Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
1 day ago

Head coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick is still competing with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick only played three drives in his preseason debut Friday against the Packers, completing two of six passes for 14 yards, with four carries for 18 yards. If he truly had a shot at the starting job, it would have made sense for the Niners to give him more playing time, though Kaepernick didn't exactly help his own cause by picking up just one first down on three drives. Meanwhile, Blaine Gabbert got the start and also threw for just 14 yards, but he he did lead the team to a touchdown on one of his two series. Jeff Driskel and Christian Ponder played the second half. Kaepernick could conceivably get an extended look in the preseason finale, but it's unclear if a strong showing would actually give him any shot to be the Week 1 starter. It does at least seem that his sore shoulder is no longer an issue.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
2 days ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) completed two of six passes for 14 yards, adding four carries for 18 yards, in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Starter Blaine Gabbert completed two of three passes for only 14 yards, but he did produce seven points on two drives, whereas Kaepernick was held scoreless over three series. Although head coach Chip Kelly said Kapernick would have a chance to make his claim for the starting job, Friday's game put that sentiment into question, as Kelly turned to Jeff Driskell for the start of the second half. Gabbert thus remains a clear favorite to start Week 1 against the Rams, though it's possible Kaepernick could see extended playing time in the final preseason game.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
2 days ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) will play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick is ready to play after sitting out the first two preseason games with a sore shoulder. While he will suit up Friday, he will not start, as that spot will again be filled by Blaine Gabbert. The two remain in competition to start at quarterback Week 1, and Kaepernick will get a chance to stake claim to the job Friday night.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
5 days ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) expects to take the field for Friday's preseason game versus the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick tended to what head coach Chip Kelly termed "dead arm" for more than a week, but his return to full practices both Monday and Tuesday has seemingly paved the way for his first appearance of the preseason. So far, Kelly has delayed naming the 49ers' starting quarterback due to Kaepernick's lack of game action. Backing up that sentiment, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said, "It's a competition, and Kap hasn't had a chance to perform yet. So, when that happens and when coach [Kelly] feels like it's time, we'll do that. But right now it's not time." Two exhibitions remain for Kaepernick to make a play for the gig, but Blaine Gabbert has handled the first-team reps to this stage of the preseason.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
7 days ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) returned to team drills at Monday's practice, setting him up to make his 2016 preseason debut Friday against the Packers, the Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick's return to practice comes as no surprise, after he threw approximately 50 passes during warmups for Saturday's game against the Broncos. While still the favorite to open the season as San Francisco's starter, Blaine Gabbert failed to pull away fin Kaepernick's absence, struggling in both of his preseason starts. Head coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he's yet to determine the depth chart for Friday's exhibition.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
1 week ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Broncos, but he was seen throwing high-velocity passes on the field during warm ups, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick threw around 50 passes during the pregame session, going over 40 yards several times and even connecting on a 55-yard toss to teammate Bruce Ellington. After getting in some throws during Thursday's practice, it seems that his shoulder is making good progress. The team's deadline of having Kaepernick return to practice this week and playing in Friday's contest against Green Bay is looking more and more likely.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
1 week ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) did not participate in team activities, but he showed no discomfort after throwing 47 passes on the side during Thursday's practice, the Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick has already been ruled out for Saturday's preseason tilt against the Broncos with what is being called a dead arm. The fact that he had no discomfort throwing during Thursday's practice bodes well for the team's plan to have him return to team activities next week and possibly next Friday's preseason matchup against the Packers. He has to be considered the underdog in the competition for the 49ers' starting quarterback role with Blaine Gabbert due to his recent unavailability. The team hasn't ruled Kaepernick out as an option, so a quick return and strong showing in the team's final two preseason games could go a long way in getting him back in the conversation.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
2 weeks ago

Kaepernick (shoulder) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos according to coach Chip Kelly, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick, who continues to deal with tightness in his shoulder, plans to once again throw on the side during Thursday's practice. The 49ers hope to have him on the field for next Friday's preseason matchup against the Packers, but he'll need to make progress with his throwing arm for that to happen. Fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert figures to continue getting the first-team reps with Kaepernick sidelined.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
2 weeks ago

Though Kaepernick (shoulder) appeared to be held out of throwing drills at practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com notes that the QB did some throwing (of about 10 yards) on a side field during special teams drills.

EDGE Analysis

While not all the way back from what has been described as shoulder tightness, it's encouraging that Kaepernick has rejoined his teammates for drills. It's uncertain, however, when he might resume throwing fully, which puts the QB in doubt for Saturday's preseason tilt against the Broncos.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
2 weeks ago

Though Kaepernick (shoulder) was in full pads for Wednesday's practice, he wasn't throwing, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the San Jose Mercury News, Kaepernick has been dealing with shoulder tightness, an issue that has temporarily stalled Kaepernick's efforts to gain ground in his bid to beat out Blaine Gabbert for the 49ers' starting QB job.