Colin Kaepernick’s workout in front of NFL teams happened on Saturday… but not in the manner that the NFL had been planning last week.
Hours before he was set to go through drills at the Atlanta Falcons facility in front of a majority of NFL teams, Kaepernick abruptly changed the venue, in an effort to gain more control over the situation. He wound up working out at a local high school, streaming the event on YouTube, with seven team representatives in attendance.
According to some in attendance, Kaepernick showed off the same elite arm talent that he had when he was still in NFL starter. The 32-year old former San Francisco 49er’s talent was never really called into question, though.
Whether his performance in the Atlanta area on Saturday was enough to get back on a roster remains to be seen. If Kaepernick is going to be signed, I wouldn’t bet on the Dallas Cowboys being the team right now.
Obviously, the Cowboys have an established starter in Dak Prescott. He’s backed up by Cooper Rush, a little-used Central Michigan product with three pass attempts in four games over the last three seasons.
Jerry Jones appeared on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas today. He was asked about the Kaepernick workout, and whether the team would consider adding him to the quarterback room, potentially supplanting Rush.
In a word, no.
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Jones said that he’s comfortable with his quarterback situation, with Prescott and Rush comprising the two-deep at the position. He also conveyed disappointment in how things played out Saturday, saying he thought it became a “circus” without explicitly criticizing Kaepernick or weighing in on whether he thinks he’ll play again.
“We of course, aren’t in the quarterback business. We’re in the business of anytime, anywhere looking for talent — whether we need it now or whether we need it in the future.
“So, the way these things work, you had that evaluation for you whether you’re there or you’re not. You have that evaluation. And, I think it’s unfortunate that you can’t just zero in on the business at hand, and that is evaluating a player that might or might not help you win a football game or move the chains within a football game.
“That situation from the get-go probably had a lot more that wasn’t about football involved in it and consequently we got the results of that dynamic.”
It always seemed a bit unlikely that a team would sign Colin Kaepernick this late in the year. Perhaps the door will be open for 2020, but this remains a “believe it when I see it ” situation after years being held out of the sport.