FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis, one of 13 players who met with team owners Tuesday to discuss social issues, said Wednesday that player protests during the national anthem could end soon.
"I do think we're very near a time where the protests will end and athletes and owners will be at the forefront of social change for our country in a positive manner," Davis said.
Davis spoke to reporters after practice, announcing that he'd give a statement but wouldn't take questions. Tackle Kelvin Beachum, who also attended the meeting, declined to say anything, referring reporters to the joint statement released by the NFL and NFL Players Association.
"I would say the talks were very productive," Davis said. "It's encouraging to me as an athlete to see so many athletes and owners so concerned about our country and pushing in the right direction. We have a tremendous platform in the NFL. To whom much is given, much is required. That's why we simply just can't play football.
"We have to help push our country in the right direction, and it's encouraging to see the owners and the athletes wanting to do that," he continued. "I think that we're working together very hard to do that. The thing I see is our owners and players have a tremendous love for our country. That's neat to see."