Sixth-round pick Jeff Driskel definitely has an uphill battle to earn his spot behind Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. Driskel has put together a good offseason so far, during organized team activities, he showed a good understanding of coach Chip Kelly’s playbook for a rookie.
Where he makes this team, is on special teams. Driskel was reported by Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows to be taking reps as the personal punt protector. As the punt protector, it opens up opportunity for fake’s. Driskel’s size and speed makes him a threat as a runner and passer.
Quarterback Thad Lewis, who played under Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles, is the odd man out here. Although, he has an understanding of the offense (possibly better than any QB on the team), that’s all he offers. With no value on special teams, a bigger contract than Driskel and very little production in the NFL, he certainly will have to “wow” coaches with an incredible preseason for him to have a chance.
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