Tyrann Mathieu knows Colin Kaepernick can still launch footballs.
During his Wednesday appearance on PFT Live, the Cardinals safety recalled the times he faced the veteran quarterback when they played in the same division and acknowledged that Kaepernick's production has declined in recent years.
"I’ve had the chance to play against Kaepernick the last four seasons," Mathieu said. "The first couple years he was a winning quarterback. He did a lot of good things for his team. The last couple years, obviously, it felt like he took a step back as far as game-planning against him."
On the other hand, Mathieu insisted Kaepernick can still play despite his regression and said the controversial signal-caller could lead any team to victory if given the opportunity. Kaepernick remains unsigned following the backlash last year for kneeling during the national anthem before 49ers games, though he said he would not continue the protest this season with a new team.
"I’m rooting for him and I hope somebody gives him a call, somebody gives him a shot," Mathieu said. "He’s a hell of an athlete. He definitely can play quarterback in this league and if he plays in the right system I’m pretty sure he can take any team to the Super Bowl."
Kaepernick led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII against the Ravens in New Orleans. Even though he threw for a touchdown and ran for another, San Francisco couldn't bounce back from its sluggish start and ultimately lost to Baltimore.