Don’t worry. The chances of the Bengals signing Colin Kaepernick are Slim and None, and Slim just put a bag over his head. Kaepernick will perform in Atlanta Saturday for whichever NFL people want to take a look. The Bengals will be there – there’s no harm in looking – but it makes zero sense for them to sign him.
Which, of course, makes it possible they will.
And there is this, from the NYTimes:
The online bookmaker Sportsbetting.ag has listed the Bengals as the favorite to sign Kaepernick, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (who are already on their backup, Mason Rudolph) and the Baltimore Ravens (he would fit the system currently tailored to Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III).
The Bengals did bring in Kaep’s fellow kneeler, safety Eric Reid, opting not to sign him because, supposedly, he wouldn’t guarantee Mike Brown he wouldn’t engage in some form of protest during the Anthem. Reid is a Carolina Panther now.
A team mortgaging its present by benching its 9-year starting QB shouldn’t be looking at a guy who hasn’t played in three years. And wouldn’t make any impact this year.
The league created this 2nd chance for Kaep apparently because it was tired of taking calls from teams asking about his status. And likely to avoid any contention from the NFLPA in the next negotiation.
Does Kaep deserve a 2nd look?
Given the turmoil in our country on a daily basis now, what Kaepernick did seems quaint. I long for a return to the days when someone kneeling during the Anthem is the biggest blip on the national radar.
I don’t like that he did it. I love that he could.
I always go back to what Pat Tillman’s widow said about the whole thing: Paraphrasing, “Pat wouldn’t have a problem with it. What Kaepernick is doing is part of what Pat fought for.’’
Peaceful protest. An American tradition since 1773. If it’s OK with Pat Tillman, a man who died fighting for his country, it’s OK with me.
Fifty-one QBs have started in the NF of L this fall. Probably, Kaep is better than a few of them. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Kaepernick’s 2016 numbers with the 49ers show that he was better that season in Total QBR (49.4) and TD-INT ratio (4.0) than the average NFL backup (42.5, 1.6) has been this season. (USA TODAY)
[Sign up today:Get 90% off your first three months]
[Never miss a thing:Download the Cincinnati.com Sports App today]
Now, then. . .
WEEK 2 of the Ryan Finley Era, in Oakland. Given the general dissatisfaction, getting an honest appraisal of his work v. B-more was difficult. I thought he did OK.
Not QB of the future OK. Not 10-year starter OK. More like credible backup OK. Finley looked poised against the non-stop, freight-train blitz. He made some good throws (and one really bad one). He wasn’t the end of the world.
That said, he looked like a rookie making his debut: Low yards per attempt (lots of short completions) lots of running around, a Pick-6 and a lost fumble that was run for a touchdown.
The Raiders are the definition of socialist NFL mediocrity: 5-4, two close wins in a row at home over the blah Lions and Chargers, blowout losses to KC, Green Bay and the Vikings.
Eh defense: 31st v. pass, 10th v. run. Average offense, though they are 8th running the ball. Injuries on D have been a reason.
There’s a linebacker in Will Compton, fresh off recording a podcast from a broken-down bus in a Nashville warehouse and hawking “merch” in a Nissan Stadium parking lot. There’s safety D.J. Swearinger, who spent the past month-plus reading books, working out and gearing up for another shot. And there’s edge rusher Dion Jordan, a former No. 3 overall draft pick who just finished serving a 10-game suspension for taking Adderall, a violation of the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. (ESPN.com)
So. . . yeah.
The Men have something to (not) play for, of course. As a fan, it could be worse. If they win, maybe you’re happy. If they don’t, maybe you’re happy. Plus it’s a 4:30 game, so you have the whole day to do other things.
RAIDUHS 30, MEN 0.
THE NCAA IN ITS IMMACULATE BENEVOLENCE, reduced from 4 games to 2 the suspension of Chase Young. That means Young will have missed games v. Maryland and Rutgers, two games OSU could win with me playing defensive end. Young will be fresh for Penn State and Michigan, when he’ll actually be needed.
The Double-A’s ruling suggests Young’s “family friend’’ had zero ties to the university and zero interest in doing anything but helping out a family member. So, why was Young suspended at all? I mean, couldn’t the Double-A check things out while Young was still playing?
James Wiseman is still playing. His basketball coach now, at Memphis, gave Wiseman’s family $11,500 a few years ago, to move to town. Penny Hardaway wasn’t the Tigers coach then, but he was considered a booster. And yet, Wiseman plays on.
AND NOW. . . THE -ESPONDENTS DAZZLE YOU with the depth and breadth of their carousing knowledge.
Funmaster Brien is an aspiring wizard…
On Saturday evening, things are going to get magical over at the Ludlow Garage. The recently reopened music venue is hosting a pop up called Wizardfest – a Harry Potter themed party for all ages.
The folks putting on this affair are decorating Ludlow Garage to resemble the famed wizarding institution, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There will be trivia to test your knowledge of the wildly popular film and book series, as well as a DJ playing songs from the films, intermingled with hits from the 90s and the aughts.
The Leaky Cauldron will be open for business, offering specialty cocktails inspired by in-universe beverages such as “butterbeer” and “pollyjuice potion.” The shopping center known as Dragon Alley will peddle its wares for your convenience, offering robes, broomsticks, wands, and so forth for purchase. Costumes are encouraged, and there will even be a contest to declare the best of the best. The Goblet of Fire raffle will yield many prizes throughout the night, including a trip for two to London to visit some of the places where the great battle with dark wizard Lord Voldemort occurred, all those years ago.
Apparate over to ludlowgaragecincinnati.com for tickets and more information.
Imbiber Dave likes the sodas in Boston…
Had some free time and was able to check out a few breweries and pubs I’d never seen in Boston. It would seem obvious that Sam Adams tastes better here than anyone else, but if you’ve ever checked out our very own OTR Tap Room across the street from Findlay Market, you know that our Boston Lager is pretty darn fresh too.
In a land of too many NE IPAs, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers is a welcome respite. I enjoyed their Post Shift Pilsner (there will be no working during drinking hours!) and Copper Legend Festbier, which is similar to an Oktoberfest. Connecticut’s own Two Roads Brewing Company is fairly well represented on taps throughout town. Their Session IPA and Two Juicy IPA are both super tasty. Nightshift Brewing was a great way to bring it home. The Whirlpool Pale Ale is delicious, and they have several solid non-hoppy options, including the Awake Coffee Porter, Furth Hefe, and Trifecta Belgian Pale Ale. If all else fails you a Sam Adams is virtually always within arm’s length. Cheers! email@example.com
TUNE O’ THE DAY. . .This is just a magical tune. Before he went solo, Todd Rundgren fronted a band called Runt. This is Runt’s wonderful one hit.
Read or Share this story: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-daugherty/2019/11/14/tml-colin-kaepernick-nfl-workout-cincinnati-bengals-oakland-raiders/4189711002/