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Thursday open thread: Should the Lions sign Colin Kaepernick?

Should the Lions upgrade their backup quarterback?

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The Detroit Lions might be without quarterback Matthew Stafford for a second week in a row after he missed last week’s game against Chicago with an injured back. Jeff Driskel played a decent enough game against the Bears, but he isn’t the type of guy that will be able to carry you through the season.

Given the unknown circumstances surrounding Stafford’s injury, it’s tempting to start trying to look elsewhere.

And it looks like the Lions could be doing just that.

On Wednesday, head coach Matt Patricia met with the media and confirmed that the Lions will attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday in Atlanta.

“As an organization, we always do our due diligence on all players that are available,” Patricia said. “So I know Bob (Quinn) and his staff will have someone down there to watch the workout and we’ll see where that goes.”

Patrica was also quick to praise Jeff Driskel’s performance on Sunday.

“I was really pleased with Jeff and the way that he played in the game,” Patricia said. “I thought the poise, for him to be able to go in and do what he did, I thought was really good. His understanding of what we needed to do and the game plan. So I think that’s where we are as a team, but I know that we always do our due diligence with that stuff.”

So, the Lions seem happy with Driskel, but they’re also doing their due diligence on Colin Kaepernick.

And that brings us to today’s question:

Should the Lions sign Colin Kaepernick?

My Answer: No

Our very own Mike Payton put together a solid argument for why the Lions should sign Kaepernick, but I still can’t see the Lions’ going after him.

To me it’s a pretty simple answer: the Lions aren’t in the middle of a playoff hunt and this way they can get a live view of Driskel to see if he’s worth keeping in the long run.

The other factor is that throughout his tenure with the Lions, Bob Quinn has put very little effort into trying to solidify the backup quarterback spot. Guys like Jake Rudock and Matt Cassel were mediocre quarterbacks at best who offered no long-term hope if Stafford gets hurt.

I don’t see Quinn taking such a hard pivot now in the middle of the season.

Your turn!


Should the Lions sign Colin Kaepernick?

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