By Angela Nguyen
The Eagles’ loss to the Titans in Thursday’s preseason game wasn’t their worst loss of the night: Backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld broke his left wrist in the second quarter and could miss the next six weeks. The Eagles need a strong, seasoned backup quarterback. The team would be wise to consider Colin Kaepernick.
Though Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016, his past performance with the 49ers outshines the Eagles’ current options to back up Wentz. If the Eagles want to win another Super Bowl, signing Kaepernick could provide a much-needed sense of security.
In six years with San Francisco, Kaepernick guided the 49ers to two playoff berths, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2013. He gained notoriety for his running ability, but he was also a good passer, completing 59.8 percent of career attempts and throwing 72 touchdowns, with an 88.9 career passer rating. He led seven comebacks and seven game-winning drives.
Kaepernick decided to kneel during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality, and he has not been signed to any NFL team since. Kaepernick’s demonstration and his continued social activism have drawn critics, including President Trump, but that shouldn’t concern the Eagles. Not afraid of protest themselves, most of the team refused to visit the White House after their Super Bowl title, and defensive back Malcolm Jenkins has raised his fist during the anthem in solidarity with Kaepernick’s cause.
Last week, Kaepernick posted a video showcasing his training, declaring he is “still ready.” Considering his NFL accomplishments, it’s more than clear that he is.