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A day after free-agent safety Eric Reid called the NFL’s inclusion of Colin Kaepernick in social justice videos “diabolical”, some clarity has emerged around his sharp word choice. Apparently Kaepernick found out about his appearance in the NFL-backed features when everyone else did — upon the initial airing of the material.

Two sources close to the former NFL quarterback told Sports Grind Entertainment that Kaepernick’s “kneeling inclusion” in gameday videos on Thursday and Sunday didn’t sit well with him, prompting his tweet that the NFL was utilizing “propaganda about how they care about Black Life [while] they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid for fighting for the Black community.”

The 28-year-old Reid — who knelt with Kaepernick as a San Francisco 49er and continued to be vocal about racial injustices with the Carolina Panthers in 2019 — remains unsigned despite starting 98 of his 99 NFL games at safety from 2013-19. Reid was also pointed when he addressed the NFL’s utilization of Kaepernick in its messaging, which has included public apologies to the quarterback but no direct contact from commissioner Roger Goodell.

2 videos at center of issue for Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid

Reid’s and Kaepernick’s recent criticism of the NFL has been fairly simple: They believe a sweeping change in public and sponsor sentiment on the issue of social justice and protest has forced the NFL to surrender its previously held position against player protests. And in turn, they believe surrendering that position has also forced the NFL to find a way to embrace Kaepernick without remedying the fact that his career was extinguished after the 2016 season.

What they didn’t expect to happen was for the league and its rights-holders to begin producing content that appear to embrace Kaepernick’s kneeling at a time when he still doesn’t have a job. It’s a little like firing an employee for his actions, then later producing promotional materials celebrating those same actions while that employee still remains fired for those actions.

Kneeling imagery of Kaepernick was used at least twice during the league’s opening slate, first in a halting Alicia Keys rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before the Thursday night opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, and again Sunday in a Fox NFL-produced feature narrated by actor Omari Hardwick, which lifted off with Kaepernick’s kneeling as the central theme. Kaepernick wasn’t aware of either content production or his use in them, sources said.

Both videos made something abundantly clear that hadn’t been obvious before this week: If the NFL wants to use footage of Kaepernick’s kneeling as part of its promotional messaging, it’s free to do so without his consent.

In 2016, Eric Reid (right) joined Colin Kaepernick on the 49ers sideline in protest. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

Why Sunday’s video of Kaepernick struck a nerve

As one source put it pointedly: “They’re not showing him as a football player or the things he did on the field anymore, but now they’re using him as a prop to show they care about social justice. They erased him as a football player and then they brought him back like this to serve their own public relations purposes.”

The Fox-produced piece on social justice appeared to irritate Kaepernick’s camp — and apparently also Reid — more than Keys’ performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The sources said that was largely because the Fox piece appeared to be commercializing social justice for the benefit of the NFL, while bookending kneeling in two images: Kaepernick’s peaceful protests in 2016 versus Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd in May, which resulted in Floyd’s death.

The Fox-produced spot was punctuated near the end with a very “league forward” message in Hardwick’s narration: “Murals went up, statues came down. Players used their voices and commissioner Roger Goodell publicly admitted he was wrong, expanding a league-wide campaign on social justice. Now if there’s a silver-lining here, it’s this: The NFL can change. And we can, too.”

It wasn’t long after that spot when Reid responded to what he believed was a public relations attempt that was co-opting Kaepernick while simultaneously continuing to lock him out of the NFL.

“What the @NFL is doing is half-hearted at best,” Reid tweeted. “@nflcommish [Roger Goodell] has gotten comfortable saying he ‘was wrong’ as if his mere acknowledgement reconciles his admitted wrongdoing. He hasn’t even called Colin to apologize, let alone reconcile, proving this is only PR for the current business climate. As such, Roger Goodell uses video of Colin courageously kneeling to legitimize their disingenuous PR while simultaneously perpetuating systemic oppression, that the video he’s using fights against, by continuing to rob Colin of his career. It’s diabolical.”

