It’s been a few weeks since we last did a piece on a few of the notable international players to sign with PRO Rugby. Since then, we’ve seen several more big names from around the world of rugby sign on to one of the five current rosters. So just to make sure we’re all a little more up to date, here’s a look at one of the new internationals for each team:
Kurt Morath: San Diego
San Diego gains in Morath a leader with a wealth of experience on the pitch. Morath made his breakout onto the world rugby stage when he was selected to the New Zealand U-21 Squad along with Australian Super Rugby star Andrew Ellis.
At 31 years old, Morath has a resume of accomplishments that any American rugby coach would covet in a player. Currently a member of the Tonga International Team, he has represented them in over 30 caps, as well as two World Cups in 2011 and 2015.
Though his age might say he’s at the tail end of his career, match footage from his most recent stint with the French Top 14 Competition club Biarritz might suggest otherwise, as the New Zealand product still boasts one of the best kicking foots in the game.
Though his ability to get points after the try will be greatly appreciated, that won’t necessarily be his primary usage on the field. Playing the position of fly-half, the coaching staff is going to rely on Morath’s experience to help get San Diego’s wings in the best position to score.
Mils Muliaina: San Francisco
Perhaps the biggest signing of the year, Muliaina is near legend status on the island nation of New Zealand. As only the second player in history (and the only back) to earn over 100 caps as a representative of the country, Muliaina’s experience on the pitch is just as valuable as the leadership he provides.
The United States is only the latest stop in what seems to be Mils Muliaina’s world tour of professional rugby. Before coming here, he had a very successful career for the Blues and Chiefs in New Zealand’s Super Rugby league, after which he started moving around playing for clubs in countries such as Ireland, Japan and Italy.
According to PRO Rugby’s Facebook page, a quote from Muliaina describes himself as “delighted” to be playing here in the States. Well “delighted”, is exactly what rugby fans here in the U.S should be.
As more international names come in, the more overseas coverage PRO will receive. And as long as the league continues to bring in a few big named veterans every year, it could potentially start the domino effect of attracting younger talent with higher ceilings of potential.
Already with a stacked roster that includes a near whole squad of Life West Eagles, look for San Francisco to be one of the teams to dominate the league early.
Jamie Mackintosh: Ohio
Mackintosh is known as a hard hitting prop with the stamina to go all 80 minutes. Most recently playing with the Montpellier Hérault Rugby club in the French Top 14 Competition, Mackintosh will head to Ohio to provide some size and experience to their scrum.
Throughout his career, Mackintosh has moved around between New Zealand and Australian club teams, both in Super Rugby and Union. His most recent stint with a Southern Hemisphere team came with the Super Rugby club The Highlanders.
Mackintosh was named to the New Zealand National Team in 2008 for his only cap with the All Blacks in a match against Scotland.
Timana Tahu: Denver
Denver ads to its already explosive roster with yet another addition from the land down under. Tahu comes to PRO Rugby after a long and successful career playing in the Australian Rugby League, most notably with the Newcastle Knights.
Tahu’s ability to put points on the board is going to be an undeniable strength. All in all, he scored a grand total of 121 tries during his club career in Australia.
His versatility on the field shouldn’t be overlooked either, as he has been known to move between center and second row. This ability to play at multiple positions is going to allow the Denver coaches some flexability in terms of filling in the gaps with experience as well as physical ability.
Tahu’s national credits include earning caps with the Australian National Team in both Rugby Union and League.
Ray Barkwill: Sacramento
Barkwill joins teammate Phil Mackenzie in the move to PRO Rugby from his club team in Canada. Barkwill’s most caps have been with the Ontario Blues club team, as well as representing Canada on the national team.
Barkwill gained much of his skill playing for the UWA team in Australia, at one point he was voted the Best and Fairest by his teammates. Other than his representation of his home country, his career highlights also include the Canadian Rugby Championship with the Blues in 2012.
As one of the more physical hookers to come into the league from overseas, look for Barkwill to use his size and experience to make plays in the trenches of the rucks and on the goal line.
In this week three edition of Gotta Do Better, we take a look at a few Wide-Receivers who are facing a crucial season in 2016.
Golden Tate: Detroit Lions
This name shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. After the early retirement of the NFL’s single season receiving yards champion Calvin Johnson became official, Golden Tate’s shoulder-boulder just got a lot heavier.
