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Today we fitted the second half of the roster for helmets and shoulder pads. We were thrilled to meet our new free agent signings and see the returning players again! pic.twitter.com/CTu2E3fuSe— Washington Football Team Equipment (@Washington_EQ) August 3, 2020
Washington hosted WR Dontrelle Inman on a free agent visit. NFL teams are permitted to bring players in for visits if they have an intention to sign them, so keep an eye on Inman sticking around to add depth.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 2, 2020
Interesting thread on Donald Payne, who WFT signed a few days ago. https://t.co/9DO2yQzUYg— Strick 9 (@SpiderStrick) August 2, 2020
Payne came out of Stetson in 2017 listed at 5'11" and 217 pounds while running a 4.55.— Mark Jarvis (@WhatsOnDraftNFL) August 2, 2020
- Listed at defensive back at Stetson
- Three time all-American
- 538 career tackles (near top in D1 history)
- Went undrafted
- Picked up by Jags off waivers after 2017 preseason
- Cut two weeks later— Mark Jarvis (@WhatsOnDraftNFL) August 2, 2020
- Was not with a team for almost two months
- Spent a month playing special teams
- Took over starting job in week 13 vs Bucs due to injuries
Let's pause the story here, as it's the tape I got to see for him.
He was limited in a lot of ways, sure, but his ability to do his job & fill a role stood out. He capitalized on the opening he got, even though it took 3 years to do so. It was clear the effort he put in to reach that point just based on his style of play.— Mark Jarvis (@WhatsOnDraftNFL) August 2, 2020
It's a win for the scouting staff to identify a contributor and keep tabs throughout his NFL journey. It's a win for the coaches in being able to develop him and play to his abilities. It's a win for Payne, to take advantage of the window.— Mark Jarvis (@WhatsOnDraftNFL) August 2, 2020
6-10 team, but that's one to celebrate.
Guess who’s bizackkk!!— Greg Stroman Jr. (@IAM_GSIII) August 3, 2020
Good breakfast spots in Ashburn VA ?— "Hit-Man" (@KhalekeHudson) August 2, 2020
Joined by (one of) Dwayne Haskins' offseason QB coach Bryson Spinner; growth he's seen; a story that sums up his offseason; what he heard from him early on. Also: @Tim_McManus on the Eagles offseason. Me on other stuff. @LoneOakCoffeeCo @dizzypigbbq https://t.co/qSoq39qNeq— John Keim (@john_keim) August 2, 2020
Interesting nugget from @john_keim on latest pod: Dwayne isn't facing same learning curve to learn new playbook as last year. Already familiar w/ some language & concepts. Gruden's West Coast playbook was 100% new. One thing to keep in mind as the season (hopefully) gets closer.— WASHINGTON FOOTBALL (@HogsHaven) August 2, 2020
In 2016, @youngchase907 told Martin Gibson "I want to be the best player you've ever trained"— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 2, 2020
The rest is history.
Think about this: When he started, there was a pandemic. Along the way, there were protests/riots and then the team that drafted him changed their name. "It breaks my heart to hear the worry in my mom's voice, and not just now. It's years."https://t.co/u6MEwyfHVt— John Keim (@john_keim) August 2, 2020
Agree. Sharp young man.— John Keim (@john_keim) August 2, 2020
NFC Notes: Eagles, Panthers, Washington https://t.co/AXjqdxvtFG— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) August 2, 2020
Doug Pederson now becomes the second NFL head coach known to have contracted coronavirus, but he is the first one to do it in season, where it takes on a different meaning. In March, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton revealed that he had tested positive. https://t.co/DPNlzerKYs— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2020
[Cont 2/2] NFLPA source on if NFL should consider canceling season after Pederson news: "No. This is to be expected. (The question is) where r we a few weeks from now? Will numbers stabilize or decrease? Even then, canceling an entire season would be premature at this point IMO." https://t.co/LKEHTfz65C— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 3, 2020
Doug Pederson is asymptomatic and will continue to lead the virtual meetings, per @TomPelissero. Asst. head coach Duce Staley will handle on-site dutieshttps://t.co/d4cdEwcWbQ pic.twitter.com/1x8QYuBtSc— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 3, 2020
NFL coach to me on positive CoVID tests: "The reality is returning to work is probably helping NFL guys to know they're positive, who might otherwise not have known. I still think it's ridiculous that it's not mandatory for all players to stay in quarantined hotels during camp."— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 3, 2020
It’s still being negotiated and finalized, but the players’ opt-out deadline at this point is looking like Wednesday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
I had not even thought of the possibility of using what is essentially a paid holdout as leverage in contract negotiations.— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) August 2, 2020
That's creatively, and deviously brilliant. https://t.co/Shs5UCKQFd
My understanding is word came yesterday of Bills CB E.J. Gaines' decision to opt-out. His absence thins open competition at RCB. It carries on still w/ Josh Norman, Levi Wallace, Cameron Lewis & Ike Brown. Bills will need to evaluate the quality of depth at CB before the season.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 2, 2020
A surprise release: Jets are cutting last season’s starting right guard Brian Winters, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
As a starting guard, Winters is not expected to be without a job very long.
