Bills’ McCoy Says Kaepernick a Distraction

Orchard Park, n.y. — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy believes one reason teams haven’t signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick is because he represents too much of a distraction for a player who likely would be a backup.

“It’s a lot more than just he’s not on the team because he doesn’t want to stand for the national anthem,” McCoy said at his locker on Thursday.

“That may have something to do with it, but I think also it has a lot to do with his play.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after last season. Some fans have complained that he is not with a team because owners and the NFL are punishing him for refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks.

“There’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions, and there’s other players that it’s not good enough or not worth it,” McCoy said.

He said it’s easier on teams to take on a distraction if it involves a star player such as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He said that’s not the case with Kaepernick because Kaepernick would have difficulty making some rosters.

“He’s really not that good of a player, you know what I’m saying?” he said.

McCoy didn’t change his stance when his former Eagles teammate Michael Vick was brought up as comparison, even though a distinction was made that Vick had been convicted of a crime. Vick signed with Philadelphia after spending 18 months in prison on dog fighting charges, drawing criticism from some fans who believed he should not be allowed to play pro football. Kaepernick has not been accused of any crimes.

“That’s a great example. Take a guy like Michael Vick, who went through all that he went through,” McCoy said. “He’s 10 times better than Kaepernick. So you’ll deal with that situation, you’ll deal with that attention, the media aspect of it, the good, the bad attention to it compared to Kaepernick.”

Senior HOF Finalists Announced

Canton, Ohio — Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer were picked as the senior finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

Brazile went to seven Pro Bowls and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1970s as a linebacker with the Houston Oilers.

Kramer helped Green Bay win five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls, and the guard was voted to both the 1960s All-Decade team and the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team in 1969.

Thursday’s Preseason Games

Panthers 24, Jaguars 23

Jacksonville, Fla. — Seing live action for the first time since last season’s finale, Cam Newton completed both of his passes for 21 yards and a touchdown in Carolina’s victory over Jacksonville.

Newton’s 9-yard slant pass to Kelvin Benjamin capped a 10-play opening drive that showed Panthers coach Ron Rivera all he needed to see from his star quarterback. Newton spent the rest of the night watching from the sideline.

Eagles 38, Dolphins 31

Philadelphia — Carson Wentz tossed touchdown passes to both of his new receivers, Mychal Kendricks returned an interception 31 yards for a score and Philadelphia beat Miami.

Playing his second game since coming out of retirement, Dolphins QB Jay Cutler was 5 of 8 for 105 yards and one TD.

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