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Former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds makes his return to Naval Academy as a Raven

Former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds makes his return to Naval Academy as a Raven

The Ravens hosted 10,321 fans Saturday night at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD. 

The biggest storyline from the night was former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds making his return to the Naval Academy, this time as a wide receiver.

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Reynolds seemed very comfortable in his old stomping grounds. He caught a 30-yard touchdown among several other big plays. 

"He had a big night, coach Harbaugh said. I saw his confidence shift to another gear here [and] I guess I can see why. He's pretty comfortable here."

Heading into Saturday night's practice, the Ravens asked Reynolds to speak to the team about the history of the Naval Academy.

"Just talking to them about the tradition and history of this place and the men and woman that have come through this institution, Reynolds said. It's an honor to be an alumnus."

Reynolds was noticeably the first one out on the field at the start of practice.

"Oh man, it felt like Saturday game day, Reynolds said. [I] had to calm down warming up, I didn't want to get too crazy, get gassed before practice even started."

"It was a great place to have one of my better practices as a Raven. It was only right."

Reynolds holds the NCAA Divison 1 record 88 career touchdowns and an FBS record of 4,559 rushing yards as a QB. The Naval Academy also retired his jersey number 19.

Other notes from Saturday night's practice:

-Justin Tucker hit a 54-yard field goal (per usual).

-Coach Harbaugh still doesn't have a time frame for Flacco's return. He does know he is getting better everyday.

-Ravens first-round pick Marlon Humphrey did not practice Saturday, his third straight missed practice. Humphrey was practicing on the sideline with a trainer.

-WR Breshad Perriman also missed another practice with a hamstring injury.

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Drew Brees draws criticism from sports world, including DMV athletes, over comments on kneeling during anthem

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Drew Brees draws criticism from sports world, including DMV athletes, over comments on kneeling during anthem

Comments from Drew Brees made in an interview with Yahoo Finance's Daniel Roberts about why he wouldn't support teammates kneeling during the national anthem when the NFL season started drew condemnation from throughout the sports world - including Wizards guard Troy Brown and Ravens' running back Mark Ingram.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in the interview. 

"Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution."

Brown responded:

The photo with Brees kneeling is from 2017 when the Saints as a team knelt before the anthem and then stood up as a team. The gesture came after 10 Saints players sat during the national anthem in response to a tweet from Donald Trump encouraging people to boycott the NFL over players kneeling during the anthem as a way to draw attention to racial inequality and police violence. The Saints were one of many teams at the time who responded to Trump's words with additional protests.

While Brees has expressed that he is uncomfortable with kneeling during the anthem previously, his words in the Yahoo interview came at a time when many in the NFL and outside of it are pointing to Colin Kaepernick's protests that began in 2016, which were meant to draw attention to the police brutality like that of a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, sparking massive protests and unrest around the country today.

LeBron James and Brees' teammate Malcolm Jenkins were among the many other athletes who made strong statements against his comments.

(Warning, there's a curse word in the end of Jenkins' comments):

Ingram, Brees' former teammate, didn't call out Brees by name but did repost an Instagram photo from Aaron Rodgers, explaining why kneeling was never about disrespecting the flag. "THANK YOU for speaking truth for the oppresssed and unheard. THANK YOU for understanding the WHY," he wrote.

Ingram also retweeted this from Marques Colston:

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Former Raven Ed Reed on creating change in America: Everybody needs to be involved

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Former Raven Ed Reed on creating change in America: Everybody needs to be involved

Former Ravens defensive back Ed Reed joined The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and shared his thoughts on the current climate of America. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, many are rightfully demanding change.

Reed is among them, and the Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on what it will take for a real change to happen. To him, it begins by getting everyone involved.

“We have to have better communication. We have to address the elephant in the room as people … Everybody needs to speak on it. Everybody from all walks of life, all backgrounds, ethnicities, creed," Reed said.

Putting it in the context of sports, Reed likened it to being on a team. Not everyone is the same but when all participate and work toward a common goal, success typically follows.

"When you play sports, when you’re on a team with people from different walks of life, and you have to look after each other and count on each other, race and all that stuff goes out the window when you are in the locker room," Reed said. "When this world and country functions as a team does, and in order to win a championship and in order to be successful, you have to be on the same page.”  

Reed said the time for change in America is now, and by doing so, current and future generations will be able to have positive experiences in life. The future of the country includes Reed's own children and the numerous other lives he touches through he charitable acts. 

“A lot on the mind as always … but I have a son, I have my nieces, my nephews. I have a bunch of kids that my foundation helps out," Reed said of the current climate in America. "So, you have to think about the future. You can’t look at what’s happening now (in our country) and (be) thinking that it’s over."

"This is not the end, it’s a new beginning. Just thinking about these kids and their future," he added.

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