Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who made headlines for his controversial exit from the NFL, believes he can still make a meaningful contribution to a team in need of a quarterback, even if it means joining the practice squad.
Seven years have passed since Kaepernick last played in an NFL game, but he remains confident in his abilities. In a letter addressed to the New York Jets, he expressed his interest in becoming their practice squad quarterback. This unique request was made as the Jets faced challenges following the season-ending injury to their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Practice squad players do not occupy spots on a team’s primary 53-man roster. Instead, they primarily serve as members of the scout team during practice, mimicking the strategies employed by upcoming opponents to help prepare the main roster players for upcoming games. To participate in an NFL game, a player must be listed on the team’s 53-man roster.
Kaepernick, now 35 years old, penned this letter to Jets General Manager Joe Douglas. The letter was shared on Instagram by his friend, rapper J. Cole, on September 26. Representatives for Kaepernick have confirmed the authenticity of the letter that was posted by J. Cole.
In the letter, Kaepernick expressed his eagerness for the opportunity to serve as the leader of the practice squad, stating that he would approach the role with dedication and passion, similar to how he would approach the QB1 position.
The Jets faced a significant setback when Aaron Rodgers sustained an Achilles tendon injury after only four plays in the season opener. This marked his first season with the Jets after spending 18 seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Kaepernick’s letter coincided with challenges faced by Rodgers’ replacement, Zach Wilson, who struggled in two consecutive losses for the Jets. The third-year quarterback and former No. 2 overall draft pick currently holds the lowest passer rating in the league this season, at 57.0.
Kaepernick acknowledged the importance of maintaining Wilson’s confidence and focus as QB1, pledging to contribute positively to his development if granted the role within the team.