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.”
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.”