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Does Colin Kaepernick Deserve a Job?
College and NFL Career
Colin Kaepernick was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft. He had an impressive career at Nevada University, passing for over 10,000 yards and rushing over 4,000 yards in a span of four years. Kaepernick broke a Divsion I record for consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards with three. In 2012, halfway through the season Kaepernick got the starting QB position for the 49ers. In his first postseason game he broke Micheal Vick's single-game rushing record, with 181 yards against the Green Bay Packers. He even broke the franchise's postseason rushing record that year leading the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1994. The 49ers lost the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, but Kaepernick had a great performance passing for over 300 yards, as well as gaining 60 yards on the ground. Kaepernick's next two seasons in the NFL were pretty solid. His combined Quarterback rating was 88.5. He also kept the 49ers above .600, winning 20 of the 32 regular season games he played from 2013-2014. Kaepernick's 2015 season was mediocre at best, but to his credit he didn't have many threats around him. The year Kaepernick lost his starting position, 2016, he threw for 16 touchdowns while only throwing 4 interceptions and racked up 1,093 yards in a five-game span. He completed on over 64% of his passes attempted, and had a 96.9 passer rating. If the 49ers were disappointed with his production, why would they make Jimmy Garoppolo the highest paid QB in the league after 5 games where he put up numbers very similar to Kap's? (67% CP, 1,500 passing yards, 6-5 TD-INT, and a passer rating of 94)
If we take a look at the passer ratings from 2017, Kaepernick's career average would be the 17th highest in the league. Not only does he have a better passer rating than most quarterbacks in the NFL, he also brings the threat of scrambling out of the pocket and picking up yards on his feet. Why hasn't any team in the league reached out to Kaepernick?
This all comes down to Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem. Kaepernick claims he kneeled during the anthem to bring awareness to the unjust society we live in America today. He feels that people of color aren't granted the rights promised to them, and everyone, by the constitution. Many people agree with Kaepernick's stance, even other players began to kneel during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. I believe Kaepernick isn't on an NFL team soley because he took a stance against the prejudice running rampant throughout our beloved country. What are your opinions on this matter?
If Colin Kaepernick never plays again... He will have the 16th best passer rating of all-time.
Does Colin Kaepernick deserve to be on a roster?
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