Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
3 days ago

Kaepernick doesn't appear to be fully healthy yet, according to coach Chip Kelly, who said Kaepernick remains the 49ers' second-string quarterback, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick underwent three surgeries this offseason, and still isn't ready to be 'full-go', according to Kelly. That perhaps explains why Kaepernick hasn't taken a snap yet this season, even though starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert hasn't really impressed through the 49ers' first three games. That proved particularly true Sunday against the Seahawks, but until Kaepernick is deemed fully healthy, it seems a potential promotion from his status as San Francisco's No. 2 quarterback won't be considered.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
1 week ago

Head coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick is still regaining his strength after undergoing three surgical procedures in the offseason, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Once among the league's most physically imposing quarterbacks, Kaepernick still hasn't regained all the muscle he lost while he was unable to lift weights in the offseason. While coach Kelly did seem to hint at Kaepernick being an option later in the season, Kelly also said there hasn't been any conversation about benching Blaine Gabbert.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
4 weeks ago1 Comment

Kaepernick has landed a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick followed up a brief showing in the third preseason game with more sustained run in the fourth, during which he combined for 117 yards on 54 percent passing, eight rushes for 56 yards, and no touchdowns in any regard. What is noteworthy is the breakdown of snaps between Kaepernick and fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the preseason. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Kaepernick received 49 snaps to Gabbert's 43, but all of the latter's occurred with the first-team offense. Kaepernick will clearly be carrying a clipboard when the 49ers open the regular season on Sept. 12 against the Rams.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
4 weeks ago1 Comment

Kaepernick started San Francisco's final preseason game but is expected to be the backup quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kaepernick finished the preseason with 117 yards on 13-of-24 passing, and he tacked on 56 yards rushing on eight carries. His start was only due to Blaine Gabbert being rested, a decision that in all likelihood means Gabbert is going to be named the starter, though nothing is official yet.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
4 weeks ago

Kaepernick completed 11-of-18 passes for 103 yards (5.7 YPA) and picked up 38 yards on four carries while playing the entire first half in Thursday's preseason finale against San Diego.

EDGE Analysis

It's expected that Blaine Gabbert, who did not play in Thursday's game, will serve as the Week 1 starter for San Francisco, but head coach Chip Kelly has not confirmed that plan. Kaepernick's recovery from a shoulder injury this preseason limited him to appearances in two of the Niners' four games, and his opportunity to start again in San Francisco may hinge entirely on Gabbert's performance throughout 2016.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
1 month ago1 Comment

Head coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers, The Sacramento Bee reports.

EDGE Analysis

Speaking after Friday's preseason game against the Broncos, head coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick is still competing with Blaine Gabbert for the starting quarterback job. It may be a competition in name only, as Kelly conspicuously failed to say whether Gabbert will play Thursday against the Chargers. Kaepernick made his first appearance of the preseason Friday, leading the 49ers to just one first down on his three drives. Although Gabbert also hasn't shown much this preseason, he has taken far more first-team reps due to Kaepernick's bout with shoulder soreness. The upcoming preseason game could determine whether Kaepernick is retained as a backup, traded or released.

Colin Kaepernick
QB SF (8)
1 month 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)
1 month 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)
1 month 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)
1 month 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.