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Redskins' Chase Young among NFL players featured in video requesting league condemn racism

Redskins' Chase Young among NFL players featured in video requesting league condemn racism

Following the murder of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota, many around the world have made their voices heard about the racial injustices in America. That includes athletes of all sports, along with their respective teams and leagues.

However, some statements came across as disingenuous due to the vague language and misunderstanding of what the protests are truly about. The NFL released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but it didn't touch on the racism that black Americans are constantly faced with.

Frustrated with that notion, several players teamed up to release a video voicing what they want to hear from the NFL on the matter.

Posted on Giants running back Saquon Barkley's Twitter, the message featured some of the biggest names in the sport. Patrick Mahomes, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr. and others all shared the common messaging of wanting the NFL to explicitly address the racism and problems the country currently faces. Redskins rookie Chase Young was also part of the statement.

The video begins with the players wondering what it will take for the league to seriously commit itself to change in the future, feeling the current statements were inadequate. 

"What will it take? For one of us to be murdered by police brutality?" the players said.

"What if I was George Floyd?" the players asked.

Those questions were followed up with the realization that their standings as professional athletes don't separate them from those who have been victims of police brutality. 

"I am George Floyd, I am Breonna Taylor, I am Ahmaud Arbery, I am Eric Garner, I am Laquan McDonald, I am Tamir Rice, I am Trayvon Martin, I am Walter Scott, I am Michael Brown Jr., I am Samuel Dubose, I am Frank Smart, I am Phillip White, I am Jordan Baker," they said. 

Then, the players submitted their call to action for the NFL. They will continue to peacefully protest, and demand the league shows support and solidarity right alongside them. No more cookie-cutter statements, but an admittance of past mistakes and accountability for the future.

"On behalf of the National Football League, this is what we, the players, would like to hear you state: 'We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,'" they said. '"We, the National Football League, admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter.'"

A powerful and moving message, the stars of the NFL made one thing clear: It's time for the league to make real change. They will no longer accept the bare minimum, and instead, demand support and action.  

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Joe Judge's coaching style may cause issues for Saquon Barkley, Giants stars

Joe Judge's coaching style may cause issues for Saquon Barkley, Giants stars

The New York Giants took a big risk by hiring Joe Judge, a 38-year old, former special teams coordinator that has never once been a head coach at any level.

Throughout his first few months as head coach of the Giants, Judge has made it a point to make sure all of his players know they are on an equal playing surface. The head coach has refused to mention his players by their names, as Judge is contingent on having all his players earn their spot first.

According to New York Daily News reporter Pat Leonard, it would not be surprising if Judge's style became a problem for some of Big Blue's biggest stars, including Saquon Barkley.

"Don't take for granted that Saquon might not react," Leonard told the Redskins Talk podcast. "He might accept it. But when push comes to shove, you could see Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard -- I'm not calling these guys divas -- I'm just saying Odell [Beckham Jr.] is not the only one who would chafe. There are still guys on this roster who could chafe."

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Beckham is obviously a sore subject that highlights the Giants' recent front office troubles maintaining a solid relationship with their stars. The wide receiver's dismay towards GM Dave Gettleman was well known, and the Giants shipped Beckham to the Browns last March less than seven months after he signed a five-year extension.

While Judge may truly make his players earn their spot, Barkley should -- and likely will -- be an exception. The Penn State product is without a doubt the team's top offensive weapon entering the season. It's only been two years since New York invested the No. 2 overall pick in him, and he's been one of the league's best running backs ever since.

But for those players that do take issue with Judge's style, Leonard doesn't see them lasting too long with the Giants.

"They won't be on the roster if they chafe," he continued.

So, why is Judge attempting to use this old school, 'nothing is given, everything is earned' coaching style? 

"He believes everyone is going to earn their spot," Leonard said. "At the same time, he is going to have his player's backs. Part of that is he wants his players to know when they go on the field they're all battling as a team."

While it's easy to be skeptical of the hiring of Judge, Leonard believes the Giants are happy with their choice.

"So far, the Giants are happy with how organized Judge has been and how he really has a contingency plan for everything," he said.

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Saquon Barkley sets Giants' rookie record against Redskins and Twitter responds appropriately

Saquon Barkley sets Giants' rookie record against Redskins and Twitter responds appropriately

Drafting Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall over a quarterback is paying off quite well for the New York Giants. 

Already through Week 14, Barkley has set a new franchise record for the G-Men by total touchdowns by a rookie.

The touchdown to break the record was an incredible 78-yard scamper against the Washington Redskins. Well, we should say trot, to the end zone as he went untouched in the second quarter. The closest anyone was to the running back was when he lined up at the line of scrimmage. 

And as always, Twitter did not disappoint. 

Barkley finished the first half with 10 carries for 159 yards and one touchdown. The Giants entered the locker room with a 34-0 lead over the Redskins.

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