The Baltimore Ravens confirmed that they have had direct discussions with free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became controversial for his kneeling during the National Anthem during NFL games as a sign of protest against the social injustice in the country. Ravens president Dick Cass told a fan forum that the team has had direct discussions with Kaepernick, who wants to play in 2017. Cass said the Ravens are now weighing a decision on whether to bring in Kaepernick despite signing David Olson recently.

The Ravens are looking for a dependable backup quarterback after starting quarterback Joe Flacco tweaked his back last week.

The back issue may sideline Flacco for between one and six weeks, depending on its severity. Earlier, coach John Harbaugh admitted that he’s had several talks with Kaepernick during the offseason. If he’s signed the Ravens, Kaepernick can compete with Ryan Mallett for the backup quarterback position. The Ravens have not been completely satisfied with Mallett’s showing early on in training camp. Aside from Kaepernick, the Ravens might also consider Robert Griffin III, who visited the Chargers last week.

Broncos QBs struggling in training camp

After Sunday’s practice, Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph couldn't hide his disappointment over the performance of quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.

Joseph said neither quarterback stood out as they both had issues dealing with the defense. Earlier, it was reported that Lynch made a push for the starting job in the final two weeks of organized team activities and minicamp. However, with the latest development, Joseph will have a hard time evaluating his choice of starting quarterback.

Last season, Siemian started 14 games for the Broncos, throwing for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Lynch, the 2016 first-round pick, suited up for three games, including two starts, tallying 497 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Jared Goff develops under new coaching staff

Last season, Jared Goff struggled in his rookie season, failing to live up to his billing as the No.

1 overall pick of the Los Angeles Rams. Goff started seven games last season, throwing for 1,089 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown as the Rams finished with a 4-12 mark. With new head coach Sean McVay at the helm, Goff said he felt good about the offense. Goff also has a new offensive coordinator and new quarterbacks coach in Matt LaFleur and Greg Olson, respectively.