Even the competition is in Colin Kaepernick’s corner now.

Two days after working out in front of NFL scouts, including representatives from the Jets and Giants, former pro quarterback Johnny Manziel came to his beleaguered fellow passer’s defense on Twitter.

“This will probably cause an uproar, but I’m tired of the @Kaepernick7 vs myself comparisons and anger,” Manziel wrote on the social media site Saturday afternoon. “Kap is doing amazing things right now changing lives and donating millions of dollars. His impact off the field from a societal standpoint is legendary and straight admirable.”

Manziel’s tweet storm ended with a direct address to Kaepernick, wishing him luck in the future.

“I rock with you @Kaepernick7,” he wrote. “You’ve always been good to me and I appreciate that. All the best in your journey my friend wherever that takes you.”

Rosen added he had worked out privately for the Giants, Jets, Browns and Bills.

After saying he learned through Instagram that the Jets had traded up to No. 3, he demurred when asked if he believed it was because he had worked out for the team a day earlier.

With Donovan Mitchell stepping in, the Jazz haven’t missed a beat on offense, despite losing Gordon Hayward in free agency. Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images
Mitchell’s timetable accelerated because of his aptitude. He showed the ability to develop new skills — such as finishing off one foot in traffic, a focus in his offseason workouts with Bryant — and instantly incorporate them into his game, grasping through film study the appropriate times to use his new tools.

“These guys dig in,” Snyder says of Mitchell and Bryant. “It’s that kind of cycle of ‘practice it, recognize it, use it.’ That whole process is what makes these guys good together.”

Bergeron ranked fifth in faceoff percentage (57.3) and first in short-handed faceoff percentage (59.3) and finished at plus-21 in 64 games played.

Kopitar, who won the award in 2016, led all NHL forwards in average time on ice at 22:05 per game. Kopitar often saw duty on the Kings’ penalty-kill unit, which finished tops in the league in penalty killing percentage (85.0).jets_105

Garoppolo seems to fit the vision of finding a young player ready to grow

The Bengals have three candidates for the franchise tag, and it’s unlikely they’ll use it on any of them. The Bengals rarely use the tag, and this year’s free agents don’t seem like they would get it either. They won’t use it on guard Kevin Zeitler because he would have to be tagged and paid as if he were an offensive tackle. Tackle Andrew Whitworth, 35, is a more likely candidate to work out a one- or two-year deal rather than the bigger expense of the tag.

Garoppolo has a ton of leverage in this possible deal. No team will trade for him if he does not agree to a contract extension. Brock Osweiler’s tale could be a cautionary one. As Peyton Manning’s backup, Osweiler had some success in 2015 in Denver. Houston gave him $72 million for four years — $37 million guaranteed. For that money, Osweiler produced 15 touchdowns with 16 interceptions, an 8-6 record and a playoff appearance.

Though Tyrod Taylor and Colin Kaepernick are options, Garoppolo seems to fit the vision of finding a young player ready to grow. If the Browns really will be active in free agency, as the early chatter suggests, they need to find a quarterback who can play right away so the position does not hold the team back.

Garoppolo was a 2014 second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois. Last season he started the first two games while Brady was suspended, and he played well, throwing for 469 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in six quarters before he hurt his throwing shoulder just before halftime of the second game. The injury is a red flag for some, but Garoppolo started 37 games in his final three college seasons.

Garoppolo has one year left on his contract. The Patriots have Jacoby Brissett, who could back up Brady. If New England is going to get something for Garoppolo, this would be the time.

If New England is willing to trade Garoppolo, the competition will be significant — and maybe the 12th pick won’t be enough.