New York Giants vs Cleveland Browns 2017

Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr. left and

New York Giants vs Cleveland Browns 2017

With Cleveland driving, the Giants' defensive ends came up big.

Players from the Cleveland Browns held the NFL's largest national-anthem protest before a preseason game against the New York Giants on Monday night. With this perhaps being his last chance to strengthen his grip on Cleveland's starting quarterback job before the team's preseason "dress rehearsal" against Tampa Bay on Saturday, it'd be tough to argue Osweiler did just that.

Those who took a knee were tight end Seth DeValve, running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Chris Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running back Isaiah Crowell (who was not in uniform).

The protest was the largest so far in a movement started last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is now out of the NFL.

Colquitt, one of two white players in the group, also placed a hand over his heart.

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Jenkins, Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch have all protested for social justice by raising a fist, kneeling and sitting during the national anthem, respectively so far this preseason.

As the majority of the country spent their afternoon staring up at the sun, a handful of Cleveland Browns player spent their evening staring down at the ground.

Jackson said he respects and supports the right to peaceful protest, telling players "they should embrace the platform they have as National Football League players to improve our community and use their platform in a positive, thoughtful and responsible manner" before delving into the subject of doing so during the anthem specifically.

"The intent of my comments was not to discourage individual expression from our players in light of a cause that moves them to personal expression", Jackson said.

"I'm disheartened that I gave anyone that impression because I did not speak with enough clarity", Jackson added.

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