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Dwayne Haskins felt team meetings about social injustice brought them 'a lot closer'

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NFL teams have shown support of the NBA players' decision to boycott play due to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by postponing their own practices. 

The Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Football Team are among the NFL teams who decided to do so. 

These canceled practices weren't just off days, but days in which the organizations got together as a collective to brainstorm ways they can make a change within their community.  

On Friday, NBC Sports Washington's Washington Football Team Insider, JP Finlay caught up with quarterback Dwayne Haskins to see how those meetings went. 

"Yesterday we had a great team meeting," Haskins said. "A couple of guys spoke up about experiences with their life and what happened to them that they thought never would — wish never did."

"Just finding a way to get those people that don't understand to understand and be a voice of reason, a voice of change, trying to bring people to light of things that have been swept under the rug for so long."

Haskins assessment of the meetings fit hand-in-hand with that of head coach Ron Rivera, who spoke on the forum yesterday as well. 

"I thought the meeting went very well. I thought the players were very candid, very open about their feelings and expressed them," Rivera said. "We created an opportunity for them to have a forum and a discussion as to what's been going on in our world today. What it's like and how they're feeling. We wanted to listen to them and hear them and give them an opportunity to have a voice."

 

These meetings seem to be just the tip of the iceberg for these players as Haskins already spoke on their desire to establish tangible change. 

"I felt like yesterday, and even today, we got a lot closer as a team," Haskins said. "Trying to figure out ways to make a difference in the community is something we really want to do instead of just talking about it.