The Athletic surveyed 85 defensive players across 25 teams, and 81 of those said Kaepernick deserved to be in the NFL.
And there is one quarterback the defensive players surveyed were almost unanimous on: Colin Kaepernick. "And a majority of the teams with two quarterbacks, he should be the backup", one anonymous player told The Athletic.
When asked which quarterback Kaepernick should replace, 20% of the players polled pointed to Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles, who was benched toward the end of last season in favor of Cody Kessler. Another 18 percent voted for Nathan Peterman who put up historically poor numbers whenever he took the field. Two players voted no and two players issued a "no comment" on the subject. "And some places he should be the starter". It showed the league's defensive players still have plenty of respect for the old guard - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in particular - but the young quarterbacks have the league buzzing as well.
Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL as he remains out of the league following his protests of racial injustice during the national anthem.