The NFL-arranged exercise for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, an occasion that on the league’s half appears disingenuous at finest and a complete sham at worst, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16 in Atlanta. That’s, after all, assuming the exercise doesn’t collapse earlier than Three p.m. ET Saturday, its scheduled begin time.
A number of experiences earlier within the week indicated Kaepernick might drop out of the Saturday exercise resulting from developments which have given the 32-year-old QB and his representatives pause.
For one, the NFL reportedly introduced the exercise as a take-it-or-leave-it supply, catching Kaepernick off guard and refusing to reschedule the occasion upon the QB’s request. Additionally, ESPN experiences it is “extraordinarily unlikely that any head coach or GM whose crew performs on Sunday or Monday will make the journey,” and Kaepernick beforehand had tweeted he “cannot wait to see the pinnacle coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
I’m simply getting phrase from my representatives that the NFL league workplace reached out to them a few exercise in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in form and prepared for this for Three years, can’t wait to see the pinnacle coaches and GMs on Saturday.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019
A Yahoo Sports activities report Friday morning declared the exercise will go on as deliberate, citing sources.
If you happen to’re questioning why the NFL randomly supplied Kaepernick this chance to work out in entrance of crew reps 11 weeks into the 2019 NFL season and nearly three years after the QB final performed a down within the league, you are not alone. The NFL has not supplied its reasoning, and theories pertaining to the league’s motivation are wide-ranging. Even some NFL groups reportedly are confused by the league’s transfer.
Some are calling the Kaepernick exercise a disingenuous public relations stunt: Hey, we did our half. Do not blame us for his unemployment. ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes there’s “part of” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that “feels unhealthy” about Kaepernick evidently getting blackballed from the league. NBC Sports activities’ Dan Patrick was advised Goodell felt pressured into scheduling the exercise. Professional Soccer Speak’s Mike Florio suspects NFL attorneys concern a lawsuit from Kaepernick. ESPN’s Dan Graziano says the NFL is uninterested in groups reaching out about Kaepernick’s standing.
Kaepernick, who in 2016 started kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem earlier than 49ers video games in protest of systemic racial oppression, has stated for years he’s desirous to return to the NFL and play for a crew. Ever since San Francisco let him go in 2017, these groups have been free to check out and/or signal him however haven’t. Consequently, Kaepernick was a part of a collusion grievance filed towards the NFL that was settled earlier this yr.
You already know that background. Under is all you should know concerning the puzzling exercise the NFL apparently dropped in Kaepernick’s lap out of nowhere.
When and the place is Colin Kaepernick’s exercise?
Kaepernick is scheduled to work out in entrance of NFL crew representatives Saturday, Nov. 16 on the Atlanta Falcons’ facility in Flowery Department, Ga.
Under is the total schedule for the exercise, per NFL Media.
- Three p.m. ET — Occasion begins
- 3:15 p.m. ET — Interview
- 3:30 p.m. ET — Measurements, stretching, warmups
- 3:50 p.m. ET — Timing, testing
- 4:15 p.m. ET — QB drills
The NFL introduced former NFL coach Hue Jackson would lead the drills, and former NFL coach Joe Philbin can be in attendance, too.
When he was advised concerning the NFL’s exercise supply and reportedly given simply two hours to simply accept, Kaepernick requested that the occasion be moved to both a Tuesday or a later Saturday. He felt groups weren’t given correct discover and feared already-set journey plans would prohibit attendance from coaches or GMs who could be legitimately . A Tuesday would have been ultimate since that usually is the day when groups work out veterans they’re contemplating signing.
The NFL reportedly stated no.
Per ESPN: “The NFL wished to have the exercise at an NFL crew facility, and it did not suppose a crew would need to open its facility to the opposite 31 groups on a Tuesday or every other day when it will be going via its regular sport preparation. The league decided that it might use the Falcons’ facility on Saturday afternoon, after the Falcons had left for his or her Sunday sport in Carolina.”
NFL groups attending
Under is an inventory of groups that will attend — or at the very least declare they’re planning to attend — Kaepernick’s exercise outdoors Atlanta on Saturday primarily based on media experiences.
On Thursday, the NFL launched an inventory of groups that had formally dedicated to attend Kaepernick’s exercise.
“We’re trying ahead to Saturday’s exercise with Colin. Eleven groups — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington — have already dedicated to attend, and it is solely Thursday.
“With two days remaining till the exercise, we anticipate further groups to commit.”
UPDATE: Certainly, it seems extra groups are planning to attend. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Friday night time that “greater than 24” shall be represented on the exercise.
Is a crew desirous about signing Colin Kaepernick?
Unlikely, particularly contemplating we’re 10 weeks into the 2019 NFL season. Once more, Kaepernick is a free agent. He’s free to signal with any crew, and any crew is free to signal him. That has been the case for practically three years. If a crew is or has been desirous about Kaepernick, it doesn’t want an NFL-arranged exercise to take action.
With that stated, at the very least one report concerning the NFL’s motivation behind the Kaepernick exercise suggests groups have been desirous about Kaepernick.
By way of ESPN:
“A number of groups have been involved with the league workplace to ask about Kaepernick’s standing, and the league has grown uninterested in telling groups they’re free to seek out out for themselves. Doubtlessly groups have not wished to herald Kaepernick for visits or exercises the way in which they routinely do on Tuesdays in the course of the season, so the league is organizing Saturday’s exercise in order that groups can examine him out en masse.”
Colin Kaepernick’s stats, age, report as a starter
Kaepernick, now 32, was 29 when he final performed within the NFL. His final begin was a 25-23 loss to the Seahawks on Jan. 1, 2017.
The 49ers drafted Kaepernick within the second spherical of the 2011 NFL Draft. He by no means made a Professional Bowl in his six seasons with San Francisco, however he did assist the crew attain Tremendous Bowl 47, a sport it misplaced to Baltimore.
Kaepernick has a 28-30 report in 58 regular-season begins, plus a 4-2 report in playoff begins. Under are his profession stats, through Professional Soccer Reference.
Colin Kaepernick information
— Nov. 14: Stories counsel Kaepernick might drop out of Saturday’s exercise resulting from points together with the NFL’s refusal to offer an inventory of attendees and the shortage of a script for the exercise.
— Nov. 13: Panthers security Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in protest when each performed for the 49ers, says he’s suspicious of the NFL’s motivation behind Saturday’s exercise.
— Nov. 12: The NFL arranges a exercise for groups to evaluate Kaepernick’s “readiness” and his “degree of curiosity” in a return. The league distributes to all 32 groups a memo to orchestrate the Atlanta-held occasion, which can embody an interview in addition to on-field work.