New York Jets have made a commitment to Colin Kaepernick
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
The New York Jets have made a commitment to Colin Kaepernick ahead of his workout. Here are all the details and what it all means.
The New York Jets have made a surprising commitment to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The green and white will be 1 of 11 teams that have already committed to attending the NFL scheduled workout in Atlanta for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Here is the full list of NFL teams:
- Arizona Cardinals
- Atlanta Falcons
- Cleveland Browns
- Denver Broncos
- Detroit Lions
- Miami Dolphins
- New England Patriots
- New York Giants
- New York Jets
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Washington Redskins
NFL said 11 teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, NY Giants, NY Jets, Tampa Bay, Washington — already have committed to attend the Saturday workout that the league scheduled for Colin Kaepernick, “and it’s only Thursday”, per the league.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2019
The New York Jets already have their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, but they could certainly use an upgrade at the backup spot.
This season alone the team has rolled out Luke Falk, David Fales, and Trevor Siemian. Across the league, there’s been a wide array of quarterback injuries that have put a spotlight on the backup quarterback position as a whole in the NFL.
Every NFL team carries at least two quarterbacks, this means that there are at least 64 quarterbacks in the league, you’re telling me that Colin Kaepernick isn’t one of the ‘best’ 64 quarterbacks on the planet?
Colin hasn’t played a snap of football since 2016 when he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
Kaepernick in six seasons has thrown for 12,271 passing yards, has 72 passing touchdowns to just 30 interceptions. On top of his ability passing the football, he also adds a dynamic rushing presence. Colin has added 2,300 rushing yards, on 6.1 yards per clip, and 13 rushing touchdowns.
On top of his statistical production, he nearly won the 49ers a Super Bowl championship back in 2013.
While that was a long time ago, he’s reportedly kept himself in phenomenal shape. He last played in the league when he was 29 years old, it’s been three years, he’s now 32.
Some players have skipped a year then returned to the NFL, sometimes two years and then returned, but rarely have we seen players leave the game for three years and make a return to the gridiron.
The New York Jets have absolutely nothing to lose by attending this workout. If he lights it up and interviews well, the Jets can improve their quarterback room. If he looks rusty, the Jets can pass on him for another veteran option. It’s a win-win.