Malcolm Jenkins: NFL owners are 'cowards' for reservation to sign Colin Kaepernick

Malcolm Jenkins: NFL owners are 'cowards' for reservation to sign Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is still without an NFL job.

And Malcolm Jenkins isn't buying one bit of it being about the quarterback's talent level. In fact, Jenkins expressed his reasoning quite clearly on Thursday.

"This is just some other teams being, quite honestly, cowards, to say that they're afraid of backlash to sign someone to make their team better when fans' input has never been in the equation when it comes to signing people in the past," the Eagles' safety said to DelawareOnline.com's Martin Frank.

"It's certain owners' way of making an example out of [Kaepernick] to discourage anybody else from doing what he did."

Last season, Kaepernick raised eyebrows and made national headlines by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. Now a free agent, Kaepernick seems to be drawing little interest from NFL teams as training camps pick up. One team that has shown interest is the Ravens, but according to a report by ESPN's Dianna Russini, it's been curtailed by resistance from Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti.

"We're sensitive to it, we're monitoring it, and we're trying to figure out what's the right tact," Bisciotti said last week, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.‏ "So pray for us."

In 2016 with the 49ers, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions over 12 games. He also rushed for 468 yards and two scores. In 2012, he helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl in which they lost to the Ravens, 34-31.

Jenkins, who has openly supported and discussed Kaepernick dating back to last season when the protests gained steam, is disappointed in the NFL.

"That message, to me, is loud and clear from owners as to where their priorities stand and how they go about picking and choosing who they want on their teams," he said. "It's definitely unfortunate, but it's shining a light on just how the NFL operates and what we deem as acceptable. It really has nothing to do with what's right or wrong, but what affects dollars. That's business as usual, but I think it's an unfortunate precedent to set."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday said he doesn't believe Kaepernick is being blackballed for his actions last season.

"No, teams make decisions [based] on what's in the best interest of their team … and they make those decisions individually," Goodell said.

Suffice it to say Jenkins doesn't agree.

"Four months ago, there was a debate as to whether [Kaepernick] is talented enough or whatever," Jenkins said. "I think at this point in time when you look at the quarterbacks who have jobs around the league, and the amount of owners and GMs who have only spoken of what fans would think about his stance. I think it's safe to throw out that talent argument, and basically focus on the fact that he doesn't have a job solely because he didn't stand for the anthem last year, even though he already expressed that he planned on standing this year."

Eagles might face Colt McCoy in important Week 17 matchup

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Eagles might face Colt McCoy in important Week 17 matchup

The Eagles have their hands full this weekend with the Houston Texans, but that Week 17 matchup against Washington just got a little more interesting. 

Because not only is there a good chance that game could be for a playoff berth, but it also looks like the Redskins might have Colt McCoy back. 

You’ll remember that McCoy broke his fibula against the Eagles at the Linc on Dec. 3, but there’s a chance he’ll be able to play in Week 17 at FedEx Field. 

According to our friends down at NBC Sports Washington, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked the odds of McCoy’s return for Week 17 on a scale of 1-10. 

“I’d say 10 for Colt,” Gruden said. “That’s just my opinion. I just think Colt’s a crazy dude.” 

Gruden also said it wouldn’t surprise him either way and Washington won’t force him back into the lineup if he’s not ready. Ultimately, it will be the doctors’ call. It would be pretty impressive if McCoy missed just three full games after breaking a fibula, but it looks like there’s a chance. 

McCoy, of course, took over at quarterback when starter Alex Smith suffered a gruesome injury back in November. Since McCoy went down, the Redskins already tried Mark Sanchez and are now on QB No. 4 for the season in Josh Johnson, who led them to a 16-13 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. In that game, Johnson completed 16 of 25 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. 

Including the Texans game when Smith got hurt, the Redskins are 1-4 since Smith’s injury. 

In the game against the Eagles, McCoy was 4 for 4 with 50 passing yards before he broke his fibula and had to leave. The previous week, he threw for two touchdowns and three interceptions in a two-point loss to the Cowboys. 

If nothing else, McCoy knows Jay Gruden’s offense much better than Johnson. McCoy has been in Washington since 2014, Gruden’s first year as head coach. 

Right now, the Eagles and Redskins both have a 7-7 record. Both would need Minnesota to lose to jump the Vikings in the wild-card race. If the Vikings lose this weekend at Detroit and the Eagles and Redskins win this weekend, that Week 17 matchup would be for a playoff berth.

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The son of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison received an offer from Penn State

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The son of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison received an offer from Penn State

Penn State fans, you could soon be cheering for the son of an NFL legend. Marvin Harrison Jr., son of the Hall of Fame wide receiver with the same name, picked up an offer from Penn State this week.

Harrison is only a sophomore, but he’s already turning heads at St. Joseph’s Prep, who he helped win the recent PIAA Class 6A state title. Harrison, who measures in at 6-foot-3, is ranked as the top wide receiver in the state for the class of 2021 and is third in the nation, according to 247Sports.

Penn State will have some tough competition for the pass-catcher as Harrison Jr. already has offers from Syracuse, his father’s alma mater, and Florida, but the Nittany Lions might have an ace up their sleeve. Kyle McCord, Harrison’s QB at St. Joseph’s Prep and one of the top signal callers in the nation, has a PSU offer, too. He looked especially excited for Harrison to receive his.

It might be an even more exciting time for Penn State fans and coach James Franklin because there’s even more big name offspring both headed to Happy Valley and potentially headed there. Former Steelers star Joey Porter’s son, Joey Porter Jr., has already committed to Penn State. The son of Eagles legend Jeremiah Trotter, Jeremiah Trotter Jr., has some big name offers already, and may see one from Franklin soon enough.

While things didn’t necessarily go the Nittany Lions' way this season, the future looks bright with. A ton of familiar names could be making the fans at Beaver Stadium jump.