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Ed Reed on Drew Brees' comments on kneeling during anthem: 'You’re a straight sucker'

Ed Reed on Drew Brees' comments on kneeling during anthem: 'You’re a straight sucker'

Count Ed Reed among Drew Brees' many critics after Yahoo Finance shared a clip of an interview with the veteran passer in which he stated that he will never support a player kneeling for the national anthem.

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

Reed, like many others, was not pleased to hear a main figure in the NFL carry that mindset during such an important time of civil unrest in America. Responding to Brees' comments, the Hall of Famer let the quarterback know exactly how he felt.

“Imma just get straight to it. I see Drew Brees do his part in trying to keep black folk down," Reed said. “You’re a straight sucker for that [expletive] Drew Brees...Drew Brees you’re a straight sucker, man. You’re a sucker for that, bro.”

Reed said his frustration stemmed from Brees not understanding what kneeling for the national anthem is truly about, and the fact that it is a peaceful protest. The act that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began was meant to bring attention to the racial injustice and police brutality in the country, not intentionally disrespect the flag.

Being angry about the looting going on across the country is one thing to Reed, but speaking out against players protesting in a peaceful manner is something he could not wrap his head around.

“Why you think all these young people out here protesting? Why you think they out here protesting?" Reed said. "The looting? I could see you speaking on the looting and saying that’s bad, you don’t support that. But why do you think all these young people are out here protesting?"

Reed ended his remarks by addressing those who may defend Brees or still support him in the future due to his play on the field. To the former Raven, wins are not an excuse to justify an action.

“For all my Saints fans, for all my New Orleans people who still like your [expletive] just because they want to win games. Ya’ll right with him, you understand?" Reed said “Drew Brees, you’re a sucker, you’re going to be a sucker. You understand? Punk, man.”

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Ravens place center Matt Skura on active PUP list to begin training camp

Ravens place center Matt Skura on active PUP list to begin training camp

The Ravens will be without their presumable starting center for the beginning of training camp, at the least.

Baltimore has placed Matt Skura on the active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, the team announced on Sunday.

By being placed on the active PUP list, Skura can come off the list at any time prior to the beginning of the regular season. Once the season begins, any player still unable to play is moved to the reserve/PUP list, which requires players to sit out the first six weeks of the season.

Skura, who signed a one-year tender this offseason to remain in Baltimore, was on his way to his best season with the Ravens in 2019 before a gruesome knee injury in Week 12 ended his season. The offensive lineman tore three of the four knee ligaments -- his ACL, MCL and PCL -- in Baltimore's victory over Los Angeles last season.

Undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari took over for Skura last season and played well in his place. Even if Skura returns prior to Week 1, Mekari is still expected to compete for the starting job.

During exit interviews last season, Skura said he hoped to return to the field by the beginning of training camp. While that won't be the case, Skura still has nearly six weeks before Baltimore's season opener to get fully healthy.

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Ravens waive defensive tackle Daylon Mack, punter Dom Maggio

Ravens waive defensive tackle Daylon Mack, punter Dom Maggio

The Ravens made a bit of a surprise transaction on Saturday, when they waived defensive tackle Daylon Mack and punter Dom Maggio. 

Mack, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, played in just one game last season before being placed on Injured Reserve. Maggio was a rookie punter out of Wake Forest. 

Mack only played nine snaps in the entirety of his rookie season. He was expected to compete for the backup nose tackle spot with Justin Ellis to play behind Brandon Williams. 

The Ravens boosted their defensive line spot significantly in the offseason, as they drafted Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington, traded for Calais Campbell, signed Derek Wolfe and re-signed Jihad Ward and Justin Ellis.

Maggio is a local product, from Monkton, Maryland. He attended Boys’ Latin in Baltimore in high school. He was set to give the Ravens an extra camp body at punter behind Sam Koch, one of the top punters in the league. 

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