One of the false accounts that still persists concerning Colin Kaepernick is that he is not currently in the league because he stank in 2016, as confirmed by the fact that he was placed in the bench for Blaine Gabbert. (Even if all of this is true, it shouldn’t cause Kaepernick to be the starter and be ignored by all teams, even for backup work.)
First, he was not put on the bench for Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick was not in good health at the start of the season, after three surgeries out of season. Indeed, the fact that he sat for the first two preseason games was not noticed as he was not in good enough health to be in uniform.
Once Kaepernick was in good health, the 49ers put Gabbert on the bench. And Kaepernick threw 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions. Kaepernick also had a positive impact on the offense.
“Aside from the protest and controversy, Kap was a baseball player,” former 49ers receiver Jeremy Kerley told Matt Barrows of TheAthletic.com. “He’s a good ball player, do you know what I mean?” There is a reason why San Fran paid him what they paid him. There is a reason why they went to the Super Bowl. “
Kerley, who led the team at this season’s reception, said Kaepernick made the difference quickly.
“We were sort of missing [something] throughout the season, “said Kerley,” but when he got there, it was like he had thrown the offense and got us done. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t get more than one victory. But as I said, personally, my best time to play football was 2016. ”
So why didn’t the 49ers win more than two games in 2016?
“Kap was playing with reconnaissance team players,” linebacker Michael Wilhoite told Barrows. “He didn’t play with beginners. All the starters had been injured at the end of the year or were not trying to play at the end of the year because of the record. And so he was there playing with guys who were normally part of the scout team or the training team. . . . I think he was the best player on the team. I think that at the end of the year, we were in the matches and we won a match thanks to him. “
False stories are so firmly embedded in so many people that this type of information will not matter, even if it should. However, to the extent that allegedly interested teams are talking to “friends and associates” of Kaepernick instead of Kaepernick and his agents, I hope they will be talking to “friends and associates” like Kerley and Wilhoite.