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Weston McKennie ‘almost a different level to everyone else’ at Juventus, says USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter

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Gregg Berhalter wasn’t suggesting that Weston McKennie is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the United States men’s national team coach came away from McKennie’s hugely impressive first match with Italian titan Juventus last weekend convinced that the tireless box-to-box midfielder gives Juve an element that Ronaldo’s team was lacking before the Texan arrived from German club Schalke last month.

“Just the dynamic that he’s able to play with, even at that level, it looks like almost a different level to everyone else there in terms of his speed and his strength that he’s playing with,” Berhalter, in an interview Thursday with Sirius XM radio, said of McKennie’s debut, a 3-1 win over Sampdoria in which he showed off his defensive range and almost scored twice.

McKennie, 22, is among a cohort of young Americans beginning to establish themselves as difference-makers with some of the world’s most important clubs. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is on the Premier League’s preseason Player of the Year shortlist. Seventeen-year-old Giovanni Reyna has claimed a starting spot with Borussia Dortmund. RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams became the first U.S. player to score in the Champions League quarterfinals last month, and Barcelona and Bayern Munich are in a bidding war for Ajax’s 19-year-old fullback Sergiño Dest. Shortly before Berhalter’s interview aired, Zack Steffen won his debut with Manchester City.

After an aging USMNT spectacularly failed to qualify for the last World Cup, this new generation of top prospects couldn’t have come along at a better time for Berhalter, who was hired in late 2018.

“That’s how you start winning consistently — you need quality,” Berhalter said.

Berhalter played in the Bundesliga and was part of two U.S. World Cup squads, including the 2002 team that advanced to the quarterfinals. But he noted the difference between the USMNT sides he was a member of and this current group.

“When we used to play, you line up against [superstars like Francesco] Totti or Ronaldo or Christian Vieri, you want their uniforms after the game,” Berhalter said. “Now we have guys playing with these guys. They go back to the same club as these guys. It’s a different level. Now our job is to bring these guys together and get the most out of them.”

Asked by co-host (and former USMNT teammate) Tony Meola about Reyna, the son of U.S. great Claudio Reyna and women’s national teamer Danielle Egan who scored his first Bundesliga goal last weekend, Berhalter compared his quick rise to Pulisic’s. Pulisic also broke into Dortmund’s 11 as a teenager before moving to London last year for $73 million, a record transfer fee for a U.S. player.

“You look at Christian, it’s become very clear within the last year how he can make the biggest impact. And I think Gio is in the same boat,” Berhalter said. “What I like about him is his ability to score goals, I like his physicality, he’s very fluid on the ball, good turning in the pockets. So there’s a lot of positive things to his performances. Now it’s about a couple things: can he continue that on and can he see this as an opportunity to just keep getting better instead of just maintaining status quo. Can he keep improving?”

Berhalter has also been in frequent contact with Dest in recent days as Barca and Bayern duke it out for his signature.

“He’s got two great opportunities in front of him,” Berhalter said. “I don’t think you can go wrong with either option and hopefully something gets done soon. But he’s in a great frame of mind. He’s been in a great frame of mind for the last couple months. He hasn’t let it affect his performance, he hasn’t let it affect his mindset, and he just keeps working hard. And he showing a lot of maturity for young player.”

Finally, Berhalter was asked by co-host Brian Dunseth about youth national teamer Sebastian Soto, a dual-citizen who is reportedly being courted by Chile.

“There’s no way I’d be happy about him going to pay for Chile because we feel like he can be an important player for us in the future,” Berhalter said of Soto. “It’s about trying to create an environment the players want to be in.

“Sergiño was another guy who had options,” Berhalter said of Dest, who committed his international future to the U.S. over the Netherlands last year. “He could’ve easily played for Holland and he decided to play for us. So we try to do the work on our end that we can keep these players.”

