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Brian Flores' statement on George Floyd death made Devin McCourty proud

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Brian Flores' statement on George Floyd death made Devin McCourty proud

Brian Flores' words are still resonating with one of his former players.

The Miami Dolphins head coach delivered a powerful statement Saturday following the recent murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

New England Patriots defensive backs and twin brothers Jason and Devin McCourty began their "Double Coverage" podcast Sunday night by discussing Flores' statement, with Devin -- who spent several years with Flores in New England -- lauding the former Patriots assistant for using his platform to deliver such a strong message.

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"He holds a position that falls right into that category (of representing the entire NFL)," McCourty said on the podcast. "A position that as players, as people who watch football know: We need more black coaches, we need more black GMs, we need more people in that position. So, to see him be outspoken -- and knowing him personally, he's always been like that -- to me was great to see.

"It's about leading men. It's about men seeing the important things. We don't just come to play football. We're around each other, we mentor each other, we try to pour into each other. So, to see him go out there and make it public and say how he felt I thought was really good."

Flores, who is one of just three black head coaches in the NFL, pointed out the hypocrisy of people being outraged by police officers killing black men and women but also taking offense to Colin Kaepernick's protests several years ago.

Devin strongly agreed with Flores in that sense.

"Look at Kaepernick. A couple years ago, people were going crazy. ‘This guy is this, he’s that,' " Devin said. "Then, the irony of a man losing his life because a knee is in his neck and now, all of a sudden, people are like, 'Oh man, let me take an extra second to listen to what Kaepernick said in an interview about why he took a knee and why he did a silent protest.'

" .. It’s like, if you ever stopped and listen to what he was doing and his true message, it would have never gotten to that point and you would have never talked about the military. You would have never talked about the flag. You would’ve understood he was talking about freedom."

Devin and Jason McCourty have showed support for Kaepernick over the years and are active members of the Players Coalition, which seeks to make progress toward ending social injustice and racial inequality.

Devin said he's had coaches reach out to him following Floyd's murder last Monday asking how they can "get involved with some of the work we've done in the past."

"Just to see people's eyes open -- it stinks that it had to be because of George Floyd's sacrifice, because he got murdered in cold blood, that people's eyes are really open now ... (but) to see some people's eyes open can lead us to create that change."

Check out the McCourtys' full discussion below:

 

Jason, Devin McCourty put pressure on NFL over uncertain 2020 season

Jason, Devin McCourty put pressure on NFL over uncertain 2020 season

Like many players, Devin and Jason McCourty have lots of questions. And the NFL hasn't given them sufficient answers.

The twin brothers and New England Patriots defensive backs wrote a guest column for Sports Illustrated's "The MMQB" in which they voiced their concerns about the 2020 NFL season amid the coronavirus pandemic and urged the league to address these concerns before training camps begin later this month.

"So many questions with virtually no answers, all three weeks removed from a potential start to training camp," the McCourtys wrote.

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While other professional sports leagues hashed out detailed return-to-play plans prior to restarting their seasons, the NFL has yet to share details of what the 2020 season may look like, all while keeping the same timeline, save for reportedly eliminating two preseason games.

The start of the regular season still is almost two months away, but with players returning to their cities to prepare for training camp, the McCourtys want answers from the league.

"Will we have an option to opt out of the season? Will we be making our full salary? What if there is a COVID outbreak within the league?" the McCourtys wrote. "It's so hard to make a decision of whether we will play or not without knowing what the exact plan is."

The twin brothers, who both have families with young children, also expressed hesitation about signing on to play a season with so many unknowns.

"Will we be able to have meetings in the building? Or will the meetings still be done virtually? Will testing be a few times a week or will it be every day?" they wrote. "As players, how do we decide what is best for us and our families when we don’t know what we’re walking into?"

The NFL and NFL Players Association has formed a joint committee of doctors and trainers to develop protocols that can help players safely prepare for the season. Based on the McCourtys' column, though, it sounds like the league and that joint committee still have plenty of work to do.

"We face a whole lot of unknowns, a whole lot of question marks, and overall are dealing with unsettling feelings about how to handle the two major topics that have hit our entire country hard this year," the McCourtys wrote, referencing COVID-19 and the racial justice movement reinvigorated by the death of George Floyd. 

"The year is only halfway done, so the verdict is still out on whether we can get some answers moving forward."

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NFL Rumors: How Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry's first Patriots workout came together

NFL Rumors: How Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry's first Patriots workout came together

A bit of good luck allowed Cam Newton to throw passes to Mohamed Sanu just days after joining the New England Patriots last month.

But the new Patriots quarterback apparently has been taking matters into his own hands since then.

Newton "initiated" contact with second-year wide receiver N'Keal Harry to set up last week's workouts in Los Angeles, ESPN's Mike Reiss reported Sunday.

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Newton and Harry spent "a couple of days together" working out, per Reiss, the first of which was a two-hour session that included fellow Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

It's a good sign for Harry and the Patriots that Newton is eager to work with the 22-year-old wide receiver, who has mostly been training in Houston and Arizona but gladly traveled out to Southern California to link up with his new QB.

Newton also gave Harry some love on Instagram over the weekend, commenting, "DØĒ•ßØ¥‼️😂 -1ØVĒ🤟🏾" on the wideout's post from a workout in Beverly Hills.

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Julian Edelman and Sanu are projected to be Newton's top two wide receivers in 2020 -- assuming the QB beats out second-year Jarrett Stidham for the starting job -- but Harry has plenty of upside.

While New England's 2019 first-round draft pick appeared in only seven games during an injury-riddled campaign, Reiss pointed out Harry could develop a similar rapport with Newton as Kelvin Benjamin did in Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Harry and the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin have similar frames, although Harry is working to get more agile and run sharper routes this offseason.

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