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Colin Kaepernick | Quarterback

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
College: Nevada
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Colin Kaepernick completed 2-of-5 passes for 13 yards and rushed three times for 53 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.
Kaepernick played an entire half, but the 49ers offense could not do anything in the first half. The offensive line struggled to protect Kaepernick, who was sacked twice including a safety. All of Kaepernick's rushing yards and eight of his passing yards came on the final drive of the first half. Kaepernick has completed 5-of-13 passes for 40 yards (3.07 YPA) and been sacked three times this preseason. Aug 29 - 10:55 PM

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49ers S Eric Reid said Colin Kaepernick has displayed more touch on his throws early in training camp.

S Antoine Bethea joined in the praise, saying Kaepernick was not "telegraphing" his throws in practice. Despite gaining more yards on the ground than every quarterback not named Russell Wilson last season, Kaepernick scored less than 20 fantasy points a game and finished outside the top 20 in per-game scoring. Kaepernick only scoring one touchdown on the ground last season was something of a fluke, but he will have to improve as a passer to return value on his current QB18 ADP.
Aug 1 - 12:04 PM

QBs guru and "biomechanics devotee" Dennis Gile says Colin Kaepernick's delivery has been altered with the intent of improving his accuracy, particularly on downfield passes.

Gile worked with Kaepernick from January through April at EXOS training facility in Phoenix. Gile says Kaepernick's head positioning and footwork were altered to make his delivery more "compact," and his stance has been widened, shortening up Kaepernick's release. Kaepernick will resume his offseason regimen with Gile in early July. Delivery alterations have a tendency to revert to original form when the bullets go live, but it's good to see Kaepernick acknowledging his deficiencies and working to improve. He remains an intriguing fantasy QB2 pick for 2015.
Jun 5 - 12:36 PM

Colin Kaepernick "looks like a different quarterback," according to teammate Vernon Davis.

Kaepernick worked with Kurt Warner on his pocket mechanics this winter and spring. "When I saw him, I didn't even know that was Colin," Davis said. "He was working on his drop-back. He looks totally different." Kaepernick is coming off a career-worst 86.4 passer rating, including a 60.5 completion rate. The 49ers plan to ask him to run more despite his strides in the pocket. With the signings of Torrey Smith and Reggie Bush, Kaepernick is a good bet to improve in 2015.
Apr 10 - 7:50 PM

During their offseason workouts, Kurt Warner encouraged Colin Kaepernick to stay confined to the pocket more than taking off and running.

This would seem to conflict with 49ers management's 2015 plans for Kap; they want him to run more. "He can’t do all the running," Warner insisted. "He’s got to become more of a pass-first guy and complement with his athleticism. And he’s never been asked to do that before. And so that’s the process that we kind of went through in the couple of months I was working with him." Warner is hinting at a transformation like what Steve Young underwent with Bill Walsh. Whether that takes hold for Kaepernick when the bullets go live remains to be seen.
Apr 6 - 4:50 PM

Colin Kaepernick has made "tremendous strides" this offseason, according to quarterbacks coach Dennis Gile.

Kaepernick spent 10 weeks in Arizona training with Gile and fellow QBs coach Mike Giavondo, occasionally getting help from former MVP Kurt Warner. Gile says Kaepernick has become much "more consistent" since arriving in Arizona, a good thing for a player whose passer rating has dropped each of the last two seasons. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will be his primary receiving weapons in 2015, though Reggie Bush should see plenty of looks out of the backfield. With the 49ers likely to be playing from behind more this season (and emphasizing designed quarterback runs), Kap's statistics should rise.
Mar 23 - 10:49 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke shot down Colin Kaepernick trade rumors Sunday night.

Jayson Braddock of KBME in Houston reported the 49ers had "put Kaepernick on the trading block." He went on to name the Eagles and Bears as suitors. NFL front office types usually don't bother to comment on rumors like this, but Baalke released a statement: "Colin is our quarterback and we are excited to have him. He is not going anywhere. The media reports suggesting otherwise are without merit and, quite frankly, ridiculous." For what it's worth, Braddock was the first to break the Byron Maxwell signing with Eagles story Sunday.
Mar 9 - 8:02 AM

Speaking Thursday, new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula again hinted that Colin Kaepernick will be called on to run more in 2015.

"Colin Kaepernick, I don’t think it’s any secret that his legs work really well," Tomsula said. "We want to utilize the total package." Kaepernick isn't suddenly going to morph into Tim Tebow in 2015, but the 49ers have gone to great lengths to make it clear he'll be running more. Although it ups Kaepernick's injury risk, it's good news from a fantasy perspective.
Feb 19 - 2:34 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke stated at the Combine that Colin Kaepernick is working on his touch passing this offseason.

