San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., on October 16, 2016. The receivers are Atlanta area-based, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added they are expected to be players who participated in preseason games, so they will have recent in-game experience.
Although the timing and details of the workout have been greeted with scepticism in some quarters, Kaepernick welcomed the league move on Tuesday.
Kaepernick, a free agent who claimed the NFL and its teams colluded to keep him from playing following his refusal to stand during the National Anthem, tweeted Tuesday he's ready.
He also said, "I'll quote Malcolm X, 'If you stick a knife nine inches down my back and pull it out six, it's not progress, there is still a knife in my back.' So, we'll see what happens".
While Reid and Kaepernick are skeptical about the workout, the 32-year-old quarterback is ready for his audition, which is reportedly set to be attended by representatives from the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.
A video of the workout, along with an interview, will be prepared and sent to every head coach and general manager in the league.
Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid - Kaepernick's team-mate at the 49ers - said the workout "feels like a PR stunt" on Wednesday. Kaepernick has been away from the National Football League for almost three years in a contentious situation centered on his protests of police brutality and social injustice.
Just because those teams are attending a workout doesn't mean any will sign Kaepernick. "It didn't make a whole lot of sense", the source told me.
Not only do the Redskins now have a semblance of a plan at the QB spot, but they also are likely the last franchise that Kaepernick - a social justice warrior - would play for, considering that their mascot has been seen as a racist symbol by many groups in the nation. "But I think like anybody, we're just kind of all waiting to see".
One advocate Kaepernick would have in the Texans locker room is All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who wore a Kaepernick jersey upon arriving to NRG Stadium for a Texans game on December 2, 2018. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.
During the height of his success, Kaepernick's passer rating at the time was also among the worst in the league with 61 percent of his passes completed, ranking him No. 23.