Tate proved in 2014 he has the ability to be a number one guy while filling in for an injured Calvin Johnson for a portion of the season, when he put 1,131 yards for an average of 13.4 yards per catch. Though his numbers took a dip in 2015 with Johnson being a much more consistent presence on the field, his ability to stretch the field could be the make or break point for his chemistry with the strong-armed Stafford.
All in all, Tate has to prove he can step up into a permanent number one role and be ready to compensate for a sometimes errant quarterback. Johnson isn’t going to be waiting in the wings on the injury report anymore, waiting to swoop in and salvage an otherwise forgettable season.
Michael Floyd: Arizona Cardinals
Since eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark in 2013, Floyd has struggled to break the 800 mark ever since. It’s not that the young wide out from Notre Dame is devoid of talent, quite the opposite in fact. Floyd remains a player with all the ability in the world to make game changing plays.
Floyd’s problem the last few years has been plain old inconsistency. During the 2015 season, Floyd had five games over 100 yards, while the total for games under 20 yards was six. Everything in-between wasn’t exactly flashy either.
The emergence of John Brown, along with Larry Fitzgerald’s overshadowing presence can make it easy for somebody like Floyd to fade away into the background as new and younger talent begins to emerge. If Floyd wants to remain in head coach Bruce Arian’s plans, he has to find a way to separate himself from the pack in 2016, otherwise he could find himself looking for work elsewhere.
Brandon LaFell: Free Agent
A year after winning a Super Bowl in his first season with the New England Patriots, the drop off for LaFell was steep. After missing the first few weeks of the season recuperating from a foot injury, he was never fully able to get himself back up to speed in Josh McDaniel’s pass-heavy offense.
In 2014, LaFell had a career year catching passes from Tom Brady, posting 953 yards to go along with 7 touchdowns. 2015 told a much different story unfortunately, as LaFell regularly struggled to find separation from coverage, particularly in the end zone, which was a large factor in the receiver experiencing the first ever scoreless season of his career.
Bellichick and company ultimately decided it was best to move on from the 29 year old LSU product in favor of signing veteran deep threat Nate Washington. However, I don’t foresee this being the end of the road for the former Super Bowl champ.
The Bengals have been among the teams looking to bring LaFell in. If he can prove that he can still be productive a year removed from the foot injury, he should be just fine. But, he has to actually show it.
DeSean Jackson: Washington Redskins
After missing a portion of this past season due to injury, the one they call ‘D-Jax’ was much less of an impact on opposing defenses than in years previous. In total, Jackson put up a total of 528 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns.
Jackson continued his role as a deep threat wide-out, posting an average of 17.8 yards per catch, however, the number may be helped along by a shockingly small reception count. Out of 10 total games played in 2015, he posted five games with two or fewer catches. If you’re only going to score four total touchdowns in a season, you need to at least do your part in the middle of the field.
Jackson remains the best receiver on the Redskins roster. But, if he wants his team to make the leap with 2015’s breakout passer Kirk Cousins, he needs to stay healthy, and become a much larger factor in the receiving game other than just deep balls.
Update-4/19/17: Hi all! FrozenOne here! So I see by my stats online people are still looking at this article (from more than a year ago). I get it, it's the most popular article of this blog's early days, and some of you casual Rugby fans aren't so in the loop. So let me put it to you like this. PRO is done. There is no expansion coming, the league is most unfortuneately dead. Doug. S can cay all he wants how there is going to be a year two, fact is, nobody wants to play for him because he doesn't pay. The MLR (Major League Rugby) will be coming in 2018 once PRO's two year deal with USA Rugby is up, and it's going to be 10x more organized, with a non-sketchy system to pay its players. Don't get me wrong, PRO was great while it lasted and me and Liam had a ton of fun covering it, but the mo'fu**a is gone. Capuit. Bylut, by all means, read this article and give us hits.
Five teams will take the field in 2016 as PRO Rugby comes to life. We have three clubs hailing from the golden coast of California, from cities such as Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego. While the last two are sprawled across the Midwest, in the cities of Denver and Obetz, Ohio. While this number might come up short in terms of what American rugby fans were hoping for in a professional league, the wait for more teams might not be long.
“We are looking into all possible locations for year two.” Says Dominic DeFalco, a member of PRO Rugby’s media department. So the natural question that comes to mind is, where could these new clubs possibly hail from in year two?
