Eric Reid is changing his national anthem plans at a (not so) curious time.

The free agent safety made it known Thursday he will not protest during the anthem this upcoming season. Last week Reid questioned whether teams were avoiding him in free agency because he’s “protested systemic oppression” by kneeling for the anthem the past two seasons. In 2016, he did so beside quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has gone unsigned since opting out of his contract last March.

Reid said after his brother Justin’s pro day at Stanford that he will remain active in protesting injustice, but will take a different approach than doing it during the anthem.

“I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem, and I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative got changed that we were protesting the anthem,” Reid explained. “That wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

The Post reported this week the Giants were not (yet) sold on the hyped quarterback class, and with a furious rebuilding job that seems structured more to win now than win years from now, selecting a quarterback to groom with their jewel of a pick would seem off-schedule.

The other theorized top picks who would be in play at No. 2 would be running back Saquon Barkley and offensive guard Quenton Nelson. With teams jockeying for the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, a trade down also could be in play.

But by clearing Pierre-Paul from a defense that is shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher, the Giants suddenly have a large gap at defensive end opposite Olivier Vernon.

“I feel like I’m a top-five-caliber player,” Chubb, who recorded 10 sacks for the second consecutive season last year, recently told Sports Illustrated, “but if I get drafted seventh, eighth, it doesn’t matter to me.”
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The Giants have been watching him. Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was spotted at Chubb’s N.C. State Pro Day on Monday.

“Honor to meet you, Coach Belichick.”

According to Pro Football Focus, Guice forced seven missed tackles against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.

Third, that talent is constructed in a way that should be familiar to Patriots fans, and not in a good way. The Eagles bear a striking resemblance to the 2011 Giants team that upended the Pats in Indianapolis.

On a text thread with a couple of friends during the Eagles game, we were debating whether not Philly could trade Carson Wentz or if he was losing money on his second contract with every big Foles completion. I think we were joking? I was joking. But Foles has a history of doing some good things, both small and big sample size, in the NFL.

After sitting atop my quarterback rankings for the vast majority of the season, a brutal game at home against Kansas State sunk Rudolph to No. 2, just behind Lamar Jackson, as bowl season approached. Following a masterful 351-yard, two-touchdown, zero-interception performance against Virginia Tech, he regains the No. 1 quarterback spot.

Clockwork for him. On the season, Guice had four games with at least five forced missed tackles. One can reasonably argue that Guice is more impressive than Barkley between the tackles, and he’s probably more powerful through tackles. He just lacks elite long speed.

The Jets stayed put and had their choice of Adams or Lattimore, the draft’s top cornerback. They went with Adams, who was well worth the No. 6 selection. Should they have gone the QB route and taken Watson or Mahomes? Perhaps. But a case could be made that neither was worth the No. 6 pick.

Eric Reid, who has taken over the 49ers’ leadership on the matter since Kaepernick became a free agent, has promised that the team will continue to be out front on the issue. He and his teammates have, he says, the backing of owner Jed York, who has “expressed very clearly that he wants to support us,” Reid said. “That he’s not going to force us to do anything. Speaking for our team, that’s what he’s told me explicitly.”chargers_042