Kerley wishes teams would ask him about Kaepernick

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One of the biggest problems with the various leaks to the media of assumptions and narratives and opinions about Colin Kaepernick is that many of those who are whispering to willing reporters have done no real due diligence about the player. The latest example of a lack of homework comes from one of the men who caught plenty of passes from Kaepernick a year ago.

Receiver Jeremy Kerley, a pleasant surprise in 2016 for the 49ers with 64 total receptions, got and kept his hands on 38 thrown by Kaepernick. Yet no one from any other team has asked Kerley what he thinks about Kaepernick.

I wish they would,” Kerley recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I would speak very highly of him. First, if you don’t stand for something then you don’t stand for nothing. He spoke up about a subject at a time where maybe just the right people weren’t stepping up. He did it, he stood behind it. He made the sacrifice that maybe not a lot of guys would have made knowing that the consequences would be what they were.”

That’s one thing that often gets lost in the lingering resentment and hatred of Kaepernick regarding his decision not to stand for the national anthem in 2016. He had (and clearly still has — as do many) concerns about the training and experience requirements for the issuance of a gun and the power to use it. (If you don’t have at least some concern over the ease with which a police officer can produce a handgun and immediately pull the trigger repeatedly to neutralize a perceived threat in a confined space with a small child present, then you’ve paid no attention at all to the Philando Castile case.)

“You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist,” Kaepernick said last August. “That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Kerley spent most of the year with Kaepernick, arriving via trade from the Lions after his decision to take action, to speak out, and to risk his career for it.

“He’s been a man of his word,” Kerley said. “He still gives back. He’s promoting change. . . . Do I agree with it? Who’s to say. Everybody goes about their business a different way. But do I have much, much respect for him? Hell yeah.”

It’s still not clear what Kaepernick truly wants or expects from his football career. And it’s quite possible that the phone will never ring, regardless of his abilities, team needs, and the inevitability of quarterback injury. The point continues to be this: Few if any teams did any real homework on Kaepernick prior to or during free agency, which suggests given the countless hours otherwise spent researching hundreds of players that coaches and executives knew they would have been wasting their time on a guy ownership would have never approved signing.

That’s where this issue continues to be. A quarterback who nearly won a Super Bowl, whose numbers compared favorably to Tyrod Taylor’s in 2016, and who is still on the right side of 30 has gotten no sniffs as a potential starter in a league where Tom Savage, Brian Hoyer, Cody Kessler, Mike Glennon, and Josh McCown currently sit atop depth charts. And Kaepernick has drawn interest from only one team about being a backup. (He was deemed to be overqualified for the job.)

If anyone wants to continue to rely on reports from those who gladly pass along negative leaks about Kaepernick in support of a belief that these decisions are based only on actual or perceived football skills and abilities, that’s their right, I suppose. But others have the right to continue to say that we’re being fed a steaming plate of BS, and that too many in the media are gladly slopping it onto the plate.

41 responses to “Kerley wishes teams would ask him about Kaepernick

  1. In NY the justice court judges don’t even need a law degree… seems even more egregious than a police officer with 6 months of training

  2. Yet no one from any other team has asked Kerley what he thinks about Kaepernick.

    And why would they, I don’t think it is a common practice for teams to consult players on another team on personnel matters

  3. Don’t care what Kerley thinks. Players are notorious for sticking up for their team-mates. But the Kaepernick is ‘great’ garbage and being ‘blackballed’ garbage is tiresome.

    Harbaugh ran a read-option junk offense. In 2013, peak Kaepernick, his QB rating (from just the pocket) was 80.9 (outside the pocket when he played his read-option, junk-offense street-ball it was much higher). Nobody, not even harsh critics like myself try to take that away from him.

    But we do recognize that he was below average as a structured QB even as Jaworski was touting him for the Hall of Fame. We also know that junk offenses never last in the NFL (see the WILDCAT).

    In 2014 Harbaugh tried to make Kaepernick a pocket QB. He was so bad at it that his QB rating for the second half of the season was 76.9 and the 5-3 49ers finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

    In 2015, they kept Kaepernick in the pocket and tried to go to a quick-hitting, zero/one read offense. His QB rating was 78.5 and he was benched for Blaine Gabbert.

    In 2016 Chip Kelly came in with his version of the junk-read-option offense. Kaepernick, like Sanchez and Foles, had a good season (at least statistically). But it was a product of the super-low-risk offense Kelly runs and not a QB resurgence as Kaepernick was, literally, one of the most inaccurate QBs in the NFL with nearly 20% of his passes scored as ‘bad passses.’