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“Big Ben” to set franchise mark vs. Texans

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Randy Fichtner watched the big kid with the strong arm and the sense of invincibility that is the province of the very young and immediately grew worried.

So Fichter, then the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterbacks coach, suggested to Ben Roethlisberger that he might want to think about getting rid of the ball a little sooner. Push the tempo a little faster. Don’t take so many risks. Absorb fewer hits.

In other words, play it safe.

”And I’ll never forget, he looked at me and says, ‘Randy, then I wouldn’t be me,”’ Fichtner, now Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator, said Thursday. ”And from that moment, I knew that there’s a reason why he’s been Big Ben.”

Improbably, all these years later, Roethlisberger is still here. Still playing. Still throwing. Still performing. And while he’s learned a thing or two about discretion during his 17 seasons in the league, the 20-something who seemed to welcome the punishment he received on a weekly basis has become the 38-year-old poised to set a mark that’s a testament to his durability and his adaptability.

When Roethlisberger runs onto the Heinz Field turf Sunday to lead Pittsburgh (2-0) against Houston (0-2), it will be his 221st game in the NFL. No Steelers player – not Terry Bradshaw or Joe Greene or Mel Blount or Jerome Bettis or all the rest – has played more games in black-and-gold. Maybe it’s fitting that when he takes his first snap, he’ll break a tie with Hall of Fame center Mike Webster for the most appearances in franchise history.

Roethlisberger credits his unexpected longevity on his faith and the fact he plays for one of the most stable teams in professional sports. Oh, and being built like a tight end more than a quarterback helps.

”God made me a bigger man than most quarterbacks,” Roethlisberger said. ”So I think I can take it and I’m just enjoying playing this game.”

An appreciation renewed by an unexpected year away from the sport.

Roethlisberger tore three flexor tendons in his right elbow last September and didn’t play for 364 days. He could have opted to retire with his two Super Bowl rings, hang out with his wife Ashley and their three children and let the clock start on his likely Hall of Fame induction.

Instead, he opted for (at least) one more go-round, even if it makes him by far the elder statemen on an offense filled with skill position players a decade or more younger. When Roethlisberger came on in Week 2 of the 2004 season to replace an injured Tommy Maddox, rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool was 6. JuJu Smith-Schuster – the longest-tenured receiver on the team – was 7.

”Obviously, he still wants more,” Smith-Schuster said.

Whether Roethlisberger would give himself a chance to chase it is another matter. He won his first Super Bowl in 2006 at 23. Four months later, he broke his jaw and nose when he crashed his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet. He developed a reputation as one of the best improvisers in the league, a reputation that often came at a heavy cost as his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame took shot after shot from opposing defenders.

”Ben being Ben” they called it. Fichtner, however, worried about the long-term effects. Roethlisberger was sacked an average of 47 times a season between 2006-09. Looking back, Roethlisberger doesn’t see a spotty offensive line so much as a quarterback who didn’t know when to throw it away.

”I did take a lot of beating early on,” Roethlisberger said. ”A lot of that was my fault.”

A phase Roethlisberger eventually moved on from thanks in part to the arrival of offensive coordinator Todd Haley in 2012 and the team’s substantial investment in the group that protects him.

Center Maurkice Pouncey arrived in the first round in 2010. Guard David DeCastro followed in the same round two years later. Roethlisberger began throwing more than ever and landing on the ground less than ever. He has been sacked more than 30 times just once over the last seven years, a span in which he’s won a pair of NFL passing titles while being named to the Pro Bowl four times.

Though the Steelers are off to a solid start, Roethlisberger isn’t exactly thrilled with his play even as he’s thrown for five touchdowns against just one interceptions. On Tuesday, he lamented his footwork. On Wednesday, he didn’t throw but instead worked with quarterbacks coach Matt Canada on a series of drills designed to sharpen his form from the ground up.