One of Kaepernick's deficiencies is that he is a "one-speed" thrower who struggles to change speeds depending on the depth of routes. We do wonder if this is a fixable issue, but recognizing it as an issue at all is a solid first step. The 49ers also plan to use Kaepernick on more designed runs in 2015.
Feb 18 - 11:34 AM

Colin Kaepernick kept the ball on just 22 percent of the 49ers' read-option plays in 2014.

That's compared to 40 percent in 2013. Specifically, Kaep tucked it on only 15-of-68 read options this season. Increasingly assertive owner Jed York has made it clear he wants Kaep to run more in 2015, but it could be a careful-what-you-wish-for proposition. Although Kaep hasn't missed any time with injury, he has played banged up multiple times. Former coach Jim Harbaugh had a good idea of how to protect his quarterback. The ragtag squad left behind in Harbs' wake sounds like it might be ready to throw caution to the wind.
Feb 5 - 1:19 PM

The Sacramento Bee says a "significant change" in the 49ers' 2015 offense figures to be a return to the read-option.

Kaepernick ran for a career-high 639 yards last season, but most of that came on broken plays. The new in-house promotion team of Jim Tomsula/Geep Chryst is expected to feature more designed runs, backing off the notion that Kaepernick can become an elite pocket passer. We've seen him try it and it's not happening, as evidenced by last year's meager 19 touchdowns, 3,369 pass yards and 60.5 completion percentage. More read-option for Kaepernick will improve his fantasy outlook in 2015 as well as the outlook for Carlos Hyde. Running QB threats consistently open up extra lanes.
Feb 3 - 11:07 AM

49ers CEO Jed York said the new coaching staff will put together a system that puts Colin Kaepernick "in the best position to make plays."

"How many quarterbacks in this league can run 90 yards for a touchdown? I can’t think of many," York said. "But you’ve got to put Kap in a position where he can make those plays. And put Kap in a position where we can run the ball." Kaepernick rushed a career-high 104 times in 2014, but only 45 of those attempts were designed runs. York's comments suggest the new coaching staff will be more willing to send Kaepernick on designed runs, which would hopefully lead to more fantasy success in 2015.
Jan 31 - 12:03 PM

Speaking at his introductory press conference, new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he's "excited" about coaching Colin Kaepernick.

"I think he can run. I think he can throw. I think he can change the pace of the game," Tomsula said of a signal caller headed into his third full season as starter. Tomsula also said he's a "big fan of running," and hinted at giving Kaep more leeway with his legs. Tomsula's Kaep enthusiasm was one of the few things to shine through in an otherwise muddled presser. Coming off an extremely up-and-down campaign, Kaep will make $12.4 million in 2015.
Jan 15 - 6:56 PM

Colin Kaepernick will train with Kurt Warner at EXOS performance in Phoenix this offseason.

Kaepernick is pulling out all the stops after his worst season as a pro. He completed just 60.5 percent of his throws with a career-worst 86.4 passer rating. He was also sacked a league-high 52 times. Previously, Kaepernick worked out casually with other players and on his own in the offseason, so this is new for him. Warner will specifically work with Kaepernick on film study and 7-on-7 drills. It'll be the start of what should be an interesting offseason for Kaepernick. The 49ers may overhaul their offense and could lose free agent Michael Crabtree.
Jan 6 - 8:42 PM

Colin Kaepernick completed 15-of-26 throws for 204 yards and two touchdowns, adding seven scrambles for 63 yards in the 49ers' Week 17 win over the Cardinals.

And so ends a highly disappointing 2014 season for Kaepernick, where he finished with a 19:10 TD-to-INT ratio and 60.5 completion rate. Kaepernick definitely isn't getting better and may actually be getting worse, especially as a passer. He was more effective when the 49ers began running him more late in the year, but as a thrower Kaepernick consistently shows poor touch and is too quick to abandon his progressions when his first read appears covered. With Jim Harbaugh expected to go to Michigan, we suspect the 49ers will try to maintain some semblance of system continuity, perhaps retaining OC Greg Roman. Either way, it'll be an interesting offseason for Kaepernick. The Niners also need to replace free agent Michael Crabtree.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Dylan Thompson
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Reggie Bush
3Kendall Hunter
4Mike Davis
5Kendall Gaskins
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Reggie Bush
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Kendall Hunter
FB1Bruce Miller
WR11Anquan Boldin
2Bruce Ellington
3DeAndre Smelter
4Dres Anderson
5DiAndre Campbell
WR21Torrey Smith
2Quinton Patton
3Jerome Simpson
4Issac Blakeney
5DeAndrew White
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Garrett Celek
4Blake Bell
5Rory Anderson
K1Phil Dawson