To help shed some light on this question, we have put together a short list of some of the possible destinations where PRO Rugby could land next year.
As someone who calls ‘the hub’ home, this choice might be a little biased on my part, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense. After all, where can you get more loyal fans than the place that has stuck by its guys through not one, but two of the biggest sports scandals in history?
The city and the surrounding area have already got a small dose of the competitive and captivating nature of Rugby. The city itself plays host to two American Premiership teams, the Boston RFC and the Boston Irish Wolfhounds, which could very well leave the Boston rugby faithful clamoring for more.
The fans aren’t the only reason why PRO Rugby might call Boston home. The goal in the first few years of the league should be to raise as much awareness about the sport as possible. Boston (according to News Generation), is listed as the 7th largest media market in the country. So, if reaching a large, sports-obsessed market is the league’s goal, Boston could be the place to start.
Did somebody mention large media markets? Well it doesn’t get much bigger than ‘The Big Apple’, which is ranked number one in the nation.
New York is home to one of the most diverse populations in all the world, which means all the more chance of there being some rugby fans ready to cheer on a new team. And if not, they could be waiting for an excuse to cheer for anybody but the Jets or Giants.
Teams in other leagues have found success in New York both on and off the pitch already. Old Blue of New York and the New York Athletic Club, both of the American Premiership league, have made strides in terms of their community outreach, as well as their level of competition on the pitch (Old Blue currently sits atop the standings).
The big city life might also be alluring to international names as well. We’ve already seen teams such as Denver and San Francisco sign impact players Pedrie Wannenburg and Orene Ai’I respectively. Imagine what it might mean for a player to be the face of a franchise in one of America’s greatest urban meccas.
This one in my opinion seems the most likely out of all the others. Rugby has always had a larger presence in Canada than in the States, and if you’re trying to grow an audience, it’s best to reach far and wide.
Organized rugby already has a very strong presence in the province as a whole, with the B.C Rugby Union boasting over 7,900 registered members among 59 clubs. This statistic alone gives you two very key demographics; One, it gives you a huge local talent pool with which you can scout and develop players. Two, it gives you a whole lot more people who are interested in watching rugby.
And, since it’s been noted with the last two choices, I suppose it’s worth mentioning that Vancouver has the third largest Canadian media market.
When it comes to the tenacity of fan bases, look no further than the city of brotherly love. I can tell you from personal experience, Philly fans are absolutely crazy. Then again, in order to truly assimilate with American sports culture, perhaps that’s exactly what we need.
Though there are several smaller leagues around the greater Philadelphia area, Philly’s top squad are known as the Schuylkill River Exiles, who currently sit in second place of the Mid-Atlantic Senior Men’s Division 1. A division, which also happens to include the neighboring and ever dominant Rocky Gorge Rugby Club. Both clubs hold enormous potential in their players.
Just how big could a Philly fan base get you ask? Well, Philadelphia sits in second place on our list of media market sizes, at number four in the country. The outreach potential is huge, and in one of the most sport-dedicated cities in the country.
In part two of our four part series “Gotta Do Better”, we take a look at a few running backs who have something to prove in 2016.
Lamar Miller: Houston Texans
The first name on the list might be a bit of a surprise to some, but to others like myself, it makes perfect sense. Miller didn’t remain quiet when it came to voicing his displeasure in regards the amount of touches he got per game with the Miami Dolphins.
Over the course of four years, Miller was handed the ball a total of 638 times, for an average of 159.5 attempts per season. With the workload he was given, Miller was able to rack up a total of 2,930 yards for an impressive average of 4.6 yards per carry.
Those numbers might seem like the start to an impressive and promising career, but for Miller, he believes he can do better. He will get the chance to do just that in Houston, after being inked to a 4-year deal worth a total of $26 million.
Although that’s a nice pay day for a young stud who has shown more than just flashes of brilliance, Miller will be under the same pressure as any other player who just signed a big contract, if not more due to the fact he was so vocal about desiring a larger role. It’s time for Miller to put up or shut up, and prove he’s worth the dough and the touches.
Demarco Murray: Tennessee Titans
Nobody should be surprised to see this name listed here. The NFL rushing champion of 2014’s career took a sudden nose dive when he jumped ship from Dallas to Philadelphia in the ensuing offseason.
The thinking was that Murray would be able to bring his ground and pound style to the other side of the NFC East and make it work. However, that style just didn’t seem to fit the vision or system that Chip Kelly had instilled.
