Colin Kaepernick deserves endorsement even if he’s not in the NFL More SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell spoke to his sources within Seattle’s organization and uncovers a different story of how their issues with Kaepernick unfolded. You can forgive the Adidas executive who on Friday said the company would be interested in signing a deal with Colin Kaepernick, apparently unaware Kaepernick has an existing deal with Nike. The forgiveness ends there. Inexplicably, Nike did not bother to clear up the situation until late Wednesday afternoon.
But, as Heath alluded to, it served as a reminder of the business side of the sport. That’s a part of life. Nothing lasts forever, Jones said. He was an incredibly dominant receiver here and I was lucky to see it and be a part of his dominance while he was here. Jones said his level of play went to another level because of Bryant and he will miss their one-on-one battles in practice.
But what about the rest? Who are the other top options for teams in need of a quarterback?
Earlier on, teams will have to decide between Kyle Lauletta, who soared after an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, and Luke Falk, the large-bodied passer out of Washington State with a deep arm. In the mid- to late rounds, Nic Shimonek has potential, and some team is likely to buy low on J.T. Barrett’s athleticism.
Let’s meet the sleepers at the most important position in football.
Kyle Lauletta entered Senior Bowl week as an intriguing FCS prospect with questions to answer. The most significant one was common for quarterbacks from lower-tier schools: Can he look comfortable against a higher-caliber defense, particularly alongside other passers who have received far more hype?
The answer came quickly, as Lauletta impressed in practice throughout the week and then ripped up the game itself. He threw three second-half touchdown passes and finished the Senior Bowl with 198 yards through the air, which immediately vaulted him into Day 2 consideration.
Lauletta is the ideal target for a team with a fine short-term solution at quarterback and other priorities in the first round. The New England Patriots are one such example, as Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier noted earlier this month.