With no rule in place to force players to stand, there will be no official league punishment for players that protest. However, many teams may have their own guidelines in place to discourage protests.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that he would make sure players who disrespect the flag won’t play. But other owners, like Jed York of the 49ers, has supported the activist efforts of players on his team.
Some players, including Michael Bennett and Eric Reid, said they will continue to protest. We’ll keep you updated about demonstrations around the NFL with details as they come along.
Buffalo also won last week on the strength of its offense, a departure from its early identity of relying on tough defense. In the Bills’ 30-27 squeaker over Tampa Bay, quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and ran for 53, while running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 91 yards and his first two touchdowns of the year.
Whatever that means.
Bowles, as he usual does, put things more succinctly. When asked what the Jets have to do this week, he said: Just finish and play mistake-free football.
Asked if that was easier said than done, he responded: Always.
Only once before in his career had Taylor thrown for 250 yards or more in a game his team won. He spiced it up by finding former Virginia Tech teammate Logan Thomas, who came into the NFL as a quarterback and has switched to tight end, for a 22-yard touchdown pass.