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Colin Kaepernick | Quarterback | #7

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (36) / SF
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49ers coach Chip Kelly continues to claim the team's quarterback competition remains open.
Blaine Gabbert has done nothing to run with the job, but Colin Kaepernick has somehow done even less. All signs have pointed to Gabbert under center for the opener for weeks now. Kap has seemed checked out of San Francisco since last season, and has seen his on-field performance deteriorate at an alarming rate. All he's really accomplished this summer is setting off constitutional debates on Twitter. Aug 27 - 6:37 PM

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Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million base salary became guaranteed when he was kept on the 49ers' roster through April 1.

The 49ers also paid Kaepernick a $400,000 offseason workout bonus. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn has made a convincing case on Twitter that Kaepernick's release may be inevitable, but it would be a costly move for the 49ers. Dysfunction has reached new heights in San Francisco.
Aug 27 - 2:27 PM

Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem before Friday night's preseason game.

This is a non-story, but it is something the 49ers could use against Kap if they decide to move on. "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony," the team said in a statement to Pro Football Talk. "In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem." In response to the "controversy," Kaepernick told NFL Network's Steve Wyche he is "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." The real story is Kaepernick was dreadful on the field Friday night, almost guaranteeing he will open the season as a backup.
Aug 27 - 9:46 AM

Asked Friday night if the 49ers have considered releasing Colin Kaepernick, coach Chip Kelly replied, "There's never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick."

Kaepernick was downright dreadful in Friday night's preseason game, looking entirely uncomfortable in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. If the 49ers aren't going to start Kaepernick, they have three options -- trade him, pay him $12 million not to play, or grant Kaepernick his release. If the 49ers opt to keep Kap around, that $12 million figure will be an awfully large bullet to bite.
Aug 27 - 1:42 AM

Colin Kaepernick completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

Playing behind Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick failed to assert himself as a legit contender for the Week 1 starting job. While he made a few innocuous plays with his legs, Kaepernick looked uncomfortable in the pocket and failed to generate a single first down. Kaepernick remains likely to make starts at some point this year, but Gabbert will be the starter on Opening Day.
Aug 27 - 12:15 AM

Colin Kaepernick said he believes he can still win the starting job.

"Yeah, most definitely," Kaepernick said. "I’m going to go out and show everything I can these next two games and make sure I put my best foot forward to show this organization, this team, this coaching staff what I’m capable of." Kap's injury issues have given Blaine Gabbert a big head start, but he has not taken advantage of the opportunity through two preseason games. If Kaepernick shows well Friday, he could make things interesting. Kap has not played in an NFL game since November 8.
Aug 25 - 10:48 AM

After returning to a full practice on Monday, Colin Kaepernick declared his previously "dead" arm "back to normal."

The Sacramento Bee confirms Kaepernick is "on track" to get some playing time in this weekend's third exhibition game. Blaine Gabbert remains the favorite to start Week 1, but Kap could turn it into a competition if he turns it on late in the preseason. Gabbert has struggled in both practices and games. The 49ers' offense would have much more explosive potential with Kaepernick quarterbacking. It would be good news for Carlos Hyde and Torrey Smith.
Aug 22 - 4:09 PM

Colin Kaepernick (arm) took part in team drills on Monday.

Kap is now on track for Friday's regular season dress rehearsal against the Packers. By nearly every account, Kap is not a legitimate contender in the 49ers' supposed quarterback competition. Kap has twice the physical skills of Blaine Gabbert, but his play has been in a steady downward spiral over the course of three coaching staffs.
Aug 22 - 2:32 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly insisted Sunday that Colin Kaepernick (arm) is "fine."

Players who are "fine" can typically practice, something Kaepernick didn't do at all last week. "I think Kap is fine," said Kelly. "I saw Kap. He’s fine." Kelly "think(s)" Kaepernick will be able to practice on Monday. "He’s going to start throwing tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes, see how he progresses."
Aug 21 - 7:47 PM

Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) reportedly threw well in a pre-game warm up Saturday night.

The highlight was a 55-yard bomb to Bruce Ellington. Kaepernick will not play Saturday, but it looks like he is getting close to full health. He should return to practice this week and is expected to play in the third preseason game.
Aug 20 - 7:30 PM

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat considers Colin Kaepernick the frontrunner for the 49ers' starting quarterback job.

This conflicts with multiple reports. Blaine Gabbert has worked with the first team since the start of training camp, but has struggled with accuracy issues. Per the Press Democrat's Grant Cohn, Kaepernick "could win the quarterback competition without even competing" if Gabbert doesn't improve on what he showed in the preseason opener. Kaepernick has missed most of the last two weeks with arm soreness, but is expected to play in the 49ers' third preseason game. We still anticipate Gabbert starting in Week 1.
Aug 19 - 6:27 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said the team expects Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) to play in the third preseason game.

Kaepernick did do some light throwing this week, but he is not going to play on Saturday night. "They’re easing him back into throwing right now," Kelly said Thursday. "He’ll throw a little more today and see how he feels and continue to progress him and hopefully we can get him back full next week." It sounds like Kaepernick will be healthy for opening day, but he is well behind Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.
Aug 18 - 11:50 AM

Updating a previous item, Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) is not practicing Wednesday.

Kaepernick fully dressed for Wednesday's joint practice with the Broncos, the team that tried to acquire him in the offseason, but he didn't do a whole lot besides stand around and look pretty. Kap unleashed a couple soft tosses in individual drills before quickly being done for the day. It's now been seven days since Kaepernick last threw. Don't expect him to play this week.
Aug 17 - 12:44 PM

Colin Kaepernick (dead arm) remained sidelined in Tuesday's practice, and hasn't thrown a pass in six days.

At this point, Kap is looking extremely doubtful for Saturday's preseason game. It's an absence he can't afford after missing the opener. In another bad sign, the 49ers signed Christian Ponder on Tuesday. Blaine Gabbert has just about sewn up the starting job.
Aug 16 - 3:27 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Colin Kaepernick is dealing with a "dead arm."

Kap missed the 49ers' preseason opener and is questionable at best for the team's second exhibition game. Schefter reports the 49ers are hopeful Kaepernick will get his "strength back soon." Even for as poorly as Blaine Gabbert played on Sunday night, he remains the heavy favorite to open 2016 as San Francisco's starting quarterback. Kap needs to get healthy to have any shot.
Aug 15 - 4:31 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Jeff Driskel
4Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
4DuJuan Harris
5Kelvin Taylor
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2DeAndrew White
3Aaron Burbridge
4Devon Cajuste
WR21Bruce Ellington
2Quinton Patton
3DeAndre Smelter
4Ryan Whalen
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Bruce Miller
4Blake Bell
5Rory Anderson
LT1Joe Staley
2Colin Kelly
3Fahn Cooper
LG1Josh Garnett
2Zane Beadles
3Brandon Thomas
C1Daniel Kilgore
2Marcus Martin
RG1Anthony Davis
2Andrew Tiller
3Alex Balducci
RT1Trent Brown
2Erik Pears
3John Theus
4Norman Price
K1Phil Dawson