The topic of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick being a potential fit with the Patriots has been a popular one in recent weeks.
Given the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and the growing support for the former Super Bowl QB’s return to the NFL – including from Commissioner Roger Goodell – plenty have posed the possibility that Kaepernick might make sense in New England.
The Patriots, after all, are scrambling to find a starting quarterback after Tom Brady’s free agent departure. Second-year former fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham is the presumed starter, with veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer in his third tour of duty with the team to back him up.
It’s not exactly an impressive, proven QB depth chart.
If Kaepernick did make sense for the Patriots, how would the team handle the potential distraction he would bring to the team?
According to former Patriots defensive end and current ESPN analyst Rob Ninkovich, that wouldn’t be a problem at all. Ninkovich explained exactly how the Patriots handle such situations in an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” on Monday.
“Bringing guys in that could be a distraction, Bill Belichick is able to take the whole team, you come together, you have a team meeting, he explains everything to you and everyone just goes on as regular business,” Ninkovich said, as transcribed by NBC Sports Boston. “Every single day, you come in, you work on your craft and you try to be better individually as a player and try to come together as a team.
"I think Bill Belichick is if not the best, one of the best to ever bring a team together no matter who’s on the roster, no matter what they have at his disposal. He’s able to bring guys together from all over different parts. So I think that Kaepernick in a Patriots locker room would not be a distraction.”