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Former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds diplomatic on Kaepernick's anthem stand

Keenan Reynolds, the former Navy quarterback, was diplomatic when asked about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem before a preseason game Friday night.

Reynolds, the Ravens' sixth-round draft choice trying to make the team as a wide receiver and kick returner, said after Saturday's 30-9 preseason win there's a reason Kaepernick has the right to take such a stand.

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"Obviously, being in the military, I'm proud of that position, I'm proud of being able to defend the country, so humbled [by] other people that came before me and gave their lives so I can play on the field and run around and we can live freely in this country," Reynolds told ESPN after the game. "But like I said, that's his right, and he's going to do what he has to do."

Before the game Saturday night, all the Ravens and Lions stood for the national anthem.

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In late May, Reynolds and other service members who are trying to make professional sports teams, had their military service deferred by the Department of Defense.

Reynolds fielded one punt in the fourth quarter from the Lions' Devon Bell and returned it 12 yards. He faces an uphill battle to make the roster as some of the young Ravens receivers have stepped up their play this preseason and he's hardly seen the field.

Coach John Harbaugh, asked Thursday after practice about Reynolds' transition from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver, said this is all new for Reynolds.

"It's tough enough to go to another level at this level, even for first-round picks," Harbaugh said. "Yet, here he is going to a new level and playing a completely new position that he's never played before in his life.

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"I think it's pretty admirable, and it's pretty amazing he's playing as well as he is. That's understanding that he certainly has a ways to go. He knows that more than anybody, but it's pretty amazing what he has accomplished."

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