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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid working out together in isolation as NFL call eludes them


On a quiet field in Cal State East Bay, two of the biggest lightning rods in sports took their reps. For the last two days, former 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have been practicing in East Bay to little fanfare, trying to stay in shape and wait for another NFL opportunity according to Cam Inman of The Mercury News. Neither player has signed an NFL contract since the anthem protests that kicked off a firestorm across the football and political worlds. Per the report, neither player was interested in talking to Inman.

Reid did, however, joke about catching passes from Kaepernick during their drills: I should have been a receiver. Neither Colin Kaepernick nor Eric Reid have signed a new contract with an NFL team since their anthem protests.

More What connection do Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick have? Beyond the fact that they were teammates on the 49ers for four seasons, the two also protested together and then for one another. Reid had previously speculated that his support for Kaepernick would lead to a similar experience in free agency and so far, it has.

Reid, caught off guard by the line of questioning, wasn’t willing to make a commitment on the spot. Last month, Reid said he’s currently not planning to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the anthem.

But Reid, who is considering other options for bringing attention to societal issues he considers to be important, hasn’t made any final decisions, and he wasn’t willing to do so at the direct request and behest of Brown. Florio added that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis later asked Reid if he wanted to clarify what he’d told Brown. Reid declined to do so.

He brings leadership that I think we don’t have on this team; he knows how to deal with adversity, Devin McCourty said Tuesday, per ESPN.

Sometimes we get in a routine — we’ve won a lot of football games — and it’s always good to hear a different perspective of what it takes so you’re not kind of getting worn down or thinking this is too much. You get a perspective from him going 0-16. He always tells me, ‘Last year, worst year ever.’ I think hearing that motivates you and lets you know you’re doing the right things that push you.

New England saw a slight exodus of defensive backs in the last year, watching Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler depart for Tennessee in consecutive offseasons. But with that considered, the Patriots also have a group of veterans — Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore and Patrick Chung — returning with experience.

That trio doesn’t have a ton of history with losing, though, which is good and is also where the other McCourty comes in. Not quite the best detail for which to be valued, but valuable nonetheless. Add in the envy built up from watching one’s twin brother make annual postseason appearances, and we have a nice little motivational stew bubbling in Bill Belichick’s kettle. sharks-045

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