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08-25-2018, 04:34 AM
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Bengals owner Mike Brown says President Donald Trump's numerous tweets attacking NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem have prolonged the issue Packers JK Scott Jersey , which he sees as one of the league's biggest distractions.

Brown noted at the team's annual preseason luncheon Tuesday that the NFL and the players' union are trying to develop an anthem policy that will hopefully please not only owners and players, but fans and the president, too. He said the president's tweets have worked against finding a resolution to the issue.

"I think that worked against us," Brown said. "I think it stirred the pot, it got people looking at it unfavorably, and he has worked that issue for, I suppose, political reasons. It is what it is. It's beyond my pay grade."

Trump has attacked the NFL and players who protested social injustice by kneeling during the "Star Spangled Banner." The league adopted a policy in May that would fine clubs if their players protest on the field, but gave them the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem.

The issue flared again last week when the Miami Dolphins developed a policy that would leave players subject to suspensions, prompting the NFL to try to find a solution with the players' union. Trump tweeted again that players should be suspended for kneeling, and he challenged Commissioner Roger Goodell to make a stand.

Brown said he's seen Trump only once in person. They were in the same courtroom in the 1980s when Trump 鈥?then owner of the USFL's New Jersey Generals 鈥?sued the NFL.

"Unlike some of the (NFL) owners you read about in the newspaper Authentic Jaleel Scott Jersey , I have never met Donald Trump," Brown said.

Brown said he considered implementing an anthem policy for the Bengals before the league and the union decided to try for a joint resolution last week.

"Yes, I have thoughts on it," Brown said. "Yes, we had ways of handling it. I'm not so sure that wasn't pretty good, at least compared to others. But that's as much as I'm going to say about this, and let's get on to something else."

Brown's team also is involved in a grievance filed on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid, who met with the Bengals but wasn't offered a contract. Brown reportedly asked Reid during their visit whether he would continue to kneel during the anthem.

The grievance claims that Reid wasn't signed by any team because of his anthem protests. Brown said he was scheduled to meet with the team's lawyers on Wednesday to discuss the case. He was surprised it quickly became an issue.

"It was a quick-forming thunderhead," Brown said. "I didn't expect it."

Brown is disappointed that the debate over anthem protests has lingered into another season.

"It should never have developed into the issue it has," he said. "Yes, it bothers me that we sit here today talking about the anthem issue."

The Bengals open camp this week coming off a second straight losing season. They haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season Tremaine Edmunds Bills Jersey , the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history. Brown chose to bring back coach Marvin Lewis for a 16th season even though he has an NFL-record 0-7 in the playoffs.

Brown said he's concerned not only about his team's challenges but also the challenges that the NFL faces with the focus on concussions and pregame protests.

"We have distractions," Brown said. "We have to get beyond them. We have to get beyond the anthem issue. We have to get beyond the concussion issue. There are other things. We're about football. That's what fans want. And this other stuff turns off everybody. We have to get away from it somehow, and it's a challenge for us to do that."

Drop back. Throw long. Repeat.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was flinging the ball far downfield Thursday during a voluntary offseason training practice, targeting an array of receivers that includes newcomers Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead.

”Someone kind of joked that we completed more deep balls in practice today when we did the whole offseason last year,” coach John Harbaugh said.

The Ravens’ top priority this season was to vastly improve a passing attack that last season ranked 29th in total yardage and was dead last with 5.7 yards per attempt.

General manager Ozzie Newsome dumped Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Campanaro, signed the aforementioned trio of free agents and drafted two wide receivers.

Chris Moore and Breshad Perriman are the only two of 13 receivers on the roster who caught a pass for Baltimore last season. Whether it’s a change for the better remains to be seen.

”Obviously, we’ve got to do our job – catch the ball, catch touchdowns, first downs and all that Scott Kingery Jersey ,” Crabtree said. ”I’m confident in the guys we have. We’ve got some football players here.”

Crabtree has five career TD catches of at least 40 yards; Snead will fit nicely in the slot; and Brown in 2015 had a 1,003-yard, seven-touchdown season with Arizona.

Forget the check-down pass, because the Ravens are looking to go long in 2018.

”Joe’s known for throwing the deep ball, and I think we’ll hit a lot of those,” Brown said.

Flacco is the starter, but backups Robert Griffin III, Lamar Jackson and Josh Woodrum will keep the receivers busy downfield this summer.

”Every one of our quarterbacks has a reputation for throwing the ball deep,” Harbaugh said. ”I feel like that’s got to be a big part of who we are. We want to throw it out there, and go get it.”

That was the Ravens were looking for from Perriman when they drafted him in the first round of 2015. Perriman has thus far been a huge disappointment, but the hope is that this is the year he finally fulfills his potential.

”He’s in great shape. He’s playing very fast Authentic Devin Hester Jersey ,” Harbaugh said. ”Not just that – he’s catching the ball really well. He looks much smoother, and he’s getting in and out of routes quicker. He’s taken a step in the right direction. I know he’s determined to carry that right through training camp.”

Crabtree, 30, has become the leader of the pack simply because of his age and experience.

”I don’t have a choice. I’m going on 10 (years) in the game,” he said. ”That’s just my role. At the same time, I’m out there competing like I’m 21. I’m going to have fun with it.”

Crabtree had 58 catches with Oakland last season, down from 89 in 2016. Snead started the 2017 season in New Orleans with a three-game DUI suspension and fought through a hamstring injury. Brown is looking to regain the form he showed in 2015.

All three hope the move to Baltimore will bring about a return to stardom.

”We’ve all had our ups and downs,” Brown said. ”It just feels good to have a new start and keep things rolling.”



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