Doug Pederson on White House: What you’ve seen, heard is enough

When President Donald Trump canceled the Eagles’ scheduled visit to the White House earlier this week, the Eagles responded with a statement saying it has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

Many likely share Pederson’s feeling that there’s not anything left to say about either the Eagles’ visit or the anthem issue in general, but it’s unclear if the non-engagement avenue will result in anything different from those who have spent the most time pushing it into the spotlight.

Western Michigan coach Tim Lester told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports that cornerback Sam Beal is filing to enter the draft. Beal is not eligible to play another year for the Broncos because he is short of the necessary academic credits.

The bottom line is he was forced to make this decision, Lester said. His GPA isn’t bad. We did everything we could to try [to help him]. We made sure we did everything in his best interest. … He was a joy to coach. I wanted to coach him one more year. When it comes to talent and work ethic, he’s one of the best I’ve ever been around. I’m looking forward to watching him at the next level.

Beal ranks highly on advance lists of the top cornerback prospects for the 2019 draft so he looks like a good bet to get picked when the league holds the annual supplemental draft. No date has been set at this point, but it is typically held in July.

At a time when the NFL and its teams have chosen to tiptoe around the President, could it be that the pushback will now come more aggressively from the players? Norman isn’t the first NFL player to voice dissent when it comes to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania, but his invocation of the I word at a fairly sensitive time in the ongoing battle between pro football and the President could prompt more and more NFL players to pile on.

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