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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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Colin Kaepernick finally admitted that his loss of weight has become an issue.
The 49ers haven't said how much Kaepernick weighs, but they admit he's not at his listed 225 pounds. And probably isn't close to it. Kap became a vegan last season, and his weight noticeably started to tumble. He has a plan to gain it back: "Eat food. And a lot of it." His fragile build is likely contributing to coach Chip Kelly not putting Kaepernick on the field. "To get the full Kap for what you need -- the potential that he has," Kelly said, "he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things." Kelly has long been big on physical stature. Sep 28 - 10:17 AM

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Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports the 49ers are sticking with Blaine Gabbert in part because he is better in practice than Colin Kaepernick.

Coach Chip Kelly insinuated Kaepernick could be given a shot to start when he is "100 percent." He was almost certainly talking about health, but Kaepernick could also still be behind with the playbook after sitting out most of the offseason. Neither of these quarterbacks is the answer, but the 49ers should at least give Kap a shot before the end of the season.
Sep 27 - 9:24 AM

Speaking Monday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly hinted Colin Kaepernick could become the team's starter once he's back to full health.

"I don’t think he’s 100 percent right now so that’s why he’s our No. 2," Kelly said. Kelly hinted change could come once Kap is "full-go." Blaine Gabbert has predictably been setting the quarterback position back decades as Kelly's starter. He's averaging 177 passing yards and has four total touchdowns. His rate stats are abysmal. Kap's game was in full-on collapse last season, but he deserves a shot to be a dual-threat in Kelly's run-heavy offense. It's starting to look like a matter of when, not if, Kap gets a chance to supplant Gabbert.
Sep 26 - 3:13 PM

The 49ers don't have a special package of plays for No. 2 QB Colin Kaepernick.

"Well, I think both of our quarterbacks have the same skills, so I think maybe if you had one quarterback that ran the 40 in 5.4 and then you have another quarterback that runs the 40 in 4.5, there's a distinct difference between the two of them," coach Chip Kelly said in a patently absurd statement. Not that anyone can begrudge Kelly for keeping Kap on the bench. "Special packages" have a ridiculously-low success rate in the pros. If Kap is going to play this season, it will be after Blaine Gabbert is injured or ineffective.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 12 - 2:12 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly suggested that Colin Kaepernick is still less than 100 percent.

"He has been cleared to play, but he still knows he has some work to do," said Kelly. "He’s not up to his playing weight that he was when he was successful here." Even if Kaepernick hadn't missed time with arm fatigue early in camp, he still would have been the backup to Blaine Gabbert, who seems to be a better fit for Kelly's offense. Kaepernick is owed $13.9 million this year, making him the NFL's most expensive backup.
Sep 4 - 9:27 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports it is "all but certain" Colin Kaepernick will make the initial roster.

Considering his salary is guaranteed and Chip Kelly called him one of the two best quarterbacks on the roster, Kaepernick was never leaving unless he was traded. With a trade unlikely, he looks set to open the season as Blaine Gabbert's backup. It is still not out of the question Kap makes starts this season, but the 49ers could choose to just put him on ice before cutting him next spring.
Sep 2 - 3:59 PM

Players and coaches from both the 49ers and Chargers supported Colin Kaepernick's silent protest during the national anthem before Thursday's preseason finale.

If we're going to post the backlash stories, it's important to post ones of support for Kaepernick. While "anonymous" front-office types allegedly bashed Kap through Bleacher Report earlier this week, players and coaches have rallied around Kap, with teammate S Eric Reid and Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane joining Kap in refusing to stand for the national anthem Thursday. Kap did stand for God Bless America and even hung out with veterans and active service members following the game, which was the Chargers' annual Military Night.
Sep 2 - 9:48 AM

Colin Kaepernick completed 11-of-18 passes for 103 yards in Thursday's preseason finale, adding four rushes for 38 additional yards.

The bigger story will remain what Kap did before the game, taking a knee for the national anthem. This time he was joined by teammate Eric Reid, while Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane did the same thing before Seattle's game against the Raiders. Once the pre-game intrigue was over, Kap played relatively well with San Francisco's backups, failing to set the house on fire but not burning it down, either. Kap appears poised to keep his roster spot, but didn't challenge Blaine Gabbert this summer. Kap's main problem is the way he'd slow down Chip Kelly's uptempo offense.
Sep 1 - 11:50 PM

After speaking with seven anonymous NFL front office members, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman came away with the opinion that teams "truly, truly hate" Colin Kaepernick, and he may never play another down in the league.

"I don't want him anywhere near my team," one front office executive said. "He's a traitor." Another team executive said, "He has no respect for our country. [Expletive] that guy." And according to one GM, "In my career, I have never seen a guy so hated by front office guys as Kaepernick." One executive said he'd rather resign than sign Kap. Freeman believes '90-95 percent' of teams feel this way, and he thinks it's possible Kap will be blackballed once/if he's cut by the 49ers.
Aug 31 - 9:35 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes there's a "realistic possibility" the 49ers put Colin Kaepernick "on ice" for all of the 2016 season.

In doing so, the 49ers would protect themselves from Kaepernick potentially injuring himself, which would then result in Kap unlocking more guaranteed money in his contract if he suffers a severe injury. It would also mean Kaepernick wouldn't dress on game days, which wouldn't allow him to visibly protest anymore National Anthems. The Niners can save $16.9 million against the cap next offseason by designating Kap as a post-June 1 cut. In the "icing" scenario, rookie Jeff Driskel would likely serve as Blaine Gabbert's backup to open the year.
Aug 29 - 8:01 PM

Colin Kaepernick will play in the 49ers' preseason finale.

Coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick "needs the snaps." Kelly has also insisted that Kaepernick remains in the mix in the 49ers' starting quarterback battle.
Aug 29 - 3:49 PM

Even though Colin Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary is fully guaranteed, the 49ers could save salary cap space by releasing him if Kaepernick signed with another team.

As Profootballtalk's Mike Florio notes, the salary which Kaepernick would receive from the signing team would come off of San Francisco's cap. This at least gives them some incentive and excuse for parting ways with Kaepernick that isn't related to his sitting during the National Anthem. It's beginning to seem like not a matter of if but when Kaepernick is released by the Niners.
Aug 28 - 11:16 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Colin Kaepernick faces an "uphill battle" to make the 49ers' roster.

Glazer said he would be "shocked" if Kaepernick lasted the entire season on the 49ers' 53, and suggested Kap "may not even be on (the roster) in the next two weeks." All of Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary is guaranteed, but he has created a toxic situation by refusing to stand for pre-game National Anthems, which is Kaepernick's right but is frowned upon to put it mildly by most observers.
Aug 28 - 6:10 PM

Colin Kaepernick told reporters Sunday that he will "continue to sit" during pre-game National Anthems.

This assumes Kaepernick is on an NFL roster this season, and attending games at all. While it is certainly within his rights to sit when the National Anthem is played, it has caused a P.R. nightmare in San Francisco and will remain one for as long as Kaepernick is showing up on Sundays. Other teams likely now view him as toxic. It's no secret Kaepernick is disliked by teammates, even prior to the National Anthem thing. Combined with his poor play, Kaepernick's protestation could become a career-threatening decision.
Aug 28 - 5:14 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Blaine Gabbert
2Colin Kaepernick
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
4DuJuan Harris
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
3Keshawn Martin
4Rod Streater
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson