Moon: Colin Kaepernick Can Help An NFL Team

Kaepernick might be rusty, Warren Moon says, but he's definitely good enough to play in the NFL

Reiter Than You
November 15, 2019 - 9:57 am
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Colin Kaepernick will participate in a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday, with more than a dozen NFL teams slated to attend. Kaepernick played well in his most recent season, accounting for 18 touchdowns (16 pass, 2 rush) and just four interceptions, but he’s been out of the league for almost three years.

Can he still perform at a high level in the NFL?

“I think we’ll find out a lot on Saturday,” Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon said on Reiter Than You. “I heard he’s been working out quite a bit after the last couple of years. He seems to be in really good shape from what I’ve seen in some of the clips they’ve shown on video, but until he gets out there and  throws the football and shows people what he can do – he’s 32 years old, which isn’t very old for a quarterback these days. He hasn’t really had any wear and tear on his body over the last three years because he hasn’t played, so you can take that age and drop it down a little bit.”

Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013. He has now thrown a pass in the NFL since Jan. 1, 2017.

“He’d be rusty if he went into a camp right now and had to play,” Moon said, “but that wouldn’t take a lot of time either if he has his body in shape. The guy is one of the great athletes to play the quarterback position. Whether he comes in as a starter or whether he comes as a backup, I think backup would be more in line with for what he would be looking for right away and then he can work himself maybe back into a starting role. But I definitely think he can help somebody’s football team as a backup if he’s ready to play right now – and from what I’ve heard, he is ready.”