesting take on player rankings “yields a career posterior mean and a posterior distribution (which describes the uncertainty) for each quarterback. This helps us to get better predictions compared to using just the data from last season.”

Take a look at where all 32 projected starters are ranked in the graphic below, as tweeted out by the PFF Falcons account.

The four quarterbacks rated ahead of Ryan are Patrick Mahomes (1), Russell Wilson (2), Drew Brees (3) and Aaron Rodgers (4).

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Queen City Q closes permanently after COVID-19, protests, RNC move from Charlotte

After first closing on March 15 due to COVID-19, the restaurant reopened two weeks later for to-go orders. Later, the dining room reopened with limited seating to provide social distancing.

Then he closed his business temporarily amid uptown’s protests over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

“You cannot take a restaurant that operates on the thinnest of margins anyway and then take 90 plus percent of its business away from them,” Meredith said. “I don’t care how deep your pockets are. At some point you have to evaluate where you’re going to be.”

“We were clearly going to have action at our place,” during the Republican National Convention, Meredith said. Queen City Q is located just 100 yards from the Spectrum Center, where President Donald Trump would have taken the stage at the RNC. It is just one of many businesses struggling in uptown Charlotte with this combination of challenges brought by COVID-19, the RNC move and protests.

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Joe Burrow already impressing teammates is best possible news Bengals could get

Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Louisiana State Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (QB02) watches the workouts on the field during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to expect much in the way of Cincinnati Bengals news right now, especially as coaches are only just getting ready to get back to work at Paul Brown Stadium.

But Joe Burrow has a way of making splashes.

Burrow, billed as a leadership stalwart, has already assumed command of the all-virtual meetings and his pre-snap assignments to the point he has Bengals coaches praising him.

And that same praise continues to roll in from teammates from all over the country too.

Here’s veteran wideout Auden Tate for example, as captured by Fox 19’s Jeremy Rauch:

It doesn’t get much better than this for the Bengals in the news department right about now. Unless Burrow finds a way to put in some actual on-field work with his new teammates before training camp, this is about as good as it gets.

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Michigan DE Kwity Paye on Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

Watch list season is here … and we have our first Michigan player up for an award.

Defensive end Kwity Paye is one of 42 student-athletes on the preseason watch list for the 17th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

And, the award committee points out, “the only major college football award where the character of the nominee is considered.”

Paye, listed at 6-foot-4 and 277 pounds, is a two-time all-Big Ten academic and athletic honoree. He was a second-team selection in 2019, racking up 50 tackles (12 1/2 for a loss), 6 1/2 sacks and three quarterback hurries.

The Providence, R.I., native has appeared in 34 games over three seasons for the Wolverines, and was a first-year starter last fall. Paye is expected to start along the defensive line and could find himself on several watch lists this summer.

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Yankees: Celebrating 30th Anniversary of Drafting Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada

30 years ago today, the New York Yankees drafted both Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada. Not bad.

The late rounds of the 1990 MLB Draft were good to the Yankees, to say the least, and June X is a massive day in this franchise’s modern history.

On this date 30 years ago, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada joined Bernie Williams (signed at the age of 17 in 1985) and Mariano Rivera (signed in February of ’90) in the New York Yankees’ system.

They were selected in the 22nd (Pettitte) and 24th (Posada) rounds. That’s how you do this whole “drafting” thing — nab potential Hall of Famers while everyone else is sleeping.

Though New York wouldn’t make the postseason again until 1995, both Pettitte and Posada were on the roster that broke that boundary, with the Texan lefty wrapping an impressive rookie season to cap that pennant drive. In ’95, Pettitte went 12-9 with a 4.17 ERA and started a marathon Game 2 win in the ALDS over the Seattle Mariners.

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