Will Redskins sign Colin Kaepernick with Mark Sanchez now starting at QB?

Will Redskins sign Colin Kaepernick with Mark Sanchez now starting at QB?

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Will Redskins sign Colin Kaepernick with Mark Sanchez now starting at QB?

The season-ending leg injury to Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy opens the door for the team to sign a free agent that is more capable than Mark Sanchez — which leaves the door wide open for Colin Kaepernick.

McCoy suffered a broken right fibula, which will require surgery to correct, and it sure looked like Michael Bennett may have put a cheap shot on him to cause the injury (watch here).

As such, Mark Sanchez entered the game in the second quarter, and, well he was terrible. Sanchez completed nine of 17 passes for 85 yards, with two interceptions. He and the offense mustered a field goal to end the first half, but they were shut out in the final two quarters — not even crossing midfield. That’s what second-half adjustments look like, and the Giants, Titans, Jaguars and Eagles (again) will follow that script on how to shut the Redskins offense down.

The tape is out on Sanchez, with the (6-6) Redskins still in the playoff hunt, but another loss could end their season. Currently, they’re listed as 1-point favorites over the Giants in Week 14 — a game you can get betting advice on for here — although that could change with McCoy now out.

However, there’s one player that the league doesn’t have tape on, who could come in, and would be an upgrade over Sanchez: Kaepernick. Kaep will certainly be motivated, as he knows his next chance could be his final one, and he would pair well with the Redskins run game (Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, etc.). If anything, he’s better than any of these guys, as it relates to backup quarterbacks (which the team will need to sign immediately, even if they elect to roll with Sanchez).

If anything, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins still believes Kaep can play. He threw his support behind him by wearing his jersey on Sunday.

There’s a lot of backlash for Kaepernick, but judging by skill set alone, he’d be an upgrade over Sanchez. The Redskins need to win games to remain in the playoff hunt, and it sure doesn’t look like Sanchez is the guy to lead them to victory. And Kaepernick — to his credit — did once lead his 49ers to a Super Bowl, and was a near-completion to Michael Crabtree away from potentially winning it.

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