The Philadelphia Eagles recently cut Chase Daniel and signed Nick Foles, but why not consider Colin Kaepernick?
No, this isn’t a politically motivated post. As the 2017 NFL Draft nears, the Philadelphia Eagles recently made a change at quarterback. Carson Wentz is entrenched as the starter, but it appears the team wasn’t satisfied with Chase Daniel’s performance. The signing of Nick Foles suggests that the Eagles are not totally confident in their backup quarterbacks.
Enter Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who former Eagles great Ron Jaworski said could become elite. The quarterback was close to winning a Super Bowl, but since Jim Harbough’s departure, things have taken a nosedive.
What’s the word?
I’m not affirming or denying the validity in Sherman’s statement. The idea that one of the best players in the league said this about a former rival invokes thought. What else is concerning is that other players have received deals and starting opportunities amid actual crimes of brutality. What does this say about the league’s ownership? Taking offense to a national rebellion to the country’s fundamentals is totally understandable. The men and women that serve this country are what allows it, and its people, to be great. And yet, Kaepernick has yet to receive as much as an invitation to workout for a team.
What the numbers say
What many people don’t realize is that Kaepernick tossed 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions last year. Kaepernick also added two rushing touchdowns and 468 rushing yards. Although he wasn’t able to notch many victories, he displayed a capacity to perform efficiently. To this point in his career, Kaep has accumulated 12,271 passing yards, 85 touchdowns (72 passing, 13 rushing), and 2,300 rushing yards. He has seen success in the postseason as well.
Is Kaepernack a realistic option? Not exactly at this point. But Kaep does have a higher ceiling than Foles. Kaepernick has won and played a high level previously and could be a strong backup for Wentz not only now, but moving forward. Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich was a backup for Jim Kelly for years. When Kelly went down in the AFC Championship against Warren Moon, Reich stood up and led the team to victory. Maybe, it warrants more thought than we realize.