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Was Eric Reid's late hit on Ben Watson retaliation for shot on Twitter?

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Was Eric Reid's late hit on Ben Watson retaliation for shot on Twitter?

New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson was the victim of a late hit by Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason matchup.

The play very well may have been an honest mistake, but coincidentally the two veterans also mixed it up off the field earlier this week.

Reid recently was critical of the Players Coalition as well as Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL. That didn't sit well with Watson, who responded with the tweet below:

Regardless of whether it was retaliation, there was no indication of ill will between the two players after the late hit. Reid approached Watson and they appeared to share a few friendly words before Reid helped the 38-year-old up.

Watson was checked for a concussion after the play. As for Reid, the only damage done will be to his bank account as he can expect a fine for his actions.

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NFL Rumors: Cam Newton's contract incentives with Patriots revealed

NFL Rumors: Cam Newton's contract incentives with Patriots revealed

We've heard a lot about why Cam Newton is motivated to play well in 2020.

Here's another obvious motivator: Money.

The 31-year-old quarterback officially signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Wednesday that reportedly includes a $1.05 million base salary with the opportunity to earn up to $7.5 million.

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Here are the contract incentives Newton must hit to earn that full $7.5 million in 2020, ESPN's Field Yates reported Thursday.

The bulk of Newton's incentives are tied to playing time: If he plays just 13 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2020, he'll earn a $250,000 bonus, but if he's on the field for 90 percent or more snaps and New England makes the playoffs, he'll net a $3.75 million bonus.

Newton also can collect $700,000 if he's on the active roster for all 16 games and snag $500,000 bonuses for making the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro teams, respectively.

This is a smart deal for the Patriots, as health is Newton's biggest concern entering 2020. The nine-year veteran played just two games for the Carolina Panthers last season due to a foot injury that required offseason surgery and dealt with a shoulder injury in 2018 that also needed surgery.

Newton likely was seeking more money in free agency, but this contract also allows the QB to bet on himself. If he wins the starting QB job over Jarrett Stidham, stays healthy the entire season and leads the Patriots to the playoffs, he'll come very close to earning the maximum $7.5 million regardless of what numbers he puts up.

So, if Newton proves his doubters wrong by bouncing back with a healthy 2020 campaign, he'll also earn a good chunk of extra change.

Julian Edelman has an offer for DeSean Jackson after WR's anti-Semitic posts

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Julian Edelman has an offer for DeSean Jackson after WR's anti-Semitic posts

DeSean Jackson's recent Instagram posts have sparked an uncomfortable but necessary dialogue about anti-Semitism, and Julian Edelman is joining the conversation.

Jackson posted stories to his Instagram account last week that featured an anti-Semitic quote falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler and praise for political activist Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of espousing anti-Semitic beliefs.

Edelman, who is Jewish, responded to the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Thursday via Instagram.

"I know (Jackson) said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation,” the New England Patriots wide receiver said in the video. "I am proud of my Jewish heritage, and for me, it’s not just about religion, it’s about community and culture as well.

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Edelman explained that he didn't identify as Jewish until later in his life, and it was only after he joined the Jewish community "that I learned how destructive hate is."

"Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hatred," Edelman said. "It’s rooted in ignorance and fear. There’s no room for anti-Semitism in this world."

The Patriots wide receiver said he was called an anti-Semitic slur on the field in 2011 and made a parallel between the experiences of the Jewish and Black communities, which have both faced hate and discrimination in America.

"I think the Black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities," Edelman said. "One unfortunate similarity is that they are both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful."

Edelman then extended an offer to Jackson, who since has apologized for his posts.

"DeSean, let’s do a deal. How about we go to D.C. and I take you to the Holocaust Museum and then you take me to the Museum of African American History and Culture," Edelman said. "Afterwards, we’ll grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations. This world needs a little more love, compassion and empathy."

Education is a powerful combatant to ignorance and hate, so here's hoping Edelman and Jackson link up to learn more about two minority groups with a long history of oppression.