Rather than running Murray up the middle, which is where he found the majority of his success in Dallas, Kelly would send him on these weird sweep and hook routes where Murray would have to rely on his speed rather than his power.
All that came of that plan was a ton of one and two yard gains, and a bunch more three and outs. Now, having gotten a much needed fresh start with the Titans in Nashville, Murray hopes the newly appointed head coach Mike Mularkey will be able to put him in the best position to succeed, much like what Jason Garrett did in Dallas.
If not, Murray might find himself in the same position that Chris Johnson did a few years ago. A talented back, whose peak of their career unfortunately lasted only one season.
Melvin Gordon- San Diego
The rookie year of San Diego’s first round draft choice out of Wisconsin didn’t quite go as planned. Before the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, there was a lot of debate about who would be the first running back taken off the board, Todd Gurley, or Melvin Gordon?
While Gurley won the race and flourished with over 1,000 yards rushing for the Rams, Gordon seemed to plateau at a level just barely above mediocre (641 yds, 3.5 avg, 0 TD), before being placed on injured reserve for the remaining two games of the season. Now, with his rehab on schedule and a year of experience under his belt, Gordon has go to prove his pedigree this year, or at the very least that he can get into the end zone.
Phillip Rivers has a shiny new deep threat in Travis Benjamin this year, but that won’t mean he’ll be able to keep the offense alive on his own by throwing it 30-40 times a game, especially as he gets on in age. If Gordon doesn’t break at least 800 mark by the end of this season, expect the ‘bust’ label to get thrown around.
Matt Jones- Washington
With the departure of Alfred Morris into free agency, Matt Jones is left as the de facto starter on the depth chart. In his rookie year, the Florida product rushed for a total of 490 yards with three touchdowns.
Morris didn’t exactly leave big shoes to fill, having only rushed for 751 yards in 2015 himself. However, what that does mean is that the team will be looking for some stability at the position. And they could find that by either having Jones stepping up into the role of a lead back, or by picking up a veteran or draftee before the start of training camp.
Essentially, the job is Jones’s to lose. After being compared to the likes of Demarco Murray last year, the pressure to produce in only his second year will be on.
All of our featured players on this week’s list have flashed tons of potential in the past. What each has to worry about, is showing the consistency that teams look for when it comes to the game changing plays. Which means more visits to the end zone, and a higher average rate per attempt.
Check back next week when we take a look at Wide Receivers.
We find ourselves just one month away from the start of the inaugural season of PRO Rugby North America. Teams have been acquiring talent from all over America, but that talent pool is also set to include a number of international players as well. Take a look at some of the top talent coming in to the league from abroad.
Orene Ai’I- San Francisco
A native from Samoa, Ai’I could perhaps be the most recognizable name on this list. Having moved around from club to club since the early 2000’s (winning the Super Rugby championship with the Blues in 2003), he got his career’s greatest honor in 2005, when he was named the IRB World 7’s player of the year.
Most recently, Ai’I has been representing the NZ club team Life West Chiropractic, as well as representing New Zealand on the IRB Sevens Circuit.
Pedrie Wannenburg- Denver
Most recently making his pitch appearances with the French Rugby Union team Oyonnax, Wannenburg made a name for himself for being a fierce back row player for South Africa’s Rugby Union team The Bulls (no, he wasn’t teammates with Dereck Rose).
Having been allowed to represent the South Africa national team over 20 times in his career, Wannenburg is sure to bring a significant boost in competition on the pitch this year in the PRO Rugby inaugural season.
Micro Bergamasco- Sacramento
Another name with ample experience on the national circuit, Bergamasco has made a total of 89 appearances representing his home country of Italy. Most recently, he has been playing for the Italian Rugby Union team Zebre (Zebras), and appears to have rugby in his blood, as both his father and brother are both respectively a former and current international player.
Bergamasco first made a name for himself in the 2003 6 Nations tournament, where he scored three tries for Italy. Unfortunately, he missed all but two of Italy’s games in the ensuing world cup when he broke his jaw. Fortunately, he was able to rebound during the 2006 6 Nations, where he was considered one of the major standouts of Europe’s largest rugby event.
Phil Mackenzie- San Diego
A native of Ontario, Canada, Phil Mackenzie first made a name for himself as a member of Canada’s U-19 team, as well as both a member of Canada’s Rugby Union and national team. He has also made previous appearances with clubs in England such as Coventry, Esher, and London Welsh.
