Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly will have a workout Saturday, but it's unknown if anyone from the New England Patriots will attend.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked during his Wednesday press conference about someone from the team being present for the workout, and he wasn't sure if that was going to happen.
“That's something you can check with (Patriots director of player personnel) Nick (Caserio) on,” Belichick told reporters. “I’m not sure.”
This workout, which reportedly will include on-field drills and an interview, was created by the league seemingly out of nowhere.
Kap’s representatives were told that the NFL needed an answer “in two hours” if Kaepernick planned to go through with the workout. A lot of people had to rearrange their schedules. They thought it conflicted with college football scouting schedules and NFL Sunday game day prep— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) November 13, 2019
Kaepernick hasn't played for an NFL team since his final game with the San Francisco 49ers in January of 2017. It was during the 2016 season that he protested racial injustice in the United States by kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" before games. Kaepernick settled his collusion case against the NFL in February of this year.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter that this workout is really for teams that could be interested in signing Kaepernick for the 2020 season, not this year.
Great stuff from @wyche89, who said this workout, in part, is in response to teams calling the NFL and saying they wanted to work out Kaepernick more for a look next season, as opposed to right away. https://t.co/Zh3fYm8jui— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2019
Should the Patriots be interested in signing Kaepernick?
New England's outlook at quarterback beyond this season is unknown. Tom Brady is a free agent after the 2019 season, and if he does leave for another team or decides to retire, the Patriots will need another QB. Rookie Jarrett Stidham, who the Patriots selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, probably would take over as the starter if Brady's tenure in New England ended in the near future. In that scenario, maybe the Patriots could look at Kaepernick as a veteran backup.
Kaepernick was a mobile QB when he played and torched many defenses with his impressive ability to create big plays on the ground. The primary threat to the Patriots in the AFC probably is the Baltimore Ravens, whose quarterback is Lamar Jackson -- the league's best rushing quarterback. Bringing in Kaepernick could help the Patriots prepare for a potential rematch with Jackson in the playoffs because the 33-year-old veteran could help emulate the Ravens QB's skill set in practice. Kaepernick's offensive coordinator with the 49ers from 2011 through 2014 was Greg Roman, who is the Ravens' current OC with Jackson.
Still, it doesn't seem likely the Patriots would sign Kaepernick. However, that doesn't mean he won't find work in the near future. Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who left the Patriots' staff after last season, confirmed Wednesday his team will send someone to this weekend's workout.
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