    In the end, after watching his abysmal performances as a drop-back QB, Shanahan thought Kaepernick was so bad that the 49ers, who supported Kaepernick’s right to protest, gave him the option — QUIT OR BE FIRED.

    As for why nobody else has picked up Kaepernick, Shanahan makes a great point about his type of QB:

    “If you bring in a quarterback who is the best when he’s a dual threat and can do all those type of things, that affects an entire offense,” he said. “That doesn’t just affect one guy.

    That’s a huge commitment to your entire team. So, when you bring in someone like that when you’re going to have to tinker the offense to fit one player, you’ve got to know you’re tinkering every single person on that offense, too. So, when it comes to the quarterback and some o-linemen, you look into that a little bit more.

    After that, I think it’s all pretty overrated.”

    Fact is, you don’t retool the offense for a back up QB. Which is why both RGIII AND Kaepernick are on the outside looking in. They, simply put, are system products of a junk offense that is no longer viable in the NFL.

    And know this, at 29% of fans hating him, the hatred toward Kaepernick is HALF that of the dog-killer Vick who peaked a 60% of NFL fans hating him.

  4. So many false narratives from a guy complaining about false narratives.

    Kaepernick was not a bold social warrior when he decided to sit. He was a whining malcontent. He made up the oppression and anti-cop stuff a couple weeks later and since the media and anarchists loved it, he stuck with that lie to gain personal credibility among the degenerates he wants to associate with.

    He is not convicted to his “beliefs” either since he tossed them aside just before free agency in the hopes he could get some cash from a new contract.

    Nobody knows exactly what the cop saw in that car. You just know what people say they would do to base your opinions. That very well could have been an improper use of deadly force but the process has played out and it was determined to be legal.

  5. You keep acting like this is the first time this has happened. Teams do not want to deal with the DISTRACTION that is Kaepernick. The same thing happened to Tebow. The same thing happened to Ray Rice. Regardless of what players “deserved” it or not, all of those guys were talented enough to make an NFL roster at the time all teams passed on them. But the teams made the decision that the distraction outweighed the talent. It’s their right. If you want him to stop being a distraction maybe you should start by giving him so much attention.

  6. Enough with this hypejob. He’s gotten worse every year since the Super Bowl. Worst qb I’ve seen in a long time. Thank God he’s not a niner anymore. If you want a qb that can’t read defenses and goes on 10 game losing streaks, then krapernick is your guy. If you want to win games and be in the playoff race , then krapernick is not the guy you want.

  7. Im getting rather annoyed with this whole situation. Its obvious that he is being blackballed however instead of complaining why not just boycott the NFL all together. The same bigots on here eho disregard the life a black person eohld be miserable not watching those same people perform on sunday. Hell the NBA is better anyway.

  8. Football season can’t get here soon enough. Maybe then we’ll have things to talk about other than this unemployed-for-several-valid-reasons-quarterback.

  9. fantasychamp7time says:
    Jun 24, 2017 11:25 AM
    You know we couldn’t go past three days without hearing about this ass clown again.please LET IT GO!!

    Actually three days is pretty good, at one point it was like three stories every two days. I think this time he tried hard not to do it but the pressure builds up in him until he cant take it. It might be like DTs with the shakes and all.

    These self appointed Kaepernick agents are probably the worst thing Kaepernick himself could ask for right now, so if you are against him getting on a team you are loving the way the press cant let go of it. (I actually do want to seem him to get a chance to prove it either way so I wish these guys would shut up)

  10. Standing for the anthem is a token act of respect for the military. Not sending them to fight wars so that oil barons can fill their pockets (while calling it a war against terrorism) is true respect. Which are you, a token 30-second stander, or someone who truly respects and honors our military troops?

  11. The people that use the hate America, are the people who stand for nothing are essentially enablers. When you care about something, you stand up and point out its flaws.

    And recently Philando Castile’s case ended up with a murderer going free on all accounts, one of the bullets barely missed the four year old in the backseat.

    The Samuel DuBose case ended with its second hung jury.

    Earlier this year the Michael Slager case, the guy who shot Walter Scott in the back, ended with a hung jury, because of one biased juror who should of never been on the panel.

    A 2016 video was just released of a cop brutally attacking a Laotian driver for “driving recklessly” even though he pulled over when the cop tailed him and wasn’t resisting, the charges are still on-going.

    Tennis star James Blake is willing to drop a lawsuit of police brutliaty after NYC’s Civilian Complaint Review Board agreed with him, on the condition that the city established legal precedent to on police misconduct.