”He’s not the old dog that can’t learn new tricks,” Fichtner said. ”He wants to win. And that’s just the bottom line. … If we want to talk about everybody improving early in the season much like you would if we had a preseason, that means everybody and he takes that as personal as anybody because he wants to win and he wants to lead a group.”

It’s a job he plans on holding onto indefinitely. While Roethlisberger insists he’s taking things year to year, the Steelers haven’t exactly scoured far and wide for his long-term replacement. Sticking around, however, does have its drawbacks. As tends to happen when you’re officially the old guy in the locker room … by a lot.

”So my only question to that was Ben with the Steel Curtain (defense)?” defensive end Cam Heyward said with a laugh. ”It seems like he’s playing forever. It’s a testament to what he’s done and you don’t just get there by playing those games. You have to be worthy of that record. You’ve got to win at an all-time high level. … To keep doing it and be consistent in that approach, it’s uncanny. There’s only about 10 or so guys that are able to do it that long.”

And only one that has been able to do it in Pittsburgh: the quarterback who used to play like there was no tomorrow has turned into the quarterback who tries to savor each tomorrow that comes.

NOTES: Smith-Schuster missed practice for a second straight day with a knee issue. … DeCastro, who missed the first two games with a left knee injury, practiced and should be ready to start against the Texans.

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Sit and start is relative and league dependent, so consider some of these suggestions more “fliers” and “fades” (note that some are targeted for DFS).

Good luck with your Week 3 lineups.

Sit: Henry Ruggs

Start in DFS: Cam Newton ($32)

Ruggs got off to a nice start to his career but quickly suffered a knee injury and has been quiet since (and remained limited in practice this week). Up against an angry Patriots defense in New England, no Raider can be trusted in fantasy lineups outside of Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller this week.

Newton just threw for nearly 400 yards in Seattle (leading to Julian Edelman setting a career-high in receiving yards) with middling target options (James White missed the game), and he’s also on pace to record 32 rushing touchdowns this season (and he could easily have two more). Given his dominance at the goal line and the matchup, Newton is a borderline top-five fantasy QB in Week 3 and someone to consider in DFS.

Start: Darrell Henderson, Devin Singletary

Malcolm Brown returned to practice Thursday, and this certainly doesn’t come without risk, but Henderson impressed last week (and ranks fourth in elusive rating so far this year) and carries a ton of upside in this Rams offense that’s among the league leaders in yards per play. The all-time college leader in YPC, Henderson should benefit from Cam Akers’ (ribs) likely absence and is worthy of a flex play in Week 3.

Singletary will have to deal with Josh Allen stealing touchdowns around the goal line, but he should be looking at more touches with Zack Moss nursing a toe injury. Singletary’s targets have been way up early on (10) even with the rookie back playing, and the Bills get a Rams run-funnel defense that ranks #8 against the pass in DVOA and #27 against the run.

Sit: David Johnson

Start in DFS: James Conner ($17)

Johnson could soon be a buy-low candidate, but he gets yet another difficult matchup in Week 3 against a Pittsburgh run defense that ranks #1 in DVOA and has held running backs to just 48.5 rushing yards per game so far. I’d rather gamble on Darrell Henderson, Antonio Gibson, Joshua Kelley, and even Jeff Wilson Jr. this week.

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Conner retook the role as Pittsburgh’s clear lead back last week, solidified by a late Benny Snell lost fumble. There’s always risk with Conner, but $17 is low for a three-down back who’s at home in such a favorable matchup. I have Conner as my RB8 in Week 3.  

Start: Jeff Wilson Jr., Darius Slayton

While Jerick McKinnon should be active in the passing game, expect Wilson to take over as San Francisco’s lead back, leading to 15+ touches in a productive system (that still includes a solid offensive line). The Giants have quietly played well defensively, ranking #7 in DVOA, but Wilson should be busy with the 49ers dealing with injuries to the team’s top two running backs, #1 wide receiver and #1 tight end. Wilson has been the team’s goal-line back before, and don’t be surprised when he finishes as a top-20 fantasy back in Week 3.

