With the NFL's new anthem policy in place for next season, the question most NFL beat writers are asking their respective teams is what will the players do now that fines are dished out for kneeling?
The Jets didn't have anyone kneel in the past two seasons, but instead, the team was seen locking arms during the national anthem. That sign of unity included acting owner Christopher Johnson, who has been outspoken about discussing racial and social issues with his players.
Jets LT Kelvin Beachum believes the team will do the exact same thing when the anthem plays next season.
"Yeah, most likely," he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "At the end of the day, we as a team committed to do things in the community. Our way of showing unity is doing what we've done in the past, and we'll probably continue doing it this year."
The Jets had a collective meeting last season to gauge what everyone wanted to do amidst the protests. Beachum thinks the team will do that again, but overall, he called the new policy "disappointing" just as WR Jermaine Kearse did as well.
"Me personally, I think they're kind of missing the point," Kearse said. "For us, as a team, nobody on our team kneeled. Yet that doesn't mean we don't support the causes of why people are kneeling."
Johnson has already said that he will pay any fines that the NFL dishes out if his players decide to publically protest. He also said that he wouldn't be fining his own players for protests, which is something NFL owners are allowed to do on top of the NFL fine.