Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
17 hours ago

Head coach Chip Kelly has yet to name the 49ers' starting quarterback due to Colin Kaepernick's shoulder concern, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. "It's a competition, and Kap hasn't had a chance to perform yet," offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said. "So, when that happens and when coach [Kelly] feels like it's time, we'll do that. But right now it's not time."

EDGE Analysis

Entering training camp as the co-No. 1 quarterbacks, Gabbert and Kaepernick were expected to split reps with the first-team offense in both practices and games, but the latter's bout with "dead arm" has forced Kelly to shelve his decision for the time being. With Kaepernick logging full practices both Monday and Tuesday, he declared an expectation that he'll play in Friday's exhibition against the Packers, which should reopen the battle for the top QB job in San Francisco. In six total drives this preseason, Gabbert has produced 14 points, while completing 10 of 19 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
4 days ago

Gabbert completed six of nine passes for 69 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

With Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) still unavailable, Gabbert played the first three series of Saturday's game, producing seven points before handing the ball over to Jeff Driskel. While Kaepernick seems to be making progress and could be available for the final two preseason games, recent reports suggest the starting job is Gabbert's to lose.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
7 days ago

With Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) already ruled out for Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, Gabbert takes another step closer to becoming the team's starter come Week 1.

EDGE Analysis

We thought we would see a true competition for the starting quarterback job in San Francisco this preseason, but a shoulder injury has derailed Kaepernick's opportunity, opening the door for Gabbert to seize the opportunity. While this news gives Gabbert a big lead, the 49ers' coaching staff has remained adamant about getting Kaepernick into a game as early as next week against the Cowboys, indicating that they still want to have a competition for the job heading into the season. That being said, time is becoming a major issue for Kaepernick and Gabbert may simply win the job by default, especially if the former isn't able to suit up next week either.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
1 week ago

Gabbert completed four of 10 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert produced seven points on three drives, connecting with Vance McDonald for a 43-yard, catch-and-run touchdown on his final snap of the evening. The San Francisco passing game otherwise struggled, and Carlos Hyde lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Recent reports suggest the starting job is Gabbert's to lose, but Colin Kaepernick (sore shoulder) still has to make his case, despite sitting out Sunday's game. The two are listed as co-starters on the depth chart.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 weeks ago

Gabbert has emerged as a clear favorite to win the starting quarterback job, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert has reportedly been impressive in joint practices with the Texans, while Kaepernick has been limited by soreness in his throwing shoulder. It seems a bit early to make any assumptions, but Gabbert does look like the obvious choice to start Sunday's preseason game against Houston. To be clear, head coach Chip Kelly hasn't yet named a starter for the game.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 weeks ago

As expected, both Gabbert and Kaepernick were listed as co-starters on the 49ers' unofficial depth chart.

EDGE Analysis

This comes as no surprise a day after offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins stated that neither quarterback was ahead of the other in the competition for starter. Modkins followed up on Wednesday stating that the team still doesn't know who will start Sunday's preseason against the Texans, CSN Bay Area reports. While whoever starts Sunday's matchup will undoubtedly be named the frontrunner for the job, it won't necessarily mean that is who will start week 1 of the regular season.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
2 weeks ago

Neither Gabbert nor Colin Kaepernick have pulled ahead in the battle for the right to be San Francisco's starting quarterback week 1, the Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert has been splitting first-team reps with Kaepernick during training camp, and neither is "ahead of the other right now" according to offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins. It seems as though this competition will come down to the wire and a starter may not be named until after both have seen action against opposing defenses during the preseason. Modkins stated that the decision will ultimately fall on head coach Chip Kelly. Whoever comes out as the starter week 1 will likely see a boost in value over last season given the fast-paced nature of Kelly's offensive gameplan.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 weeks ago

Gabbert is splitting first-team reps with Colin Kaepernick at the start of training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The overarching question heading into this season is the quarterback battle between Gabbert and Kaepernick. While Kaepernick spent the offseason recuperating from a trio of surgeries -- namely, one to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder -- Gabbert was handed the bulk of the snaps with the first stringers in OTAs and mandatory minicamp, giving him a seeming head start in the competition. Nonetheless, Kelly's decision to split snaps between the pair in training camp "down the middle" reveals a "may the best man win" situation, which is likely the prudent approach to figure out his main man under center.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
1 month ago

Gabbert is the early leader for the starting quarterback job heading into training camp, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gabbert's late-season success last year and his healthy presence during the team's OTAs are the likely reason he gets the early lead in the position battle. He provides a more stable option in comparison to Colin Kaepernick, but the latter could surpass him on the depth chart if he has a strong training camp and preseason.

Blaine Gabbert
QB SF (8)
3 months ago

Chip Kelly stated that he has "no idea" who will start at quarterback at this time, The Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Colin Kaepernick never got traded and Gabbert is taking first-team reps during San Francisco's offseason program. The former is still not cleared to fully participate in physical activities, so the depth chart is not telling at all. Kelly mentioned that when Kaepernick is at 100 percent, then the team will have a competition in camp leading up to the season. This is definitely a situation to monitor, as Kelly has made the likes of Mark Sanchez useful in fantasy with his up-tempo offense.