Slayton is going to benefit greatly from the injuries to Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley and so many on San Francisco’s defense. Slayton has averaged nearly a touchdown (0.8) over five games without Shepard in his career and already ranks top-25 in WOPR this season, so he’s a top-15 WR on my board in Week 3. The Giants aren’t going to be able to run the ball with Devonta Freeman (the huge differences in FAB bids between him and Wilson were absolutely wild), so Slayton is going to be extremely valuable moving forward (another Evan Engram injury would make him even busier).

Tennessee Titans @ Minnesota Vikings

Start: Corey Davis

Start in DFS: Adam Thielen ($24)

Volume is always a concern with Tennessee’s passing attack, but with no A.J. Brown again, Davis remains a fine start in Week 3. Davis has seen about as many air yards as DeAndre Hopkins this season and he gets a Minnesota defense that’s been gashed for the second-most fantasy points by wide receivers.

Thielen leads the NFL in air yards target share and WOPR, and Minnesota’s drastic decline in defense and loss of Stefon Diggs should continue to make him one of the five most valuable fantasy receivers moving forward — and a top-three option in Week 3 at home in a game with a total approaching 50 points.

Washington Football Team @ Cleveland Browns

Start: Antonio Gibson, Browns D/ST

Gibson has impressed when touching the ball and continues to see his role expand (65% snap share last week while Peyton Barber disappeared), so he’s an option in a tenuous running back landscape.

The Browns enter with an overwhelming advantage in the trenches, and Dwayne Haskins is looking less like Washington’s long-term answer at QB. He got just 6.3 YPA with a 1:5 TD:INT ratio over five games on the road last season, and he ranks last by a mile in CPAE so far in 2020. I have the Browns as a top-three fantasy defense in Week 3.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles

Start: Joe Burrow, Carson Wentz

Burrow hasn’t been efficient (5.3 YPA) but a whopping 97 attempts have given him the most opportunity for fantasy points among all quarterbacks this season, and he gets an Eagles pass defense that ranks 27th in DVOA. It helps that the Bengals can’t run the ball (and that Burrow can), and this game projects to be among the fastest-paced this week.

Wentz has been awful so far, ranking second-to-last in CPAE and even getting booed at home without fans. But he’s faced a tough schedule and should bounce back in a favorable home matchup and with DeSean Jackson and Miles Sanders healthier (although with no Jalen Reagor).

Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons

Start: Mitch Trubisky, Russell Gage

Trubisky ranks first in Aggressiveness among QBs who’ve started two games early on, adds rushing yards and gets an Atlanta defense that’s been shredded for the most fantasy points by quarterbacks this season. The Falcons should be able to score at home, and the Bears usually struggle running the ball, so the recipe is here for Trubisky to be a top-12 fantasy QB indoors Sunday against an Atlanta defense that’s allowed the second-most yards per play this season.

Gage has averaged 7.9 targets over 11 games since Mohamed Sanu was traded, and that should continue with Julio Jones battling a hamstring injury that’s clearly bothering him. Atlanta is unlikely to run Todd Gurley with any success against the Bears, so Gage is once again a viable start in Week 3. Matt Ryan is on pace to throw the most yards in NFL history through two games.

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts

Sit: All Jets

Start in DFS: T.Y. Hilton ($19)

It’s not Sam Darnold’s fault, but injuries and most importantly, Adam Gase’s coaching, have the Jets as this week’s biggest underdogs by far (amazing that Robby Anderson also has been immediately good after leaving Gase; I’m going to go out on a limb and predict the same for Chris Herndon). The Jets’ offensive line is going to be overwhelmed by an Indy front seven that’s ceded the fewest yards per play this season, so sit them all.

Hilton is off to a slow start (including a bad drop in the end zone last week) but typically plays much better indoors, should move to the slot more with Parris Campbell out and gets a Jets funnel defense that ranks #3 against the run yet #22 versus the pass in DVOA, so I’m treating him as a top-12 WR this week.

