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Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills vacationed this offseason in Africa Natrell Jamerson Color Rush Jersey , led several teammates on a training trip to Nebraska and returned to find the NFL's national anthem debate again at peak volume.

"We've got to clean up how things are looking," Stills said following the Dolphins' first training camp practice Thursday.

The sixth-year pro is part of the debate because he kneeled during the anthem the past two seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest.

Stills would prefer the league had no anthem policy so players could do as they wished, and said he'll wait until a policy is set to decide what he'll do during the anthem this season.

"At some point before the season starts, the league and the players association are going to come to an agreement," he said. "And at that point I'll have a better idea what I'll be doing."

Last week the league and union issued a joint statement saying the two sides are still working on a resolution. Their statement came hours after The Associated Press reported Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued last week.

The Dolphins subsequently issued a statement saying all options regarding the team's policy remain open.

On Thursday, coach Adam Gase said he doubted a Miami player would be suspended for protesting during the anthem.

"I mean, if anybody knew actual rules in the NFL, good luck suspending somebody," Gase said. "It takes about 5,000 things before anybody can get suspended by a club."

Gase said he doesn't see anthem issue as potentially divisive for his team.

"I think they do a good job of when issues come up, they get together and hammer it out," Gase said. "These guys aren't shy about speaking up. They've done a good job of making sure, as a group Youth Adrian Clayborn Jersey , they talk through things."

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey also plans to continue protesting, but wants people to quit seeing this as an anthem issue. The Tennessee Titans lineman said he will continue protesting by raising his fist at the end of the anthem.

"The biggest thing that we have right now is the way the justice system is set up for minorities," said Casey, whose wife is an attorney. "And that's just what the whole battle is about, trying to bring light to enlighten the things that's going on around the minority community."

The league hasn't been able to reach an agreement. On Wednesday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he'll insist his players stand for the anthem.

Stills' reaction to Jones' comments?

"I wouldn't expect anything different," Stills said.

Stills said he hadn't spoken much with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross about the issue since last year. Ross didn't attend the first day of training camp.

Stills tuned out the anthem debate this offseason by traveling to Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park and Cape Town, where he learned about African culture, went on safaris and tried bungee jumping. More recently, he spent time in Lincoln, Nebraska, with other Dolphins wideouts and a receivers coach he has known since he was in the 10th grade.

"The anthem stuff was becoming a really quiet Youth Jerome Baker Jersey , quiet topic," Stills said.

No more. Defensive end Robert Quinn, who protested during the anthem while with the Rams last year, was asked following his first Dolphins practice what the league should do about a policy.

"I'll just say one thing: It's called freedom of speech," he said. "Simple as that."

Quinn, Stills and others have been targets of criticism for their protests, which they believe have been misconstrued as unpatriotic.

But Stills was nominated by teammates last year for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, a reflection of his standing in locker room. His latest community project is with the nationwide OK Program, which mentors young black men.

"I think I've done a good job of trying to figure out ways to continue to use my voice and platform for the right things," Stills said, "and put the messaging back in the right direction."

The additions of new coach Pat Shurmur and No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley didn't provide a quick fix for the New York Giants' offense.

The 20-10 loss to the Cleveland Brown in the preseason opener Thursday night at MetLife Stadium was somewhat disappointing, at least based on the statistics.

The offense generated 10 points, with the lone touchdown being set up in the third quarter by a recovery of a fumbled punt at the Browns 14 by Zak DeOssie. Aldrick Rosas' 42-yard field goal on the opening drive was ignited by a 39-yard run by Barkley on the first play from scrimmage. The drive was kept alive by an unsportsmanlike penalty on Cleveland rookie Denzel Ward after a third-down incompletion.

Despite gaining 310 yards Roquan Smith Jersey , including 134 rushing, the offense didn't make enough plays. It was 4 of 17 on third downs. The quarterbacks were 22 of 45 for 193 yards. No drive lasted longer than eight plays.

There are excuses. Coming off ankle surgery, star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. didn't play. Tight end Evan Engram was not targeted. Eli Manning played two series and Barkley had five carries for 43 yards.

It should get better, but it didn't look good in the preseason opener. It was much like 2017 when New York scored 246 points, its fewest since 2003.

Shurmur said Friday the quarterbacks need to complete more passes to create more manageable third-downs. He said he was not concerned with most of the runs averaging roughly 2.4 yards because there were explosive plays that gained more than 10 yards.

"We didn't score enough points," said Shurmur, who was the offensive coordinator of the Vikings' high-powered offense last season before being named to replace Ben McAdoo. "That's always what I would point to, but there are reasons for that in preseason games. Yeah, you want to score more points than your opponent, but you can dive into statistics like you did sometimes, and make it sound like you won."

The revamped offensive line, led by free agent acquisition Nate Solder at left tackle, was on the field for two series. It opened a hole Barkley's big run Authentic Mike McGlinchey Jersey , but there was a communication breakdown on the second series that led to a third-down sack of Manning (4 of 7 for 26 yards).

"There's always going to be a lot to improve on," Manning said. "That's why you play the preseason games. New offense, a lot of new pieces. I think every series, every play is important to learn from. We got to look at the film hard. There's a lot of places we can improve. Some of it is just making plays, but also just fundamentals, and just make sure we're doing the little things correctly."

Backup quarterback Davis Webb struggled, hitting 9 of 22 passes for 70 yards. Many of his passes were just too high.

"I missed far too many, but at the same time I'm going to get better from it," said last year's third-round draft pick who didn't play in a regular season game as a rookie. "I'm not too worried about it. I'm going to learn from it and get better for next week."

The new 3-4 defense was outstanding against the run, limiting Cleveland to 50 yards on 33 carries. Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield had two as the Browns threw for 333 yards.

NOTES: Shurmur said S Darian Thompson sustained a hamstring injury, DL Kristjan Sokoli had an undisclosed knee injury and LB Jordan Williams is in the concussion protocol. ... Shurmur said the battle for the safety spot opposite Landon Collins was no clearer.


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