Colin Kaepernick is likely being blackballed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. There have been plenty of other reasons and excuses provided by NFL teams to explain why the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is still a free agent, but Kaepernick’s protests from the 2016 season loom large.

In a Thursday morning appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike, Adam Schefter said he believes that NFL owners have tried to keep coaches and front-office personnel from going after Kaepernick.

Do I think that certain owners have blocked teams from visits or interest? I do, I do believe that, Schefter said. And I think that there has been more interest in him from the coaching and front office level than there has been at the ownership level. So it was always going to take a unique opportunity for him to be brought in, in the right place, at the right spot, at the right time.

All jokes aside, though, other than defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Gurley is my favorite player in the NFL because he’s passionate and doesn’t give up on runs. I’m confident Gurley will have a bounce-back season, and you, NFL fan, should be excited too.

For one, Gurley has new coaches who will be whispering in his ear. McVay brought in Matt LaFleur to be the Rams’ new offensive coordinator. LaFleur was the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterbacks coach from 2015-2016. Last season, the Falcons finished with the second-ranked offense and fifth in rushing.

No, this doesn’t mean that I will only focus on Gurley and not the win-loss column. Los Angeles desperately needs to make a playoff run in the near future to keep fans happy. But until then, I’ll watch Gurley because he’s shown in the past that he can change a game with one run. Most of the time, that’s all you need.

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