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49ers: Is Josh Johnson in lead to backup Kaepernick

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It’s only been one preseason game, but the buzz regarding the battle to see who will backup San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, seemed to already have been settled in the eyes of many.

Blaine Gabbert, who the 49ers acquired in a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, was less than stellar in his 49er debut against Baltimore. In fact, he was downright atrocious, completing just 3 of 11 passes for 20 yards with an interception and an overall QB rating of 1.7.

Josh Johnson on the other hand, fared a bit better as he completed 6  of 8 passes for 68 yards and carried twice for 15 yards. Johnson also fumbled on what ended up at the time, being the second best 49er drive of the game.

Johnson is no stranger to the 49ers or coach Jim Harbaugh. Back in 2004 and 2005, Johnson played under Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and was a member of the 2012 49ers team before being one of the final players released.

Johnson has a big arm and is very mobile; he’s a dual threat who fits right into the 49ers system should something happen to Colin Kaepernick. Another bad preseason game by Gabbert and Johnson could be the man backing up Kaepernick come Week 1.

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