Posts Tagged ‘Colin Kaepernick’

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After a nightmare start to the season, some in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room are expecting Andy Dalton‘s head to be the next one to roll in Cincy.

Despite having the support of the front office, some of Dalton’s teammates, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, feel the signal-caller is already on a short leash.

If Dalton was indeed benched or cut, Florio reports that some Bengals players would favor an “off the board” fill-in like unsigned QB Colin Kaepernick.

While there has been zero indication from the team regarding an interest in Kaepernick’s services, back-to-back miserable offensive performances and nine total points scored over two weeks may have Bengals management considering new options under center.

Dalton has completed only 54.5 percent of his passes for 394 yards, four picks, and no touchdowns.

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Hank Aaron, the Atlanta Braves icon who endured vicious racism during his Hall of Fame career, is among those who think embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves a job in the NFL.

“I think he’s getting a raw deal,” Aaron said Wednesday in an interview with A TV One. “If you look at all the quarterbacks in the league right now, I think you have to say he is one, two, three, four. I don’t think anybody can do the things he could do. I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing.”

With just over two weeks left until the start of the NFL regular season, Kaepernick – whose on-field national anthem protests from a year ago sparked political tumult within the game – remains unemployed, leading many to speculate that the league’s owners are blackballing him. Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, put up solid numbers last season, after all, and still has the talent to be a starting quarterback, according to Aaron.

“The thing that bothers me about this whole situation is the fact that he is going to all these camps and nobody seems to think he stands a chance of being No. 1. This is a young player who almost carried a team to a championship, to a Super Bowl – but I was a Ravens fan.”

Last year, in his sixth season with the 49ers, Kaepernick posted his highest quarterback rating (90.7) since 2013, throwing for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games while completing 59.2 percent of his pass attempts. In March, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with San Francisco.

Though he remains out of work, Kaepernick’s protest movement – with black people and people of color being oppressed, he said, he refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem – has gained traction around the NFL of late. Last week, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat for the national anthem ahead of a preseason game in protest of racial inequality and police brutality, and a group of Cleveland Browns players kneeled in protest during the Star-Spangled Banner on Monday night.

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Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick used to battle for the San Francisco 49ers‘ starting quarterback job. Five years later, Smith is quarterbacking the Kansas City Chiefs, and he wonders why Kaepernick is unemployed.

“Crazy to think he’s not playing,” Smith said to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. “Yeah, that’s a crazy thing. As good as he was playing. Young, strong, I felt like he had a long career ahead of him. Crazy that at this point he’s out of a job. …

“A lot’s changed in those few years obviously since I’ve been gone and came here. Everything that’s gone on since, it’s not something I saw coming, knowing Kap.”

Smith and Kaepernick both started for the 49ers in 2012, but the year ended with Smith on the shelf with a concussion and Kaepernick leading the team to the Super Bowl. Smith was shipped off to the Chiefs a month later.

At the time, Kaepernick was thought to be the new breed of quarterback. Five years on, however, he’s a 29-year-old without a job.

“It’s hard for me to comment on it,” Smith said. “I don’t know. Lot going on in that landscape right now. Certainly when I was there, he was playing at a really, really high level, right? Had a lot in front of him as far as a career goes. He was playing really good football.”

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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will continue protesting against police brutality and racial inequality during the 2017 season.

Jenkins joined Colin Kaepernick‘s protest by raising his fist during the national anthem last season and also met with Congress to speak about criminal justice reform during the offseason.

Jenkins is the most vocal active player in trying to combat racial inequality, police brutality, and oppression towards African-Americans, releasing a statement Thursday to confirm his intentions, per ESPN’s Tim McManus:

Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no consequence. After spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it’s clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.

With the new call for a war on crime and drugs, the disproportionate oppression of poor communities and communities of color will continue unless legislative efforts and community engagement are made a priority. I’ve seen signs of life with regards to bipartisan support for criminal justice reform, but the support does not reflect the necessary urgency for real reform. This must be made a priority.

As the blowback against those who stand up for what is right thickens, I feel it is necessary to push forward with a relentless determination. I want to send a message that we will not easily be moved or deterred from fighting for justice. There are many players across the league who have joined me in working toward new legislation and reestablishing trust and opportunities in our communities, and you can expect to see much more of that. I want to thank the fans across the country who have supported me in this effort to fight for equality and justice. I want to thank those that have dedicated their lives to this fight, as I know that it is not easy. And I want to challenge those who stay silent to be courageous and use your platforms to become part of the solution. God Bless.

Jenkins recently called teams “cowards” for not signing Kaepernick, while a host of sub-par quarterbacks received contracts throughout the summer.

Amid one of the most contentious political regimes in U.S. history, Jenkins doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in trying to combat police brutality and racial inequality.

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Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement Wednesday denying a report that he wants to sign Colin Kaepernick but has faced resistance from team owner Steve Bisciotti.

“We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision. Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong,” Newsome stated.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh both support signing Kaepernick, but thus far Bisciotti won’t allow it.

Kaepernick has been linked to the Ravens following Joe Flacco‘s back injury, which is believed to be minor. He played under John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Colin Kaepernick may possibly be out of a job as a result of his on-field political protests, but at least one owner believes things would be different if he played another sport.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the free-agent quarterback’s protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” would’ve been embraced if he played in the NBA, saying that many basketball players have been supported by the league when voicing their political views.

“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Cuban told Rick Maese of The Washington Post. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.”

A number of NBA teams staged their own protests during last year’s preseason, linking arms with one another in solidarity during the American national anthem.

“The NBA is such a global game,” Cuban wrote in an email, as quoted by Maese. “I think our players exposure to different political systems among their teammates may help them appreciate our country even more and encourage their participation.”

While NBA commissioner Adam Silver has often been supportive when his players take public stands on social issues, he said prior to last year’s regular season that standing for the national anthem was “the appropriate thing to do.”

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Just like old times, Joe Montana and Steve Young have contradictory opinions.

While Montana believes fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s lack of employment is justified, his former teammate is startled to see the pass-thrower without a team.

“I’m surprised, even with the situation last year with the kneel-down during the national anthem, that people can’t see through that and see, here’s a good player that wants to play and is not toxic in the locker room,” Young told KNBR of Kaepernick, according to Daniel Mano of The Mercury News. “But he’s got to fit too. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it.

“If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet – that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”

Young understands teams’ potential skepticism of Kaepernick’s focus and says he would want to “look him in the eye” when discussing the quarterback’s commitment to football.

Kaepernick was briefly linked to the Seattle Seahawks this spring, but a contract was not reached. He has reportedly had no other interest from potential suitors.