The national debate about anthem protests, patriotism and unity revolving around the NFL and its players was back on vivid display here Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
In the backcourt, Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is questionable, but Andrew Harrison (shoulder) is probable and could get more minutes than usual if Chalmers sits. Wayne Selden (available in 99.5 percent of leagues) took advantage of the extra opportunity on Saturday, popping for 31 points (11-16 FG, 4-4 FT), 5 3-pointers, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 TO in 26.4 minutes of action.
Duke Johnson, RB, Browns: So he was either chosen as a handcuff to Isaiah Crowell, or in the more likely scenario, was taken at that point in the draft where most owners are just hoping to acquire production. Crowell owners have to be disappointed (ADP of 38) following a delightful 2016 season that saw him nearly eclipse the 1,000-yard mark while hauling in 40 receptions for 319 yards. Instead, Johnson has emerged, tallying at least 60 yards from scrimmage the past three weeks.
In Weeks 3 and 4, Johnson has only six carries but two touchdowns; his real emergence this season has been as a receiver with 20 receptions for 207 yards. Some pundits are really smitten with Johnson.
“Flag and country first. Football second,” said Rose, adding that he is a Baltimore County police officer. “I’m here. I have season tickets. I called the Ravens and I asked them. I said, ‘Is anybody gonna take a knee this week?’ They said they’re not announcing what the Ravens are doing. I said, ‘Well, this will be the last game I go to if someone takes a knee.’ I’m gonna wear my flag stuff, show my support for the country, support for the flag. I do have my Ravens jersey on, in case no one does.”
Rose said he has family members who are in the military and who are fellow police officers. He’s “all right” if players want to protest, he said, but they should “get in their Hummers, get in their Bentleys” and do it elsewhere.