Colin Kaepernick is taking one more chance at earning a roster spot in the NFL. This Saturday, November 16, Kaepernick is going to hold an on-field workout and an interview session for NFL teams to attend. All 32 teams have been invited, and a video of the event will be made available to all teams as well, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
NFL fans on social media have been throwing around potential fits for Colin Kaepernick all day, and other articles like this one have been released speculating who should take an interest in Kaepernick’s workout this Saturday. But many of these speculations are looking at things the wrong way.
A team like the Chicago Bears is clearly going down with the Mitchell Trubisky ship, and isn’t going to turn the starting job over to Colin Kaepernick after three years out of the league. The Detroit Lions may have a need for a quarterback if Matthew Stafford is out for an extended period, but given that their season isn’t going anywhere, replacing Jeff Driskel at backup isn’t a pressing need.
The teams that really need to give Colin Kaepernick a good, honest look are those that are in playoff contention without a reliable backup quarterback. Kaepernick’s playoff experience and game management skills could be a huge asset to a team should their starter go down. Here are four potential fits that should send representatives to this workout on Saturday.
The Indianapolis Colts (5-4 Record)
If you give away a game at home when facing the Miami Dolphins, you probably shouldn’t be the backup quarterback on a competitive team. That’s exactly what Brian Hoyer did last Sunday in relief of Jacoby Brissett, completing 46.2% of his passes and throwing three interceptions in a 16-12 loss to the Dolphins.
Indianapolis has been extremely competitive with Brissett under center this season. They need a better insurance policy for if this leg injury continues to linger.
The Buffalo Bills (6-3 Record)
Josh Allen’s 67 rushing attempts are the second-most in the NFL by a quarterback behind only Lamar Jackson’s 106. Jackson has two mobile quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III and rookie Trace McSorley backing him up. Josh Allen has only Matt Barkley, a quarterback with a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 10-to-19 and the mobility of a statue with 15 rushing attempts for -2 yards in his career.
This Bills defense is good enough to compete for a championship. It’s hard to believe that Kaepernick, with his 2300 career rushing yards and 72-to-30 TD-to-INT ratio, wouldn’t give Buffalo a better chance to stay in the mix than Barkley does.
The Houston Texans (6-3 Record)
Deshaun Watson is having an incredible season, and the Texans won’t have much of a shot at doing damage this postseason if he misses any extended period of time. But like Josh Allen, he is a mobile quarterback that is being backed up by a mediocre, immobile quarterback in AJ McCarron. Again, Kaepernick is probably a better fit for this offense, if needed in a pinch.
The Carolina Panthers (5-4 Record)
With Cam Newton out for the remainder of the season due to his foot injury, the Carolina Panthers don’t have a viable backup to Kyle Allen in Will Grier, who is considered by the team to be a long-term project. Colin Kaepernick could be a good option for this season and beyond, should Cam Newton not return to the Panthers.
And keep in mind that the Panthers signed Kaepernick’s friend and former teammate Eric Reid last season and have had no issue with him kneeling during the national anthem. What better team to accept both Kaepernick and his mission?
NFL fans know that this workout isn’t likely to amount to anything for Colin Kaepernick, but many are hoping to be wrong and that the 32-year-old gets one more shot in the league.