Raiders: Would Colin Kaepernick be the QB2 in 2022?
Can Kaepernick help now?
With being out of the league so long, does Kaepernick even possess the ability to still be able to make those dashing runs, or fool the opposing defense with a flashy option run? This remains to be seen. It seems Kapernick has kept in shape, but with so much time away from the game and aging at that, how much ability does Kaepernick even have left in the tank?
Colin Kaepernick was in his prime when he opted out of his contract in 2017 and opted to become a free agent, rather than be released by the 49ers. His numbers were lessening season by season, as well as he was constantly injured. So It is hard to say truly if his protesting or ability is the key reason why he has not gotten another shot in the NFL.
When looking at the statistics, Kaepernick was not by most standards, an “elite” quarterback. Although injuries hampered him in his last couple of years in San Francisco, he barely managed to throw for over 3,000 yards twice in his career, and only once eclipsed 20 passing touchdowns. However, his ability to gain yards on the ground was where he did his best work.
The Raiders had Mariota last season, who like Kaepernick does his best work on the ground, and has also had a tough time dealing with injuries. However, Mariota is only 28-years-old. So there may just be time for him to turn things around and become a solid player in Atlanta.