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Player safety or Thursday Night Football? That's the question for Redskins DL Chris Baker

Player safety or Thursday Night Football? That's the question for Redskins DL Chris Baker

Thursday Night Football does not engender a ton of support from seemingly any involved party. Coaches don't like the disruption to their weekly routines. Players don't like the additional toll on their bodies. Fans don't like what are way too many lackluster games.

None of that matters, however, for Roger Goodell and the NFL. Thursday Night Football makes a ton of money for the league, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. 

Goodell's sentiment around the Thursday night games drew the attention of Redskins free agent defensive lineman Chris Baker.

The 'Skins dealt with a particularly tough schedule in 2016. Twice they played short weeks, especially after a Sunday night game in Week 11 before a Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas. Later in the year, they played Monday night against the Panthers and then faced the Bears on a Saturday afternoon. And don't forget Washington also had an overseas game in London before their bye. 

Baker's complaints aren't alone. Seattle's Richard Sherman has been an outspoken critic of Thursday night game's, and ratings dipped early in the season for the contests. 

While the league's commitment to Thursday night games seems like a strict business play, it is worth pointing out the players take part in the additional cash. Thursday night games add about $1 billion in revenues, and about 55 percent of revenues get spent on player salary. Roughly, that works out to about an increased $250,000 per player per year; not exactly nothing. 

Perhaps a compromise can be reached between the players and the league at some point, as the current Thursday night tv deal expires after the 2017 season. Games on Thanksgiving are still quite popular, and there has been some talk of those being the first Thursday night games of the season. That would mean only about five or six weeks of Thursday games following the national holiday.

Any compromise will require owners taking less money, but players too. 

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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