Brandon Marshall, Doug Baldwin react strongly to President Trump’s comments on NFL anthem stance

Shortly after the NFL announced changes to its national anthem policy, President Donald Trump gave praise to the league while taking another jab at those who choose to protest, and it didn’t take long for some NFL players to react to his comments.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin also had some strong words in response to Trump, calling the president an “idiot.” He added, “the NFL really missed it this time.”

“He’s an idiot, plain and simple,” Baldwin said, per The Seattle Times. “I mean, listen, I respect the man because he’s a human being first and foremost. But he’s just being more divisive, which is not surprising. It is what it is. But for him to say that anybody who doesn’t follow his viewpoints or his constituents’ viewpoints should be kicked out of the country. It’s not very empathetic, it’s not very American-like.”

Penny joins a backfield already populated by 2017 draft pick Chris Carson, 2016 selection C.J. Prosise, Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic. But none of those runners led the Seahawks in rushing last season. That honor belongs to quarterback Russell Wilson (586 yards).

I feel like how they run the same offense, it’s gonna be the same thing as San Diego State. Stretch plays, the inside zones, Penny told Ruiz. I know the other running backs, we all got to compete to do our job. It’s an amazing feeling. I love being here because I feel the same tradition as San Diego State of running the ball. They’re a run-oriented team. You got to stop the run, and if you stop the run, we’re got to throw the play action over you.

If Penny can replicate his SDSU production, the Seahawks will welcome it. Penny led the nation in rushing last season with 2,248 yards and 23 touchdowns.

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Antonio Brown reminds Brandon Marshall that he owes him a Porsche

During the offseason leading up to the 2016 NFL season, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown made a bet that included lavish cars.

Brown was always showing off his Rolls Royces in his Snapchat story, and Marshall, unimpressed, showed off his Porsche, and made a bet over Instagram.

Marshall said that if Brown gets more receiving yards than him, he’d give Brown his Porsche. If Marshall finished on top, he’d get the Rolls Royce. As it stands today, Brown has 1,284 yards, and Marshall has 788. Unless Marshall goes off on Sunday with over 500 yards, this one’s gonna stand.

So, Brown reminded Marshall of the bet on Twitter, with the video Marshall had initially posted to Instagram:

Brown kindly gave Marshall an alternative, by saying that he could donate the car to Project 375, which is dedicated to promoting awareness for mental health, and was co-founded by Marshall.

That’s probably the way Marshall will go, which makes the bet even better, since it will be going for a great cause.

There’s no question that Brown had the upper hand on this one, with Ben Roethlisberger throwing to him as opposed to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, and Bryce Petty.

But, a bet is a bet.

Last week, in an uncharacteristic move, the Patriots and Gronkowski issued a joint statement saying the star tight end’s status would be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. But Gronkowski returned to practice Thursday and Friday and will apparently be ready to help the Patriots try to snap their two-game losing streak Sunday night. Gronkowski leads the Patriots with 931 receiving yards and is second on the team with 57 receptions.