Colin Kaepernick Could Help Patriots Prepare for Dual-Threat QBs
As any good team does, the New England Patriots are always looking to improve their roster, no matter the time of year. It's essential if they want to keep winning and remain at the top of the NFL in the midst of a grueling 16-game schedule.
A recent spotlight has been put on one NFL free agent, which makes one wonder if the Patriots will be doing their due diligence at a certain position leading up to their Week 11 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Colin Kaepernick will be holding a workout in Atlanta this Saturday for all 32 teams, in hopes that he could join an NFL team once again after a three-year hiatus.
The timing isn't exactly ideal because of the day the workout is being held on. But nevertheless, the question still bares asking - will the Patriots consider signing Kaepernick?
You might be surprised to hear that New England could find success going forward this season with the help of Kaepernick.
In case you had forgotten, New England lost to the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago, which not only ended their undefeated streak but also displayed how an elite Patriots defense can be exposed by an elite running game and a very athletic quarterback.
While trying to replicate Lamar Jackson's athleticism is nearly impossible to do, having someone on the Patriots roster that can at the very least display versatility like Jackson would be extremely helpful in the event that New England faces Jackson or another athletic QB in the near future.
This is where Kaepernick comes in.
With three years of rest and a desire to re-enter the NFL, Kaepernick could have a crucial role in New England during the preparation leading into games. With quarterback's like Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen remaining on their regular season schedule (and any playoff opponents they may face), it's important that the Patriots have a feel during the week as to what they can do to contain a player with arm talent and mobility like those aforementioned players. The problem is, New England doesn't have someone on their roster that has that kind of ability.
The Patriots' quarterback depth chart right now consists of 42-year-old Tom Brady, rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and Cody Kessler. Kessler at this point is a glorified practice squad player for New England. He is the team's scout-team QB and is a pocket passer who does not have the athletic ability to even remotely showcase what a mobile QB can do on the field.
However, if Kaepernick were to join the Patriots he could be just what the doctor ordered to help this New England team prepare for their upcoming opponents. It would be a win-win scenario for both parties, as the Patriots would add a dual-threat QB to their roster and Kaepernick could re-enter the league, quietly help a team succeed and potentially win a championship in the process.
This scenario would require Kaepernick to take a very small paycheck. But if he's about playing football and helping his team win games no matter the role, playing for the Patriots may be the best opportunity for Kaepernick in the NFL if the offer is there for him to take.