- Myles Garrett, Alex Mack lead Joe Thomas’ top five NFL teammates (NFL.com) - In this series, former players who work for NFL Network will name the five best players they each individually played with in their careers. Joe Thomas provides his ranking of the top players he played with, listed in reverse order.
- NFL players’ message is clear: They demand more from their league this time (cleveland.com) - The NFL as a whole, however, while taking some positive steps, has never fully embraced its players’ peaceful protests. The league’s initial statement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the protests and rioting that followed acknowledged the power of the league’s platform and said, “we embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners.” Except this time, players made it clear they’re in control and they want more than a lukewarm promise.
- Jedrick Wills inspired by teammates’ passion to further cause to end systemic racism (clevelandbrowns.com) - The Browns’ first pick in the 2020 Draft has had about as unique a first offseason as anyone could possibly imagine. From working remotely due to COVID-19 and the critically important social justice movement to end racism, Jedrick Wills Jr. has remained committed to fostering important change for the country and for himself as both a player and a person.
- How Baker Mayfield’s footwork has improved amid remote offseason (247 Sports) - The 2020 NFL offseason may look different than anybody ever imagined it would, but circumstances haven’t stopped Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield from progressing in his footwork amid remote programs for teams across the league. According to new Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, who was hired in late January, advanced video technology has been pivotal in Mayfield’s development in a time where he and Van Pelt haven’t been able to meet in person.
- Allegiant Stadium lanai doors open to reveal Al Davis torch (Las Vegas Review-Journal) - For the first time in months the massive lanai doors of Allegiant Stadium opened, revealing the shining light of the facility. The 85-foot Al Davis memorial torch that spans multiple levels of the stadium could be seen towering over the main entrance on the north end of the Raiders’ new $2 billion home.
- An oral history of Randy Moss’ rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings (PFF) - This week on the PFF NFL Podcast, we posted a podcast special: an oral history of Randy Moss’ rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings in 1998. We’re going to expand that here and bring some additional insight from the people we spoke to on the podcast.
- More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities (ESPN) - More than half of the 32 NFL teams will not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them.
- Former UGA teammates, NFL players respond to Jake Fromm’s ‘elite white people’ apology (The Telegraph) - Jake Fromm addressed the Buffalo Bills team after text messages, which involved the phrase “elite white people,” came to light Thursday afternoon. Fromm’s apology did not impress some NFL players.