Bucs WR Evans sits for anthem to protest election of Trump

Bucs WR Evans sits for anthem to protest election of Trump

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans says he's "not big on politics." He is disheartened by the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.

The third-year pro said he sat during the national anthem before Sunday's game between the Buccaneers and Chicago Bears because he feels electing a reality television star to the highest office in the nation is "not a good look for America."

"I don't want to disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women that serve this country, I'm forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I'm not going to stand for that," Evans said.

"I told myself, 'If this character' — I'm not big on politics or things like that — but I told myself, 'If this happens, then America is not right right now,'" Tampa Bay's leading receiver added. "I said it a long time ago. When he ran I thought it was a joke. The joke continues."

The Buccaneers did not have an immediate comment on the protest.

Evans had four catches for 66 yards against the Bears. He entered Sunday leading the league in touchdown receptions with eight.

Evans said he'll continue to sit for the anthem as long as Trump is President-elect.

"I'm not a political person that much, but I have common sense," he said. "And I know when something is not right."

Evans reiterated that his protest was because of who Trump is, not the Republican or Democratic parties.

"It's well documented what he's done," Evans said. "I'm not going to stand for something I don't believe in. That's the end of that."

49ers promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

49ers promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

SANTA CLARA  — The 49ers have promoted running Matthew Dayes to the active roster and have waived defensive back Tyvis Powell heading into their Monday night game facing the New York Giants.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco earlier on Monday that Dayes would be added to the active roster.

Dayes will be the team’s third running back behind Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. Jeff Wilson was the other candidate from the practice squad available to be promoted. 

When the team lost running back Raheem Mostert to a season-ending injury, they also lost a valuable special teams contributor. Dayes provides some support in that area. 

Dayes (5-foot-9, 205 pounds) returned 18 kickoffs for 437 yards in his rookie season with the Browns. He appeared in 16 games, carried five times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards last season.

Dayes was a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns last year from North Carolina State, where he rushed for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Trent Taylor ready for prime time after missing 49ers' two national TV games

Trent Taylor ready for prime time after missing 49ers' two national TV games

SANTA CLARA -- Trent Taylor has felt the disappointment of sitting out two prime-time games this season. But the 49ers wide receiver has turned it into motivation.

Taylor's back surgery was downplayed as a minor procedure when it was announced during the offseason. He believed he'd be back to full strength more quickly, but it's been more of a challenge than he anticipated. He was inactive in Week 6 (Monday Night Football against the Packers) and in Week 9 (Thursday Night Football against the Raiders) as he rounds back into form.

“I felt like as soon as I got back to running that it would all just come back and it’d be all good," Taylor said ahead of Monday night's 49ers-Giants game at Levi's Stadium. "I felt good when I first came back, but it was sustaining that throughout the season is what’s been harder than I expected. Sadly, it’s just taken a little longer than I wanted.”

Finally, 10 weeks into the season, Taylor is feeling more like himself. He has been less productive -- he has just 18 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown in his seven games played -- but he had a solid rookie season in 2017, with 43 grabs for 430 yards and two scores.

Taylor never pictured himself missing games and explained doing so has been mentally challenging.

“It’s been tough sitting out any game I’ve sat out this year,” he said. “Especially the two prime-time games I’ve had to sit out. It’s tough to sit out of any game, but when you know it’s a prime-time game, and the whole country is watching, it just makes you want to be out there that much more.

“It’s kind of hard to watch, but those are the feelings you have to take in, and you have to remember. When you’re in your training, you have to remember and go back to those feelings that you had. Just remember what you’re working for.”

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Taylor will have a chance to re-establish himself as a staple of the 49ers' offense Monday against the Giants with Pierre Garçon ruled out with a knee injury. Taylor prepared all week knowing that playing in this game was a possibility.

“The more you know, if you know every position,” Taylor said, “the more comfortable they are putting you out there wherever they might need you. So, I’ve been doing a lot of studying on that position and my regular slot position as well.”

Taylor said 49ers coaches have given him practice reps at Garçon’s Z position, as well as in his usual slot position, just to get a feel for it. Taylor is willing to play anywhere the staff decides.

“I like to play football,” Taylor said. “Any chance I can get out there to go out and play, I’m down with it."