Colin Kaepernick’s name comes up often as Blake Bortles struggles in preseason contest


Blake Bortles has 51 interceptions in 46 NFL games, while Colin Kaepernick has 30 in 69 games. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Blake Bortles came into the season on shaky ground, generated negative headlines during training camp and, on Thursday, had a dismal preseason outing televised to a national audience. Afterward, Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone said the starting quarterback job was “right up there for grabs” between Bortles and backup Chad Henne.

Meanwhile, more than a few online observers had another suggestion: How about Colin Kaepernick?

As has been widely noted, the former 49ers quarterback has been out of work since entering free agency in March, even as a succession of quarterbacks with much poorer résumés have been signed. Many believe Kaepernick is essentially being shunned by NFL owners for fear of fan backlash following his national anthem protests last season, but Jacksonville may have to worry about some angry fans if it keeps putting Bortles under center.

A couple of plays, in particular, brought out the boo-birds at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field during a preseason game against the Buccaneers. Both of them involved throws that badly missed the Jags’ top receiver, Allen Robinson, reminding everyone of video from a recent practice in which a frustrated Robinson muttered that his errant quarterback needed “keep that s—

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/08/18/colin-kaepernicks-name-comes-up-often-as-blake-bortles-struggles-in-preseason-contest/

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