“Dak is, I think, one of the most unique athletes in the NFL – and I really think that from like a freakish perspective,” Smith said, via USA Today, via Pro Football Talk. “He is such a strong, powerful, such a good athlete. So I really expect him to come back and be rolling. Then you add that on to his fortitude and mental perspective? I think he’s going to have a huge, huge year.”
- According to Jori Epstein, the Cowboys have not yet reached the 85 percent vaccination threshold.
Eagles RT Lane Johnson has a Super Bowl championship under his belt and despite the team’s recent regression, Johnson is confident in new HC Nick Sirianni.
“He’s taken great command of the team early on,” Johnson said, via TheEaglesWire.com. “I think what I appreciate about him the most is he holds everybody accountable. When we go to practice, whether it’s a veteran or a rookie on the first day, he’ll call you out. It’s been a lot of fun, really a lot of energy, and moving forward, we have a lot to prove.”
In an update posted to the team website, Washington Football Team president Jason Wright said the team has narrowed down a shortlist of potential candidates for a new name. A final decision is expected sometime in 2022, but Wright explained that the name “Warriors” is not one the team is considering.
“One might look at this name as a natural, and even harmless transition considering that it does not necessarily or specifically carry a negative connotation. But as we learned through our research and engagement with various groups, “context matters” and that makes it a ‘slippery slope,'” Wright said. “Feedback from across communities we engaged clearly revealed deep-seated discomfort around Warriors, with the clear acknowledgment that it too closely aligns with Native American themes. Such an embrace of potentially Native-adjacent iconography and imagery would not represent a clear departure that many communities have so forcefully advocated for us to embrace, and that frankly, we set out to do when we started this process a year ago.
“We have 89 years of history in this league and failing to acknowledge our past use of Native imagery in the consideration of the new name wouldn’t be mindful of the individuals and communities that were hurt by the previous name. We’ve made significant changes in our organization and our culture, and our new name must reflect these changes. To that end, we will choose an identity that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery.”