Carolina Panthers @ Los Angeles Chargers

Start: Mike Davis, Joshua Kelley

Davis clearly won the backup job in Carolina this summer and immediately secured all eight targets last week, revealing top-20 RB type value in PPR leagues as long as Christian McCaffrey is sidelined. The Chargers aren’t the easiest matchup, but given his usage in the passing game, Davis can be started with confidence in Week 3.

Kelley is obviously 1B to Austin Ekeler, but it should be another run-heavy day for LA as near touchdown home favorites against a Carolina defense that’s ceded the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Kelley has six carries inside the 10-yard line this year compared to just one by Ekeler.

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Start: T.J. Hockenson

Start in DFS: Kenyan Drake ($23)

Hockenson’s usage has been disappointing to go along with the rest of Detroit’s offense this season, but he’s secured all nine targets and gets an Arizona defense in Week 3 that allowed by far the most fantasy points to tight ends last season (the Cardinals have been better so far in 2020, but Logan Thomas had a high WOPR against them last week).

This game projects a lot of plays and many points scored, and Drake looks fully healthy as Arizona’s true feature back. His fantasy production has been limited so far, but the Lions have yielded the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs and rank last in run defense DVOA this season, so I love the Drake and have him as a top-five RB in Week 3.

Kenyan Drake looks ready to go off in Week 3 alongside Kyler Murray. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver Broncos

Sit: Tom Brady, Jerry Jeudy

While it’s tempting to fire up Brady in lineups with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans both finally healthy and facing an injured Broncos defense, Denver remains a tough place to play, and this matchup projects as slow-paced and low scoring. Brady has been awfully shaky over his last 13 games now.

Jeudy is dealing with a rib injury that’s at risk of taking him out of Sunday’s game at any moment, and while Courtland Sutton is sidelined, K.J. Hamler saw more snaps and ran more routes last week. Jeff Driskel is starting at QB, and the Bucs enter playing well defensively, so Jeudy isn’t a strong Week 3 start.

Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks

Start: Everyone

This game should be fast-paced and features teams that both rank top-five in yards per play, so it should be a fantasy goldmine. The Seahawks have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, so I have Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb all as top-25 WRs this week, while Dalton Schultz is a TE sleeper well worth using in PPR leagues. Russell Wilson is the current favorite to win MVP, and I have Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf both as top-five fantasy wide receivers this week.  

Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints

Start: Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Sit: Drew Brees

With Davante Adams unlikely to play (and won’t be close to 100% if he does), MVS is a top-30 fantasy WR in this likely high-scoring matchup indoors. Valdes-Scantling ranks #13 in air yards this season, and Aaron Rodgers looks rejuvenated.

While Rodgers looks great, Brees has looked every bit his 41 years of age and sports the third-worst CPAE in the league over the first two games of the season (after struggling badly down the stretch last year). Brees is already signed to enter the TV booth next year, and it’s becoming increasingly likely he won’t last the majority of 2020 as New Orleans’ starter. He gets a Green Bay defense Sunday night that ranks #30 in DVOA against the run so far this season, so the Saints will likely lean on their rushing attack.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens

Start: Mecole Hardman, Mark Ingram

Hardman is a gamble (especially with the game being Monday night) with just four targets on the season, but Sammy Watkins might sit while dealing with a concussion, and Kansas City is going to throw a ton trying to keep up with Baltimore’s unstoppable offense. It’s likely an aberration that soon ends, but it’s mildly curious that Patrick Mahomes has the third-lowest average intended air yards (ahead of only Drew Brees and Sam Darnold) over the first two games of the season.

It’s not an ideal situation with a three-headed backfield committee in Baltimore, but Ingram should see more snaps in a game that should remain competitive longer, and he gets a KC D that allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs last season and ranks 26th in run defense DVOA this year. Ingram is a fine start during arguably the matchup of the season Monday night.

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