Billy Turner has always taken a keen interest in his hometown. The Green Bay Packers guard grew up a few hours west in Minneapolis, and over the years he has been a part of many charitable and community outreach activities in the Twin Cities.
Now, with that area being at the heart of the recent protests against systemic racism and police brutality, Turner’s emotions are understandably running high. This week, he spoke to the media and to his teammates about the situation around the country and about his connection to it in his hometown.
Meanwhile, as tensions continue to flare around the country, it is important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. That situation is still affecting all major sports in North America, but the NFL appears to have resigned itself to not having any in-person activities before training camp starts. That means there will likely be no minicamps, as a plan from last week suggested, and teams will be forced to remain in their home facilities when training camp does arrive.
As always, remember to stay respectful in the comments if discussing recent events.
Inbox: I wish we all could have been in that meeting | Packers.com
In this week's mailbag, Wes Hodkiewicz calls to attention a virtual address that Turner and Yosh Nijman gave to the offensive line group, one that Corey Linsley tweeted about this week. It would have been great to hear what those players had to say, but for Turner, we probably can get an idea.
Packers’ Billy Turner, a Minneapolis native, on his emotions and advice – The Athletic (subscription required)
Turner spoke to The Athletic at length this week about his roots in Minneapolis and his pain at seeing his hometown in the midst of the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests. Turner goes in depth about his feelings and does discuss what he said to the offensive line group in their meeting.
NFL players not expected to return to team facilities until training camp | ESPN
The idea of holding a minicamp in June appears to be gone, and the NFL issued a memo this week saying that teams must hold their training camps at their team facilities instead of elsewhere.
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Peter King ranks the Packers 12th and misspells the names of two of the team's wide receivers.
Aaron Rodgers excited to get WR Equanimeous St. Brown back from injury | Packers Wire
EQ's name is one that King got right, but it's also one on the mind of the Packers' quarterback. Rodgers says "it will be fun to see him healthy" and this writer is still a believer in the Notre Dame product.
Woman accused of hijacking security vehicle; 2 cruisers end up in Lake Junaluska | WLOS
In a rural area near Asheville, North Carolina, a woman stole a security vehicle, drove around erratically, then was pushed into a lake by a sheriff's deputy whose car also ended up in the lake. Fun stuff!