    Back in March, Jason Van Dyke, the cop who shot LaQuan McDonald 16 times, two bullets while standing, the other 14 when he was already downed, was indicted on 16 additional charges as a response for him lying on reports. Worst part is it took over a year for anybody to know what happened as the police & Mayor tried to cover it up.

    And a couple days ago a black off-duty cop was recently shot by another cop while investigating a car chase & crash outside of his house, and making his presence aware to the first two cops yet still shot by a third who arrived late, among the many other stories I didn’t add in this.

    So yeah, Kaepernick’s protest actually stood for something and thankfully started a national conversation that we’re still talking about. That whole disrespect the troops argument is a cop-out by people who actually do hate America, people who don’t like the Americans that care pointing out the flaws with America, so they can be fixed. It’s no different than that family member that struggles with x internal issue, that they know needs help, but doesn’t because they don’t really care about them. Only a person that doesn’t like this country, would let such problems go without issue. Because

  12. One major point that is not mentioned; the NFL is in the Entertainment business. Public opinion of players matters. Owners aren’t interested in someone who used the NFL’s platform and stage to make a personal protest. If he had just written it on social media or made comments etc. that’s one thing. To be the focus of the opening part of the game’s broadcast week after week is another.

    He’s not that good anyway…

  13. jjuan12381 says:
    Jun 24, 2017 1:02 PM
    Im getting rather annoyed with this whole situation. Its obvious that he is being blackballed however instead of complaining why not just boycott the NFL all together.

    Or maybe everyone that’s incapable of looking at this situation objectively could finally wake up and either get down from their nationalistic soapbox or get off the good ship lollipop and understand that the SJW aspect of this has no more to do with Kaepernick’s unemployment than football does. Business is business and fear of backla$h≠ blackballed. From where teams really sit it’s not about politics or football, it’$ about $omething much nearer and dearer to an owner’$ greedy heart.

  14. absolutevisuals says:

    So yeah, Kaepernick’s protest actually stood for something and thankfully started a national conversation that we’re still talking about.

    He didn’t “start a conversation”. When he started wearing his pig socks it was already a “national conversation”, because police offers were being executed across the country at the time. It actually started at Obama’s beer summit, after he ran his mouth about a police officer before he had all the facts. That’s when it started.

  15. Hey, at least give PFT credit for sticking to their guns. ESPN was also in virtue signalling mode by writing a new article every day pretending this was anything but a backup QB at best basically disqualifying himself from a job because no team wants a distraction at the backup QB position.

    Once Kaepernick wrote his Fugitive Slave Police tweet, ESPN went dead silent on him (because actually covering negative news about their favorite is for ethical reporters).

  16. Kerley isn’t the only player who repects Kaepernick. Every year the 49ers players give out the Len Eshmont award. It’s given to the 49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, one of the original 49ers. It’s the most prestigious award the players vote on. Kaepernick won it last year. History will shine a bright light on Kaepernick, but as often times is the case, many of us are late to the party.

  17. It really doesnt matter from a football standpoint what Kaepernick did in regards to his protest. The fact of the matter is that he was consistently makong poor decisions and had no defensive scheme awareness. He can read a defense like I can read Mandarin. Will he get a chance again in the NFL, who knows but for someone who claims to want to play football in the NFL he sure isnt reaching out to guys that can teach him how to read a defense.

  18. Not standing for something and not standing for nothing is actually the same thing. Idk what Kerley is talking about.

  19. He should worry about his own job instead of somebody else.
    Just one marginal player talking about another marginal player

  20. A jury which is representative of society decided the officer was not guilty this must bother you mr. Florio……..hopefully you will not need the police……

  21. He isn’t good. He is a one read and run QB. He can’t read a defense. Don’t babble useless stats from last year. They don’t tell sh*t. He struggles with his accuracy and lacks the necessary touch to truly be effective. Harbaugh and Roman got everything they could out of Kaep then the NFL figured him out. A low tier 2nd or 3rd string QB at best hence the reason he is still unemployed. His level of talent does not outweigh the potential for distractions.

  22. I am not sure why Kaepernick is wasting time as a mediocre QB who can’t play in the pocket who everyone in the league can defense his one trick run hard/throw hard read option. He should just move on to his next career as a professional protestor. Heck in the long run he probably will do more good at that than he ever will trying to finagle a last big contract while grossly underperforming.

  23. Some people in the media are out to destroy Kap and there are many reporters who take money under the table to spread the Trumpian style alternative facts.

  24. So Kerley wishes people would ask him so that he can endorse Kaepernick in his new career in activism. That’s great…he still sucks as a QB, so he could probably use the recommendation for a new job.

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