Plenty has been made of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s physical appearance since his offseason surgery. He’s skinny and looks slimmer than his listed weight of 225 pounds.
San Francisco coach Chip Kelly said Monday that Kaepernick needs to continue to work on the “physical aspect” of things despite Kap’s affirmation he is ready to start now.
“To get the full Kap for what you need – the potential that he has – he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things,” Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kaepernick said he plans to eat “lots of food” to make up for the weight loss but also told the Chronicle he’s ready to play when Kelly wants to put him in.
“Whenever he feels I’m ready to step on that field, and he’s ready to put me out there, I’ll be ready and willing,” Kaepernick said.
As of late, the QB is better known for his silent protest of the national anthem. His kneeling set off a national conversation on racial injustice and was followed by other high-profile athletes and teams also protesting in their own way.
Kaepernick, a second-round draft pick in 2011, had surgeries on his left knee and right thumb in January, two months after undergoing left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.