As soon as Colt McCoy went down against the Eagles on Monday night, the question was brought up for the second time in a few weeks: Should the Redskins sign Colin Kaepernick?
Jay Gruden said on Tuesday that the team has discussed Kaepernick as a possible solution for the Redskins backup quarterback position, but will not sign him.
Gruden says Colin Kaepernick has been discussed by Redskins front office "for sure."— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 4, 2018
Jay Gruden on Colin Kaepernick: "He's been talked about and discussed but we will probably go a different direction."— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 4, 2018
Gruden says Redskins looked at "strictly football" reasons when discussing Colin Kaepernick— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 4, 2018
Mark Sanchez is currently the only healthy QB on Washington's roster. He'll need a backup for Sunday's game against the Giants, and the Redskins already brought in a collection of veteran free agent passers two weeks ago after Alex Smith went down, including E.J. Manuel, Josh Johnson and T.J. Yates.
Those players will be considered now for the backup spot, along with two new QBs, Landry Jones and Ryan Mallett, per a source with knowledge of the situation.
Gruden said that bringing Kaepernick in at this stage of the season would require too many offensive changes, including new run concepts and protection packages. The coach also said that the best fit for the Redskins now would be a QB familiar with his offensive system, and that could include previous stops in Cincinnati. Johnson would fit that bill.
As for Kaepernick, Gruden said that if the injuries piled up early in the season, the former 49ers passer would gave garnered greater consideration. At this point, however, in Week 13, there would be too much new installation for a QB that has been out of football nearly two years.
"We're 6-6 and we still have a lot to play for," Gruden said. "It's not like were 0-12."
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