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Tom Brady quotes FDR while defending workout despite NFLPA's concerns

Tom Brady quotes FDR while defending workout despite NFLPA's concerns

Despite a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida, workouts led by new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady have continued through objections from the NFL Players Association. 

The 6-time Super Bowl champion remains undeterred by critics questioning his offseason decisions, as he gets to know his new teammates through these workouts instead.

Brady posted a recent Instagram story with the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

However, his decision to spend this unique offseason on the practice fields of a local prep school in Tampa has recently come under fire. NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer recently released a statement recommending that NFL players stop practicing together after news broke of positive COVID-19 tests throughout several organizations (including the Buccaneers).

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"We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences,” Mayer wrote. 

The league’s medical staff appears to be in lockstep with that of the players association.

"The NFLPA and the NFL are in the same exact place," according to Dr. Alan Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, "which is we want whatever makes the safest possible environment for all of our constituents, whether they be players, coaches, trainers, medical staff or anyone in that team environment.” Team facilities remain closed to players until further notice.

Brady’s decision to continue these workouts has drawn criticism from various angles, including the media. ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio weighed in recently on PFT Live.

"I think that you are basically giving your union the middle finger,” Florio said. “You are undermining your union. You are working against the group that is in place to advance your interests. You are hurting their credibility by flaunting it. That’s what bothers me the most about it.”

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According to NFL executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash, the league intends on opening training camps across the country on-time in late July. 

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Ravens DT Brandon Williams doesn't see how opposing offenses can attack their defense

Ravens DT Brandon Williams doesn't see how opposing offenses can attack their defense

Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams looks a bit different entering the 2020 season. He’s also got some teammates that look different, too. 

The Ravens added defensive tackles Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe to the front line, meaning Williams will kick inside to nosetackle this season. He’s changed his body composition as a result, and has shaved off some fat and added more muscle.

“I’ve got to eat the greens, eat the vegetables, the broccoli and whatnot,” Williams said Friday on a Zoom call with reporters. “But, then just working on my body composition, just working on being more — not lighter — but more toned so I can play that nose and keep running the way I do. Those two additions, Wolfe and Calais, I’ve got the twin towers right next to me — those two giants. I don’t see how offenses can come at us, man.”

In order to slim down a little bit the 31-year-old ate with a more watchful eye, as he knew his body would respond accordingly during the season.

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“I’m trying to get my slim-sexy going on — you know what I’m saying?” Williams quipped. “You know, the older you get, the harder it is to get that weight off you, the harder it is to move. You have to think about the joints and all the double-teams you’re taking up and all that stuff. So, when you come in a little bit lighter, it just relieves all that pain a lot of that — I guess — nagging stuff you have to worry about early on.”

Williams had 34 tackles last season and one sack, but is hopeful his move back to the nosetackle spot after the additions of Campbell, Wolfe and draft choices Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington will create a defensive line capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. 

“Those two dudes are good, and I like what I’ve got,” Williams said. “I like my team. I like the way they look, and the new guys are coming up great. We’ve got a lot of things going for us on the D-line and I’m excited to see it.”

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A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

A very good day for NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce

It’s been a good day for tight ends in the NFL.

To start the day George Kittle became the highest-paid tight end in the league. Shortly after, Travis Kelce signed an extension keeping him in Kansas City for an additional four years. Now it’s hard to talk about NFL tight ends and not mention either Kittle or Kelce’s name as two of the best in the league. It was only fitting that the two get paid on the exact same day.  

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Kittle and the San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement on a five-year, $75 million contract extension. Kittle deserves every penny of that deal as he’s racked up 2,945 receiving yards, the most by any tight end in NFL history after three seasons. He’s a do-it-all tight end who has great hands, blocks like a guard, and is a huge asset to the locker room.  

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension. Kelce is a huge part of the Chiefs offense and his stats show that he’s one of the best in the league. He’s the only tight end to ever record four straight 1,000 yard seasons and he’s the fastest tight end ever to 425 career catches and 5,500 receiving yards.  

Kittle and Kelce have set the bar high with their play on the field, but they have now also set the bar for the price tag at their position that comes along with it. 

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