Head coach Chip Kelly said
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
Head coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick is still competing with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
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.
Kaepernick (shoulder) completed two of six passes for 14 yards, adding four carries for 18 yards, in Friday's preseason game against the Packers.
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.
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 his claim to the job Friday night.
Kaepernick (shoulder) expects to take the field for Friday's preseason game versus the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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.
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