Extra Points: Kap, Savage, Browner, Johnson

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is working out five days a week and is back to his 2013 weight, 230 pounds, as he awaits a potential NFL opportunity, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports. Thanks partially (perhaps entirely) to his social activism, Kaepernick hasn’t garnered a single offer since he and the 49ers parted ways in March. While the 29-year-old would like to resume his career, he’s not saying it publicly because he worries that doing so would lead to further claims that he’s a distraction, Florio suggests.

More from around the game:

  • After insisting throughout the offseason that Tom Savage would be their starting quarterback in 2017, the Texans bailed on him just one half into a 29-7 Week 1 loss to Jacksonville in which their offensive line imploded. The Texans have since turned the reins over to first-round rookie Deshaun Watson, a decision Savage’s agent, Neil Schwartz, spoke with Florio about on Wednesday. As you’d expect, Schwartz isn’t pleased with the move. “I watched all 31 plays, because that was the extent of what Tom saw in the first half,” Schwartz said. “And I can’t figure out why he’s benching Tom. I went through every single play and I even went one step further. I asked two different NFL personnel people (or) coaches on two separate teams to evaluate and break down the film to see if I was missing something. He went 7 for 13 … 12 of the 13 balls touched the receiver’s hands. The only ball that didn’t was the strip-sack fumble that they called incomplete (upon replay). Seven were completions, five were drops” (all of Schwartz’s comments are available here via the Houston Chronicle’s Greg Rajan). Schwartz does have the backing of Pro Football Focus, which ranked Savage’s season-opening performance 15th among 31 signal-callers. Watson came in last.
  • Having not played in the NFL since his dreadful 2015 showing in New Orleans, free agent cornerback Brandon Browner is obviously facing an uphill battle to return to the league. The odds of the ex-Seahawks star making a comeback look even worse now, as Browner was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday on felony charges of making criminal threats to a woman, TMZ reports. The two-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t drawn any known interest since the Seahawks released him in August 2016 (even after playing in the the Spring League this year), and that probably isn’t going to change.
  • The Cardinals are hoping to get running back David Johnson “back by Thanksgiving or Christmas,” coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM. The initial word on Johnson’s wrist injury has been that he could be out for two to three months. Arians’ timetable seems to jibe with that.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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10 comments on “Extra Points: Kap, Savage, Browner, Johnson

  1. JD396

    If he wanted a backup job to begin with he’d be on a roster right now

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  2. dodgerfan711

    Hope it was worth it to Kap to throw away his whole career.

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  3. bkuhl14

    if kap signed for what a “normal” backup qb signed for he would have a job by now.

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  4. Andre Dawson's eyebrow

    maybe he shouldn’t have used that option and tried to restructure San Fran looks like they could use a qb

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    • rays3269

      Why would they do that? Please explain Jake Ruddock looked good in the preseason and Kap is not good enough to be as much of a distraction as he’ll be with the media if signed

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  5. billypucks

    I call bullshit!
    He’s not stating he wants to come back because in his heart he rather be a community activist then a football player and he’s a head is all scrambled up with his GF so his heart is not into football. Why would any team sign him for that reason alone plus he’s honestly not very good and lastly he’s misinformed and arrogant about his stance! Go run for office in Portland, you’ll fit right in there.

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  6. InvalidUserID

    It doesn’t seem like he wants to be a football player anymore though it’s not like he’s a social justice person either. I don’t see him marching, giving speeches or anything. He’s donated some, yes, but he’s just letting all the social capital roll in from his kneeling.

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  7. leefieux

    He should try the CFL? No National Anthem there (at least the USA version). :) 😉

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