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Eagles to host Ravens for joint training camp practices this summer

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Eagles to host Ravens for joint training camp practices this summer

PHOENIX — The Eagles won’t be the only birds at the NovaCare Complex this summer. 

Head coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday morning said the Eagles will host the Ravens for training camp practices in the third week of training camp. 

The Eagles last held joint practices with the Dolphins in 2017. After a year without them, the Eagles will practice against another team again this summer. 

While in Arizona for the annual league meetings, here’s what Pederson said about the joint practices: 

“Last year, it just didn’t work out. We were trying to get a couple teams last year and scheduled just didn’t work out. We reached out to a couple teams this year, Baltimore being one. They’re right down the road. It’s simple for them, it’s easy for us. We’ll get a chance to play them. We had a great experience two years ago with the Dolphins coming and we want to do it again.” 

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that the Ravens have requested to play the Eagles in Week 3 of the preseason. So they would practice for a few days together before the third preseason game. 

Joint practices can be a lot of fun and often bring an added level of intensity during a dragging training camp. The Eagles felt like they got really good work in with the Dolphins a couple years ago and even limited their starters in the third preseason game because of it. 

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Julian Edelman extends DeSean Jackson invite to Holocaust Museum for 'uncomfortable conversations'

Julian Edelman extends DeSean Jackson invite to Holocaust Museum for 'uncomfortable conversations'

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman shared a video to his social media reacting to the “ugly things” DeSean Jackson shared to his Instagram earlier in the week.

Edelman is in a unique position to respond to Jackson because he is of Jewish faith. He is pushing for hard conversations over cancel culture.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for [DeSean’s] game,” Edelman begins. “I know he said some ugly things, but I do see an opportunity to have a conversation. I’m proud of my Jewish heritage and for me it’s not just about religion. It’s about community and culture as well.”

Edelman points out he identified as Jewish later in life and was often the target of anti-Semitic hate on the football field.

“Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of racism. It’s rooted in ignorance and fear. There’s no room for anti-Semitism in this world. Even though we’re talking about anti-Semitism, I don’t want to distract from how important the Black Lives Matter movement is and how we need to stay behind it. I think the Black and Jewish communities have a lot of similarities. One unfortunate similarity is that they’re both attacked by the ignorant and the hateful.”

“What we need to do is, we need to listen, we need to learn, and we need to act. We need to have those uncomfortable conversations if we’re going to have real change. So to that end, 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. Afterwards, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations."

You can watch Edelman's full comments here.

Others connected to the Eagles organization also responded. Emmanuel Acho and Joe Banner added to the conversation.

Acho, who has been a standout media member speaking out for Black Lives Matter, said that "ignorance is no longer an excuse. It may be an explanation but it is no longer an excuse."

"I don't think DeSean Jackson meant  to offend anybody," Acho said. "I don't think he was knowledgeable about exactly what he was doing, but the problem is, he still did it and that is unacceptable."

Acho also pointed to being tired of the cancel culture in our country.

You can see Banner's comments from Thursday morning below.

Eagles' Malik Jackson calls out NFL owners for 'unacceptable and disrespectful' behavior

Eagles' Malik Jackson calls out NFL owners for 'unacceptable and disrespectful' behavior

Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson posted a passionate message to his personal Instagram on Wednesday night, calling out NFL owners for what he feels is 'unacceptable and disrespectful' behavior as the league inches towards the 2020 regular season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Jackson, who signed a three-year deal with the Eagles last March, joined a growing group of players who are voicing their discomfort with fast-approaching training camp and preseason dates.

Here's Jackson's full message:

It is unacceptable and utterly disrespectful for the owners to have set a camp start date of July 28, 2020 with no safety/ financial guarantee agreed upon for us as players, the backbone of this industry. Today is July 8 and we have no answers to simple questions we’ve been asking since this pandemic started. We (players) are sons,fathers & brothers wanting to protect our families during this unprecedented time. As Pro-Athletes we are willing and able juggle. Juggle the risk that our careers bring, the stress of the game on our minds and bodies and most important making sure we don’t neglect our families. Now, you want us to weigh putting food on the table the best way we know how which we could potentially catching the killer virus and bring it home or starve.

I can not pass Rush from 6 feet away, I cannot defeat a double team from 6 feet away nor can I tackle somebody from 6 feet away (to not do those things in practice, just in games is asinine). This sport is not in any way able to be played 6 feet away, let alone stop the transfer of sweat and blood.

Respectfully, every owner is over 40 and understandable will probably not be out there with us on the field nor in the building. I ask in this moment you see us as people not financial burdens or roster spots. Health is wealth for both parties.

Jackson joined other Eagles teammates who expressed their concern about safety measures (and financial compensation) during the pending NFL season.

On Wednesday, Eagles cornerback Darius Slay responded to a report that indicated the NFL wanted players to take pay cuts during the 2020 season, putting up to 35% of their salary in escrow:

The league has already reportedly cut its preseason slate in half, pushing the start date back to accomodate players after an unorthodox offseason. This week, Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III tweeted that the preseason wouldn't be played at all:

It will be interesting to see if the NFL can avoid the public fighting MLB endured and play a 16-game season, or if the league is closing in on its own prolonged negotiation period and a similarly shortened season.

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