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.
Head coach Chip Kelly said
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 Kelly did seem to hint at Kaepernick being an option later in the season, he also said there hasn't been any conversation about benching Blaine Gabbert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||5||3||60.0||35||7.00||19||0||0||0/0||0||0||81.3|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||7||218||136||62.4||1814||8.32||57||10||3||16/112||32||4||98.3|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||416||243||58.4||3197||7.69||64||21||8||39/231||46||10||91.6|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||478||289||60.5||3369||7.05||80||19||10||52/344||48||5||86.4|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||8||244||144||59.0||1615||6.62||76||6||5||28/166||19||7||78.5|
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|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||7||63||415||6.6||50||5||3||18|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||92||524||5.7||28||4||4||28|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||104||639||6.1||90||1||7||28|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||8||45||256||5.7||15||1||0||13|
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|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||9||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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