In 2011, Mackenzie impressed many on the national stage, when he scored two tries in the 2011 World Cup, one of which being the game winner versus Tonga.
If you take a look at each position of the players listed, you notice a trend in wings and centers, which is a smart move if you’re actually trying to get the ball in the try-zone. If you have a strong scrum of bulky and gritty players who can win a ruck, it will pay off dividends if you can get it out to the more experienced players on the outside, who will use their acquired knowledge of the game to finesse the ball up the pitch.
The trend in international experience, in events such as the 6 Nations and RWC, are also very apparent. The young talent of the league is going to have to adjust to a whole new spotlight being shined on them. It won’t hurt to provide some locker room leadership who will have had some experience with life off the pitch as well as one.
Though we can expect some big things from our international signees, the real intrigue lies with the newly acquired American-based talent, most of whom are unknowns in the international scene. Stay tuned for more as the season approaches.
Denver Gets Fifth Team Nod, 12 Game Schedule
-By Liam Madigan-Fried
At long last, professional rugby has come to the United States. The Professional Rugby Organization (PRO), is the first club rugby league based here in the U.S to be sanctioned by both World Rugby and USA Rugby respectively.
In its first year, the league will feature five teams. The host cities were being announced on an ongoing basis for several months now, and were revealed to be from the cities of Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Obetz, Ohio, and the most recently revealed city of Denver. The club names of each team have yet to be revealed.
With this inaugural year, they plan to have each team play a total of 12 matches between the months of April and July, with the entire month of June acting as an ‘International Play’ break, much like the Olympic break taken by the NHL.
The highest paid U.S based players of the league are expected to make upwards of $20,000 per year on some contracts, whereas some international players can expect to get contracts in the $40,000 range. In order to fill out teams and maximize the amount of talent available, PRO Rugby will be reaching into the talent pool of the many club leagues around the country.
The USA Rugby sanctioned club leagues will be acting like a minor league of sorts where young players can develop their skills, much like what we see in the MLB, NHL and NBA. Depending on performance and needs, teams will be able to pick players up as the season goes along, as well as send them back down.
Though no word yet as to whether there will be any kind of NFL style ‘draft’ for college players, what we do know is that there will be open combines around the country where rugby players from all over can showcase their skills in an attempt to fulfill their dreams of playing professional rugby. PRO Rugby will be running the combines in conjunction with Tiger Rugby, which according to their website is “an approved USA Rugby National Development Academy.”
Unfortunately for Rugby fans, you won’t be able to tune to ESPN on your television to watch matches (at least for this season). However, fans will be able to live stream matches online when the season kicks off April 17th.
Check back here at Penguin Tundra Sports as the season approaches for more news and analysis for what this season has to bring.
There's a Chance, but I Doubt it.
It seems weird now when you think about it. At one point in time, there were no RG3 oft-injured jokes, or constant blog and newscast chatter where the word ‘bust’ is thrown around like a Frisbee. At one point, it might have even seemed like the ship ton of picks the Redskins sent off to the Rams (three first rounders and one second rounder) in exchange for the right to draft the Baylor QB might’ve been worth it. That seems like a long time ago.
Well, as of today, March, 7th 2016, the end of one of the most infamous and frustrating eras in Washington D.C has come to an end. And no, I’m not talking about the passing of the late Jude Scalia.
RG3 came into this league with great promise. Drafted second overall in 2012, Griffin captivated fans with his running back quality legs as well as his rocket arm. However, his rookie season ended in dismay as much as it did success.
During an attempt to scramble versus the Baltimore Ravens, Griffin took a wrecking-ball scale hit from Ngata that ended the season for the youngster, and essentially any hope of the Redskins advancing in the playoffs. Since then, RG3 has been in a perpetual state of comeback mode.
Unfortunately, 2 more injuries since then have hindered that comeback process. A minor knee injury early in the 2015 preseason sent Griffin tumbling down the depth chart behind the recently franchised tagged Kirk Cousins and the former Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
So now, after not playing a single regular season snap in all of 2015, Griffin now heads out into the mysterious and anxiety causing world of free agency. There’s no doubt that some team will give the former first round pick a shot, the question is, will he get the chance to start?
