I was perusing MyBookie recently, and they offered a slew of 2018 NFL player prop bets. One included who would be the top backup to Derek Carr in
Oakland by the time week one rolled around.
Connor Cook and E.J. Manuel are actually on the Raiders’ roster and understandably led the way. However, Jon Gruden has praised Kaepernick in the past, and the former Bay Area resident is still
seeking employment, so the +500 price tag he offered was at least worth an eyebrow raise.
I don’t know if Kaepernick is actually going to play again. If I had to guess, I’d say he won’t. However, I do think he can still be of use to some teams.
Should news break that he’s actually being considered, and Colin Kaepernick prop bets become a thing again, be sure to consider the following six NFL franchises.
You know you’re in dire straits when your top guy goes down, and the first guy you call is a washed-up Jay Cutler. That’s what Miami did in 2017 after Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL, and it went
about as well as expected.
Kaepernick is probably better than Cutler at this point in both of their careers, and he might not be a bad option if Tannehill struggles or gets hurt again in 2018.
After all, Brock Osweiler, David Fales, and Bryce Petty aren’t exactly great alternatives, and they’re all currently residing in South Beach.
Blake Bortles has proven himself to be a competent starting quarterback in stretches and even looked ready to guide the Jags to the Super Bowl for a second last year.
He could turn a corner in 2018, but two things could be revealed: he’s simply not good enough, or he gets hurt and the spares behind him send a title contender spiraling out of control.
I’m not sure yet if Bortles is a lost cause, but the Jaguars aren’t trying hard enough to protect their prospects in the event he goes down.
Cody Kessler and Tanner Lee just won’t cut it for a team with aspirations to do anything this season. The Jaguars could do a lot worse than look to Kaepernick as a solution.
Dak Prescott is set in stone as the starter for Big D. He’s one of the more talented dual-threat quarterbacks in the entire league, and by all accounts, his future in the NFL appears to be
Prescott has next to nothing behind him, though. Mike White has some talent, but he’s not ready for the big time, and Cooper Rush probably shouldn’t even be in the league.
What happens if Dak goes down? The Cowboys’ season goes with him. If they had Kaep on hand, that might not be such a given.
Nick Foles looked like one of the best backup quarterbacks in league history last year as he took over for an injured Carson Wentz and led the Eagles to a title.
Just a few months later, he’s looked horrendous during preseason play. That has to have Doug Pederson and company a bit worried in the event Wentz isn’t ready for week one – or worse – he goes
down again in 2018.
It seems for now that Philly will stand by Foles, but all they have behind him is the unproven Nate Sudfeld.
Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to trade Foles when he still has value and then sign Kaepernick off the street.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints don’t have an answer behind Drew Brees.
Their quarterback depth chart is so awful that the statuesque Tom Savage is presently listed as their top backup, and running quarterbacks like J.T. Barrett and Taysom Hill are duking it out just
to make the roster.
None of that is good. Drew Brees is pushing 40 and is one step closer to a serious injury or retirement. New Orleans, sadly, is zero steps closer to his eventual replacement.
That probably wouldn’t be Colin Kaepernick either way, but he’d absolutely supply them with a short-term solution. Saints fans deserve better than their current crop of clipboard-holders.
Lastly, I have to touch on the Seahawks. There are certainly more teams Kaepernick could fit with or that could use an upgrade under center. However, Seattle is the last one I’d seriously look
One main reason? Kaepernick has talked to them in the past, and they’ve thought about bringing him in.
Trevone Boykin was their former backup to Russell Wilson, but nasty off-the-field issues almost certainly ended his career.
The Seahawks now just have Austin Davis sitting between them and a lost season in the event Wilson goes down with a catastrophic injury.
Kaepernick fits Wilson’s skill-set, and he’s had connections with the team. There’s also a need for an upgrade behind their top guy. This makes too much sense for both sides.
This isn’t even including the aforementioned Raiders, the Green Bay Packers, or the Denver Broncos.
John Elway said Kaep had his chance, but looking at Denver’s current
backup quarterback situation, he probably should reconsider his present take.
Green Bay could have used Kaepernick last year, while Aaron Rodgers has given him his public endorsement in the past. The Raiders wouldn’t view him as a possible starter, but as I touched on,
they could use an upgrade behind Carr.
As you can see, the latter is a pretty valid point across the league. The future is bright when you factor in the young signal-callers that entered the NFL via this year’s draft, but there are
still a lot of rosters lacking quality backup talent.
To suggest Kaepernick is a distraction is putting it lightly.
That’s the reason he isn’t being brought in to be on someone’s roster, and considering how much media hype and drama comes with that – especially for a backup – I totally get it.
However, he can make your quarterback room and practices better. That, in turn, can make your team better. If your top quarterback goes down, having Kaep to go to in a pinch is a way
better option than the majority of the league.
Kaepernick isn’t coming in and unseating veterans like Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert, Trevor Siemian, Matt Cassel, and a handful of others, but from a sheer talent and production perspective, he
Again, Kaepernick’s days in the NFL are probably over, and there currently aren’t any hot leads for Kaep fans to hold out hope for. That being said, of this list, the team that constantly stands
out is Seattle.
Not only have the Seahawks been tied to Kaepernick in the past, but he mirrors what Russell Wilson does. Should Wilson ever go down, Kaepernick would be a solid replacement. Austin Davis, who
happens to be their next guy up at the moment, would not.
I don’t think Kaepernick is coming back anytime soon, but if you find odds for this wager and Seattle is an option, that’s the route I’d go.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
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