Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins expresses doubts about seriousness of Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout
The NFL has scheduled a workout for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta. IT will allow all 32 teams to have a chance to see what type of shape he is in. While some believe the NFL’s decision to hold the workout is genuine, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles expresses his doubts about the seriousness of the workout.
“I have my doubts about the league,” Jenkins said on Wednesday, via Marcus Hayes of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Now the league can say, ‘Look, we gave you a chance.’ I’d be naive to not be leery. There’s been plenty of quarterbacks hurt year already, Why now?”
Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016 when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. The team then released him following his decision to kneel during the National Anthem.
Since his release, Jenkins has been a supporter of Kaepernick and believes the NFL has mistreated him. On the inverse, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid would likely argue that he isn’t a legitimate supporter of the free-agent quarterback.
When the Carolina Panthers faced the Eagles in 2018, Reid approached Jenkins before the game. He called the veteran safety a “sellout” — due to Jenkins no longer kneeling in solidarity with Kaepernick. Jenkins also aided in brokering an $89 million social justice partnership with the NFL.
Reid believes that by doing both of those things, Jenkins turned his back on Kaepernick. On the other hand, it is tough to believe the NFL is sincere in their efforts to give Kaepernick a shot to return to the NFL.
The workout scheduled for Kaepernick on Saturday was non-negotiable and the team’s officials that make an appearance won’t be made public. What coaches, owners or scouts are going to spend Saturday, a day before gameday and on college football’s day, to watch Kaepernick throw?