People will point to teams like the Browns, Rams or 49ers as the most likely landing spots, due to their glaring needs under center. But, is an injury prone scrambling quarterback really what a team in the midst of a re-build needs to build around?
What about the Rams? L.A is a team that is one competent signal caller away from taking over the NFC. Are they actually going to think Griffin is the guy to put them over the top? I doubt it.
The 49ers could make sense I suppose. If Chip Kelly was able to milk ten wins out of a young Nick Foles, then there’s a chance he could do the same for Griffin, especially in a system that seems much for suited for his skill set than it was for Foles.
However, the 49ers hold the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft. Which means they will more than likely have at least one or two of the top quarterback prospects available to them. If somebody like Goff, Wentz or Lynch is available, don’t expect Chip Kelly to pass that up.
More than likely, I believe RG3 will be heading to a team where he will be yet another backup with a first round pedigree. Jerry Jones has expressed his admiration for Griffin in the past, and if things go right, he could find himself as the heir apparent to Tony Romo (and that is a big ‘if’).
With the media hype around the former Washington savior having mostly died down, let’s hope Robert can find the right situation where he can move his career forward in the most positive manner possible.
Before the draft or free agency have even begun, already we see several players being put on the hot seat by both their teams and themselves to do better in 2016. The motivation for such an outlook in some cases could be that there’s a contract where big money is involved, or because it’s more of a ‘one more chance’ kind of deal. So for the next 4 weeks, we here at PTS are going to take a look at the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and coaches who either need to take the next step, or step it up in 2016.
In the wake of Payton Manning’s retirement, the Broncos saw fit to extend the former second rounder an offer of $45 million over a span of three years. Despite seeming very comfortable in Gary Kubiak’s offense on his way to a 5-2 record as a starter, the fourth-year passer may still decide to test his value on the open market, in case any quarterback needy teams such as the Browns or Rams decide to shell out big money.
Either way, Brock is set up for a big pay day sometime this month; but signing a contract and earning your paycheck are two different things. On January 3rd vs the Chargers (his last game as a starter), Osweiler was benched after throwing two interceptions in a single half in favor of the recently activated Payton Manning, who was just barely recovered from a torn plantar fascia in his foot,
Osweiler is a unique physical specimen, with the ability to remain calm in the pocket and make any throw you need him too. Nobody’s asking him to come out next year and be the next Payton Manning, but what he needs to do is just the same as any other quarterback. Which is cut down on the mental mistakes and practice putting the ball where he needs it to be as accurately as possible.
The only thing with Osweiler that’s different this year, is that he needs to prove that he can be consistent in his improvement over a whole season, rather than just seven games. If he can take this next step, he has all the tools to be successful no matter what team he’s on.
The former number one overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft had hopes that Chip Kelly’s so-called ‘quarterback friendly’ system could revive his career after a rash of injuries had a hand in bringing his time in St. Louis to an end. Bradford didn’t quite find what he was looking for with Kelly (7-7 record, 3,725 yards, 19 TD’s, 14 INT’s), but he demonstrated down the stretch a return to the form that once won him Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Eagles seemed to think that Bradford, who for once is going into the offseason healthy, can keep that form going into 2016 under new head coach Doug Pederson. Last week, the Birds inked the Oklahoma product to a $35 million contract with $22 million in guarantees paired with an $11 million signing bonus.
The thinking with this contract is that Bradford now has 2 years to prove he can be the Eagles long term solution under center. If not, the organization is sure to take a quarterback in this year’s draft who will have those two years to grow accustomed to the speed of the game and Pederson’s system.
Once a hair-width away from a Super Bowl victory, Colin Kaepernick is the very personification of the term “how the mighty have fallen”. Having regressed over his last two years in San Francisco, there are many people saying that the former University of Nevada passer’s time is coming to an end on The Bay.
Just days after the organization made it clear they wanted Kaepernick to stay in a Niner’s jersey next season, reports started coming out that Kaepernick’s camp had requested permission to seek out a trade. Does that sound like a quarterback who is happy with the situation he’s in?
Whether Kap lands on another team or stays in San Francisco, this could be his last chance to be considered a starter in this league. If he doesn’t prove to be a better option than Blaine Gabbert, then there’s no way any team could ever possibly consider him a viable option as a franchise passer.
If Kaepernick hopes to regain the momentum of his rookie season, he has to dig down deep, and hope Chip Kelly can do for him what he did for Nick Foles.
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