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Patrick Mahomes' appearance in video condemning racism made a major impression on Doug Williams

Patrick Mahomes' appearance in video condemning racism made a major impression on Doug Williams

Chase Young was one of many pros to participate in the moving video that was posted last week in which the stars demanded the NFL condemn racism and police brutality, and while Redskins Senior VP of Player Development was assuredly proud of his rookie for speaking up, it was another person's presence that really stood out to him.

"[Patrick Mahomes' involvement] was huge," Williams said in an interview with The Undefeated "We’re not talking about a 15-year veteran. We’re talking about a young man who’s not even 25."

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"With all these young people out here marching in the streets and demanding change, it’s a different time right now," he continued. "You see that there are so many young people leading. It says a lot that he wanted to be involved in pushing for that change. It was very powerful.”

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Michael Thomas, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, Tyrann Mathieu and plenty of others also appeared, lending their voices and asking the league important questions like, "How many times do we need to ask you to listen to your players?" and "What if I was George Floyd?"

But in Williams' eyes, it was Mahomes — a black quarterback who has a Super Bowl trophy with star power the league can't ignore, just like the Redskins legend — who really made the whole project. And, now, the NFL seems to be paying attention to that project's message.

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for coronavirus

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for coronavirus

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for coronavirus, the team confirmed on Sunday. Pederson is currently asymptomatic and following the established protocol which includes a self-quarantine.

Pederson is the second NFL head coach to contract the virus, as New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton shared that he tested positive back in March. 

Positive tests throughout the league come as no surprise as the pandemic continues on and players and staff begin to report to training camp. The situation around the league is a reminder of the health and safety risks that come with football restarting.

RELATED: REPORT: NFL PLAYERS MUST DECIDE TO OPT OUT OR NOT BY AUG. 5

Players and coaches are aware of that, and many have already announced that they are opting out of the 2020 NFL season. In Washington, Caleb Brantley is the only member of the roster to have removed himself from the campaign so far.

By Wednesday, August 5, all players will reportedly have to decide whether or not they will participate in the season as the league has set an opt-out deadline for that day. With 40 or so players already withdrawing and COVID-19 not going away in the near future, that number is likely to increase.

Though the NFL is working hard to put the proper protocols in place, the results from initial tests show that challenges remain. 

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Report: NFL players must decide whether or not to opt out by Wednesday

Report: NFL players must decide whether or not to opt out by Wednesday

The clock is ticking for NFL players to make a decision regarding their playing status for the 2020 season.

The league is expected to set an opt-out deadline for Wednesday, August 5, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. While the decision is not finalized, Wednesday's deadline appears imminent.

Across the NFL, we've seen several players opt-out of the 2020 season as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the United States. The New England Patriots have seen a league-high eight players forego the 2020 season. While none of the league's top stars have decided to sit out the 2020 season -- yet -- New York Jets Jets Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley and Chiefs Super Bowl hero Damien Williams headline the most notable players to opt-out.

Locally, Washington has had just one player -- defensive lineman Caleb Brantley -- opt-out, while the Ravens have lost two players for the season in De'Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith.

There's a reason the NFL is setting its opt-out deadline for nearly six weeks before Week 1. According to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, the league wants to shorten its opt-out window because teams feel that players on the roster bubble are using the benefits of opting out as leverage.

For players that choose to forego the 2020 season, they will either earn a $350,000 stipend (for players who are deemed high-risk) or a $150,000 stiped (those not deemed high-risk).

The NFL is not the only league to see its players decide to skip the season in the midst of a pandemic. Several NBA players opted not to travel to Orlando for the season's resumption, while the MLB is still seeing players opt-out two weeks into its season.

With the NFL's opt-out reported deadline less than four days away, it's likely more will join the nearly 40 different players that have decided to pass on the season.

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