Brian Winters is one of the toughest players I have covered. He has played through a torn abdominal muscle, a serious shoulder injury. He always had his teammates’ respect because of what he was willing to play through. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) August 2, 2020
And in ex-Giants news, old friend Ereck Flowers was placed on Miami's Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 2, 2020
Jaguars place five on COVID-19 list, including Gardner Minshew https://t.co/pDOZ8EObbJ— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 2, 2020
Former Eagles’ LB Nigel Bradham reached agreement on a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, per @Rosenhaussports.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2020
The Patriots have placed RB Sony Michel, WR Mohamed Sanu and special teams ace Brandon King on PUP, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 2, 2020
Patriots TE Matt LaCosse becomes eighth Patriot to opt out of 2020 season; LaCosse and his wife are expecting first child in November (via @MikeGiardi)https://t.co/epmA8KYjQg pic.twitter.com/YDD4y34J88— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) August 2, 2020
Can confirm @FieldYates report that TE Matt LaCosse has opted out of the 2020 season. He's the 8th Patriot to do so. The team is incredibly young at the position with holdover Ryan Izzo joining rookies Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 2, 2020
Your daily COVID-19 list update. (Dolphins G Ereck Flowers is on there.) pic.twitter.com/vkv20JkKXR— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 2, 2020
Ravens place Matt Skura on PUP https://t.co/58hKh0GsVr— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 2, 2020
Giants Place DL Leonard Williams On NFI List, Cut Eight https://t.co/i5CaEQhIJW— NFLTradeRumors.co (@nfltrade_rumors) August 2, 2020
Giants’ WR Da'Mari Scott informed the team he will opt out of the 2020 season. Scott is the second Giant to opt out, joining OT Nate Solder.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2020
Colts put T.Y. Hilton on non-football injury list, as they get roster down to 80 https://t.co/Df1Eh24YLu— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 2, 2020
Colts moving closer to 80 players. My understanding is Hilton has a mild hamstring strain sustained while training back home. This is mostly procedural. https://t.co/DWxpQHPZUL— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 2, 2020
We’re the only ones that are suffering like this. The only ones. https://t.co/FgmL9rwUk8— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 2, 2020
We can’t just assume young athletes will be fine if testing positive for COVID-19. Most will, but not all. The risk isn’t zero. https://t.co/ZAcz0WeXz4— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) August 1, 2020
Good news - I’m going home from the hospital.— Matt Perrault (@sportstalkmatt) August 2, 2020
Bad news -my diagnosis is Covid related lung and chest pain that nobody has any idea why.
Still think this is nothing? I got Covid June 21st. It’s August 2nd. Just spent 2 days getting poked + prodded for tests and the answer is ♂️
BREAKING: The Mets don't know where Yoenis Cespedes is.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) August 2, 2020
Team statement: "As of game time, Yoenis Céspedes has not reported to the ballpark today. He did not reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Our attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful."
Brodie VW says Yoenis Cespedes is safe, healthy & they have learned Cespedes will now opt out of rest of #MLB season due to COVID related issues.The #Mets had no idea Cespedes wanted to go in this direction. When he didn’t show up to ballpark, there WAS concern where he was.— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) August 2, 2020
Yesterday was a great day.. My lady & I said “Yup” to forever together in front of a great group of humans.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 3, 2020
My wife is the best & an absolute rocketship..I’m the luckiest man to ever grace this here planet, I appreciate you all more than you could fathom 4 following along.
Lost in translation: Thai Tv station PBS offiically filed charges against Facebook for lese majeste. After King Vajiralongkorn’s 68th birthday on Tuesday was called his death day. The wird Thai monarchy law forbid the charges to be mentioned.— ThaiMythbuster (@thaimythbuster) August 2, 2020