3. Colin Kaepernick-Quarterback
I know, I know. How can I list quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he has only played in one preseason game? And attempted just six passes total?
Well, the answer is this. With head coach Chip Kelly installing an offense that some feel is tailor made to Kaepernick’s abilities, the anticipation of seeing Kap finally take the field versus the Packers was sky high.
Unfortunately, Kap was less than underwhelming. He completed just two of those six passes and ran four times for 18 yards while taking just 12 snaps on the night.
And while Kaepernick has only this past Friday against the Packers to his preseason resume, it seemed to be more of the same old Kaepernick we have seen these past two years. Indecision, inaccuracy but still an ability to scramble when pressured in the pocket.
Perhaps he will see more extended play in the final tuneup against the San Diego Chargers before the regular season kicks off on September 12.
But if Kaepernick needed a spectacular showing to close the gap in the race for the starting quaterback job, it just didn’t happen.
In his defense, looking rusty after not seeing live action since last season is to be expected. But at the end of the day, his outing did nothing to change the fact Blaine Gabbert will probably be under center in the regular season.
Prediction: Blaine Gabbert will secure the starting position, but Kaepernick needs to continue learning the offense and stay ready in case Gabbert falters or is injured. This brings me to the next disappointing showing.
Next: 2. Blaine Gabbert