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Martellus Bennett on NFL and social awareness: ‘How can we promote the conversation’ 09.14.16 at 1:13 pm ET
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FOXBORO — After Martellus Bennett spent time talking about the Xs and Os Wednesday, he provided some fascinating insight to what he thinks can come from NFL players bringing social awareness to the football field.

In a five-minute dissertation, Bennett outlined his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick being joined by other NFL players in bringing social injustice to public light.

“It’s everybody. It’s not just blacks, it’s not just white, it’s not just cops, just not police, it takes every single person in society to do their part,” Bennett began. “And no role is too small. It just starts with one step. Start the conversation, have a conversation with our kids, have a conversation with friends so we all can bring change. That’s what it’s really about. Like how can we bring change and how can we promote the conversation so that others can try to figure out ways to bring change.

“And it’s really what I call design thinking. You’re just thinking in a way that you can design society to be a better place. And America was built on diversity and we believe that in diversity and we believe that in diversity you can find university, just basically unity with us all. And an NFL locker room is the No. 1 place to prove that because we have guys from all different walks of life and different life experiences come together for one cause and one dream and one goal. And I think the same thing can happen in society. We’re all on one team and we all want the same thing, which is tolerance, equality. Everybody just wants to be treated fairly and with justice. It’s just bringing people together really.”

Bennett and teammate Devin McCourty raised their fist Sunday night during the national anthem in solidarity with other players around the NFL.

“Really, it’s just to start the conversation, to get people take notice. Some things people just brush under the rug, water under the bridge,” Bennett said. “But it’s big. It doesn’t just affect one family, it affects all families. From the moments where you’re riding in the car, there’s a Young Jeezy song going and you hear the sirens in the background of the music and you panic and you freeze while you’re driving, when it gets to that point, then it’s like time to really start having a conversation. I mean I like Young Jeezy but, you know.”

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DE Chris Long offers perspective on anthem protests taking place around NFL at 12:43 pm ET
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In an appearance with ESPN Radio’s “Russillo & Kannell” on Tuesday, Patriots defensive end Chris Long offered his thoughts on a number of topics, including the recent uproar involving Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem. Check out the complete video here.

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When it comes to banners and the anthem, Bill Belichick has no time for non-football talk 09.06.16 at 10:10 am ET
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Bill Belichick speaks Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick has zero patience or tolerance for talking about anything that doesn’t help his team get ready for Week 1 in Arizona this Sunday night.

Talking about the new Tom Brady banner on the Gillette Stadium lighthouse and whether he’s telling his players to stand for the national anthem fall into the distraction category.

Belichick was asked Tuesday about his reaction to the new Brady decoration on the lighthouse tower.

“We’re really focused on Arizona right now,” Belichick said.

But has he seen it?

“Our focus is on the Cardinals,” Belichick said. “That’s who we play this week. All the other decorative and marketing things and so forth are not really part of the team’s preparation. We’re focused on Arizona.”

As for the lightning rod that is Colin Kaepernick and what he might instruct his players to do during the national anthem, Belichick referred Tuesday morning to his previous statement when he said he’s not coaching in the NFL to talk about political commentary.

“Yeah, that’s been addressed,” Belichick said Tuesday. “That was addressed a long time ago. That’s been addressed. I’ve already talked about that.”

Kaepernick’s former boss and current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that he does not respect the action of Kaepernick.

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Bill Belichick on Colin Kaepernick’s actions: ‘Not here to talk about political commentary’ 08.29.16 at 11:44 am ET
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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick took a pass when asked about the burgeoning controversy surrounding San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand for the National Anthem.

On Monday morning, the Patriots coach was asked for his thoughts on Kaepernick’s actions.

“We’re really focused on what we do, getting ready for the Giants [and] improving our football team,” Belichick said. “[I’m] not here to talk about political commentary, ideology and all that.”

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Fantasy Football: Week 7 waiver wire 10.20.15 at 1:43 pm ET
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It’€™s time to take a look at pickups for Week 7. There are some very good options out there and I have done my best to break them down for you. It’s a significant bye week, with four teams on their bye. There will be plenty of competition for talent, so be aggressive with waiver claims and bids.

As usual, I will be posting an expanded waiver wire this afternoon over at Rotobahn. If you play in a league with 12 or more teams, you will find more players who are actually available to add. This article is geared a little bit more to typically sized leagues.

The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!.

QUARTERBACKS

Blake Bortles, Jaguars, 43 percent

As I have said the last few weeks, Bortles is getting the job done for fantasy owners. He has a somewhat tough matchup this week with the Bills and then he goes into his bye week. Coming out of the bye week, Bortles has a tough matchup with the Jets, but things ease up nicely from Week 10 right through the end of the fantasy season. He’€™s a solid investment in deep leagues.

Joe Flacco, Ravens, 60 percent

Flacco has had two absolutely brutal weeks. They occurred on Week 1 and Week 4, but apart from those two games, his fantasy numbers have been very good. With a relatively strong schedule going forward, Flacco is worth owning or at least considering as a streaming option on most weeks.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, 52 percent

Don’€™t look now, but Kaepernick is a top 11 fantasy quarterback. Sure, he’€™s got a serious lack of consistency, but he also has a lot of weekly point potential. He’€™s a DraftKings play almost every week in tournaments due to his low cost. In fact, he’€™s still at the price floor for quarterbacks on DraftKings this week at home against a struggling Seahawks team.

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Chiefs QB Alex Smith: QBs ‘particular’ about their footballs 05.13.15 at 9:26 am ET
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Alex Smith was the latest starting QB asked about Deflategate and Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Alex Smith (right) weighed in on Deflategate and Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Tuesday that while he has yet to check out the specifics of the Wells Report and Deflategate, he knows that signal-callers can be “particular” when it comes to the state of the football and how it’s broken in.

“As far as breaking a ball in, I’ve never heard a quarterback ever altering the inflation of a football,” he said. “But certainly some quarterbacks prefer brand new balls and some guys prefer them to be worn in a little more. It’s kind of team to team, quarterback to quarterback.”

“I like them right out of the box,” Kansas City backup QB Chase Daniel said. “That’s just how I throw them. That’s how I have my entire life. I just haven’t paid much attention to it.”

Smith and Daniels are just the latest current quarterbacks to weigh in on the situations. Peyton and Eli Manning have acknowledged fellow QB Tom Brady as a friend, but mostly steered clear of any sort of definitive statement. Meanwhile, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick gave a clear defense of Brady via Twitter late last week, saying, “Let it go and let Tom be great.”

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Colin Kaepernick throws support behind Tom Brady: ‘Let Tom be great’ 05.08.15 at 11:51 pm ET
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Colin Kaepernick was the first starting quarterback to weigh in publicly on what Tom Brady is going through, and it appears that the Niners’ quarterbacks is firmly in Brady’s corner. Kaepernick tweeted out the following Friday evening:

Later in the evening, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, speaking at a fundraiser in Indy, was asked about Brady’s situation.

“Like I said, I’ll speak it as clearly and slowly as I can. He’s my friend, he’ll always be my friend,” Manning told reporters before a fundraiser for the Indianapolis children’s hospital named in his honor. “I don’t know what happened, I don’t have much more than that for you.”

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