UPDATE: Tavarres will NOT sit, according to his agent.
Williams: "As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles. His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 29, 2016
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At least one Eagles player will not be standing when the "The Star Spangled Banner" is played at Lincoln Financial Field this Thursday evening prior to Philadelphia's preseason game against the Jets. According to ESPN's Tim McManus, rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres will show support for Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit out the national anthem prior to the San Francisco 49ers game last week.
"We've got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up," Tavarres told ESPN. "We've got that right. There's just a lot going on that people don't want to talk about, and I feel like us as athletes, we're looked at as role models. And I feel like with Colin Kaepernick, he's doing a great job for standing up in what he believes in, and most people may not like that, but that's his opinion, he's entitled to it, and I respect him for doing it."
ESPN also notes Tavarres was one of a few players who spoke during an open forum held by Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on Monday.
Kaepernick's protest has obviously been a hot topic of discussion this week. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins showed support for Kaepernick's message but didn't feel the quarterback's method was the best choice.
The 23-year-old Tavarres signed with the Eagles earlier this offseason as an undrafted rookie free agent. Philadelphia gave him the second most guaranteed money of all 17 UDFAs they signed after the 2016 NFL Draft. He fights an uphill battle to make the final 53-man roster but could end up on the practice squad.