, T.J. Yates, and Mark Sanchez, some are wondering why Colin Kaepernick has been overlooked, again.Mike Jones of USA Today reported via tweet on Sunday evening that “people familiar w Kap aren鈥檛 even so sure he WANTS to play anymore.” For those people familiar with Kaepernick who aren’t sure he wants to play, know this: He does.According to a source with direct knowledge of Kaepernick’s mindset and ongoing physical activities and preparation, Kaepernick wants to play. He continues to work out five hours per day, six days per week for one reason and one reason alone. He wants to play.None of this means he’ll get a chance. With each passing opening for which he isn’t considered, it becomes more and more clear that the phone won’t ring, even after Nike’s decision to align with Kaepernick seemed to be a net positive for the shoe and apparel company and the return of safety Eric Reid to football did not stop the football world from spinning.Still, to the extent that Washington or any other team is tempted to hide behind perceived uncertainty regarding Kaepernick’s desire to play
, that would be a false narrative. He wants to play. Jarrett Stidham, QBSchool: Auburn | Conference: SECCollege Experience: RS Junior | Age: 22Height / Weight: 6-3 / 215lbsProjected Draft Status: 3rd-4th roundNFL Comparison: Derek CarrCollege StatisticsPlayer OverviewJarrett Stidham has had a roller coaster collegiate career, to say the least. He was the number one dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school in Texas. Stidham committed to Baylor where he played under then-rockstar head coach Art Briles. As a true freshman, he played in 10 games, throwing for 12 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and 1,265 yards with a 69% completion percentage and 11.6 Y/A. In short, he looked liked an upcoming star.After the Baylor scandal that pretty much nuked their football program, Stidham transferred to JUCO for a year. He then transferred to Auburn to restart his college career. In 2017, he was named second team All-SEC and SEC Newcomer of the Year. Stidham was a projected first-round pick by some
, but he decided to return to Auburn for his redshirt junior season. 2018 was a hugely disappointing season for Auburn as a team. Stidham’s stats declined, but didn’t crater. Auburn lacked 1) talented weapons on offense and 2) offensive adaptability; many blamed head coach Gus Malzahn for their woes. Stidham is a talented player with an impressive pedigree, but has failed to capture the attention of the draft community largely due to issues out of his control. StrengthsThrows a catchable ball with nice touch and anticipation; plenty of zip, but doesn’t possess a cannonGood accuracy to place the ball where he wants on a receiver or lead him between zones; above-average deep ball accuracyPlus athleticism as a quarterback; multi-sport athlete (basketball, track); can do damage with his legsQuality size and build, although not prototypicalRecognized as a leader by coaches, teammates, named team captain and made decision to play in final bowl gameWeaknessesOften panics when initial look isn’t there; can lead to negative plays or careless turnoversHappy feet in the pocket causes poor accuracy and delivery mechanics — needs to slow his footwork down and maintain a stable platformMediaHow He’d Fit on the RedskinsA lot of the negative traits scouts attribute to Stidham can be explained, in part, by the predictability of Auburn’s offense. Head coach Gus Malzahn is a huge fan of receiver screens and shot plays
, which meant when the initial look was covered, the quarterback often had nowhere to go with the ball. This lead to Stidham either taking a negative play or forcing throws, shoddy pocket presence and a sped-up internal clock.There were bright spots, though, and Stidham showed he could continually move the ball despite the offense’s limitations. In his final college game, Stidham & Co. throttled Purdue 63-14 in the Music City Bowl, and he threw for 373 yards and five touchdowns. For all the flak that Gruden gets, I think he is a better passing game coordinator than Malzahn and has answers built into his offense. He can also work with Stidham’s athletic ability to move him outside the pocket. He’s exhibited good leadership qualities in two years at Auburn to lead a group of men. At worst I see Stidham sticking around as a backup, and his ceiling is a mid-level starter in the NFL.