The Chiefs quarterback depth isn’t what is needs to be behind Patrick Mahomes.
If we’re being direct, Chad Henne should maybe not be the Kansas City Chiefs emergency option should Patrick Mahomes style of play get the most useful of him in 2020. Henne, an invaluable veteran quite willing to hold a clipboard, hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2018 when that he was an associate of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Chiefs have a couple young, intriguing options behind Henne, but neither should be thrust in to action at this time, especially when there’s a former NFC Championship-winning starter on the open market.
Should the Kansas City Chiefs sign Colin Kaepernick?
Perhaps suggesting the Chiefs sign Colin Kaepernick is getting ahead of ourselves, but why don’t you bring him in for exercising? Henne isn’t the young prospect that he once was, and hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since 2015. Jordan Ta’amu was in the XFL last season, and Shea Patterson went undrafted despite having Jim Harbaugh as his head coach. Kaepernick, despite some rust, would appear to be a better option behind Mahomes.
Now, why put so much stock into Mahomes’ backup? That answer is quite obvious to anyone who’s watched the young gunslinger play. As revolutionary and otherworldly as Mahomes talks about times, that he puts himself in harm’s way usually. Mahomes missed two games last season and was replaced by Matt Moore in those starts. With Moore no further the steady hand behind Mahomes, Kaepernick could step right in and be a much better fit in an offense built for a free-wheeling, mobile quarterback.
For Kaepernick, the benefit can be clear. Such an opportunity would give him a path back to a starter’s role if he signs on a short-term handle the Super Bowl champions.
With the stigma behind signing Kap essentially gone (for the better, I may add), one serious go through the 32-year-old as a QB prospect ought to land him the backup gig in KC.