Colin Kaepernick says he has gotten death threats, discusses Terence Crutcher

Colin Kaepernick thought about all the possible backlash that would come along with his national-anthem protest including, sadly, death threats.

Kaepernick said he has gotten some death threats from a “couple different avenues” since he started sitting, and then kneeling, for the national anthem. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is protesting racial injustice and police brutality.

He said he hadn’t alerted team officials to the threats, the San Francisco Chronicle and CSN Bay Area reported.

“No, to me, if something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point,” said Kaepernick, who spent 15 minutes at his locker Tuesday with reporters. “And it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened. And that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.”

OVERREACTION: Kirk Cousins and the Redskins (0-2) were a fluke in 2015. Cousins threw a critical end-zone interception that led to Dallas scoring the winning TD.

REALISTIC REACTION: Washington was 4-6 last season before Cousins led them to six straight wins and a division title. Way too early to count them out in the NFC East.

OVERREACTION: Steve Spagnuolo’s defense will lead the Giants (2-0) to the playoffs. After allowing Drew Brees to throw for 511 yards and an NFL-tying seven touchdowns last year, New York limited the Saints to 288 yards in a 16-13 win.

REALISTIC REACTION: The Giants have improved on D, but this team’s success falls on Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo’s high-powered offense.

But that’s an issue for down the line. For this season there isn’t likely to be a quarterback controversy. This is still Jones’ team, and Romo is still his quarterback.

“They either don’t care about what’s going on, or they don’t understand it,” Kaepernick told the Chronicle. “I find it very hard that people don’t understand what’s going on.”

Colin Kaepernick has clearance for camp

New coach Chip Kelly has assured that there will be a fair competition between Gabbert and Kaepernick for the 49ers’ starting job.

“All I’ve heard is that Chip has told me it’s going to be a competition … and to come in and be ready to compete,” Kaepernick said in June. “That’s my mindset, and I’m excited to do that.”

One rival defensive coordinator has predicted that Kaepernick will be a “nightmare” in Kelly’s offense, which is ideally suited to the athletic quarterback’s skill set.

To be fair, though, Kelly has astutely pointed out that Gabbert’s underappreciated athleticism also “jumped out” in offseason practices.

It might take until the third preseason game before a heavy favorite emerges as the Week 1 starter.

New York’s best fit: WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma, No. 40 overall

Statistics can be bent in any which way to prove a point but consider this — Odell Beckham, Jr.’s 96 catches a season ago nearly doubled the 59 grabbed by running back Shane Vereen, who finished second on the club in receptions. The disparity is just as bad in receiving yards and touchdowns, where OBJ recorded 1,450 and 13 scores, with Rueben Randle finishing with a respectable (but hardly frightening) 797 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Randle has the size and build-up speed to give Eli Manning a quality threat on the perimeter to complement Beckham but the club needed to find another interior threat with Victor Cruz’s salsa losing its rhythm the past two seasons.

Josh Gordon won’t be ready for training camp.

The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday placed their back-from-suspension wideout on the active/non-football injury list after Gordon hurt his quadriceps while working out on his own this summer, per the team’s official website. Gordon is expected to miss “at least a couple of weeks,” according to the Browns.

With this year’s NFL Draft in the past, teams have the opportunity to add veteran help to address areas of need. But the ability to sign quality veterans who remain on the market is in part dictated by the salary cap space each team possesses.

There are fewer teams with challenging salary cap situations because the annual growth in the cap has been around eight percent over the last couple of years and unused cap room can be carried over from one year to the next. Despite this, those teams that have pushed the envelope may not be immune from decisions somewhat dictated by the cap.