Tom Brady has been through this before. The Super Bowl has become old hat for the Patriots quarterback, who will be playing in his seventh Super Bowl when the Patriots take on the Falcons Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston.
With a two-week break between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, teams put in most of their game plan before they arrive in the host city.
Although Kaepernick regained his starting position last season, the 49ers went 1-10 in his starts and ended the season 2-14, leading to the ouster of general manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly.
Now, with Kyle Shanahan expected to take the reins of the 49ers after the Super Bowl, there has been speculation about whether Shanahan could work with Kaepernick.
The quarterback and the team have fallen on hard times since he led them to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season and was hailed as a quarterback prototype of the future. After a return trip to the playoffs in 2013, San Francisco has gone 15-33 the last three seasons.
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Kaepernick is better known now for his controversial refusal to stand for the national anthem before games last season.
One of the biggest winners from the East-West Shrine Game, the athletic tight end from USC was a shocking omission from the official invite list. McNamara offers awesome seam positioning and finishing ability with strength in traffic, and he proved as much during Shrine Game practices.
Womens Kyle Juszczyk Jersey Still, as a non-Combine invite, McNamara might have an uphill battle to secure a draft position. As talented as the running back class is, this might be the deepest tight end class in recent history, and McNamara will have to continue to win over teams during the process, most notably at his Pro Day.