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QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 233Born: 10-3-1987College: NevadaDrafted: Round 2

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): After being listed as 'probable' on Friday, Kaepernick was placed on IR as he headed to season-ending shoulder surgery. He's done for the 2015 season.

General News (Tue Nov 24): had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his left shoulder Tuesday, Nov. 24, and he is expected to need a recovery time of four to six months, according to a source.

Week 12: vs Arizona Cardinals

All QB vs ARI

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The last time these teams met (Week 3) Colin Kaepernick and company got stomped 7-47. Kaepernick has since been placed on IR due to a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, so nowadays it is Blaine Gabbert's second NFL opportunity with his second NFL Franchise, and it is going about as well as his old Jaguars 'fans' expected. After upsetting the Falcons two games ago, Gabbert was blown out 13-29 at Seattle last week, though he did do a credible job passing the football on the stat sheet (22/34 for 264 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) the 49ers were never in contention last week. Vance McDonald (four targets for 4/65/1 receiving) is making some noise now that ex-49er Vernon Davis is out of his way on the depth chart - and Anquan Boldin got within spitting distance of 100 yards last week with seven targets for 5/93/0 receiving. There may be some hope for fantasy owners invested in the 49ers' passing attack as the team is almost certain to play from behind this week. The Cardinals' pass D is ranked eighth in the NFL averaging 228.7 net yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores handed out vs. 14 interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied for 23rd) generated to date. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (23.8 on average); 13th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (9.9); and is in the middle of the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (20.7,18th). Last week, Cincinnati managed 22/39 for 278 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown with four sacks taken for -37 yards. Two games ago, Russell Wilson was held to 13/32 for 228 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. This looks like a tough matchup for Gabbert, but it is not an impossible scenario for him.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at STL 67 20 41 162 0 0 6 28 0 0 10.9
9 vs ATL 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 8 vs STL (20 / 41 / 162 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)

Kaepernick's day began in promising fashion, with three completions for 28 yards and a 9-yard scramble on 3rd-and-6. From there, however, it went downhill fast. After starting 4-for-5, he ended the first half 11-for-22, due to mistakes like missing a wide-open Reggie Bush on third down, missing two open screen passes, overthrowing a wide-open Torrey Smith along the sideline, underthrowing a deep pass to Vernon Davis, who had a step on his defender, and throwing two other passes that were nearly intercepted. While it's true that several of his passes came under duress, Kaepernick's inaccuracy wasn't so much a byproduct of the Rams' rush as it was of his own making.

2015 Week 7 vs SEA (13 / 24 / 124 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

By now, it should be common knowlege that Kaepernick doesn't stand a chance when he plays against Seattle. The coaching staff did him no favors by a) choosing a pass-heavy game plan early on, and b) continuing to play human turnstile Jordan Devey at right guard, but Kaepernick had himself to blame for the cornucopia of bad throws and bad decisions. Case in point: On consecutive (nearly identical) first-quarter plays, he first overthrew Vernon Davis along the right sideline and then overthrew Anquan Boldin even worse. That second pass was so bad that it hit a spectator in the head even though he was standing 10 yards deep into the 49ers sideline area. Both of those were with no pressure from Seattle's pass rush, by the way. Speaking of pressure, Kaepernick basically sacked himself on the first play of the second quarter when he climbed the pocket right into the waiting arms of Michael Bennett. It got so bad that the coaching staff starting calling draws, dumpoffs, or screens in long-distance situations.

2015 Week 6 vs BAL (16 / 27 / 340 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

For various reasons, Kaepernick looked much more comfortable in the pocket than usual against Baltimore. First, the Ravens' pass rush was relatively toothless: They had 3 sacks, but didn't get much pressure the rest of the time. Second, it appeared that 49ers coaches wanted to get him into a quick-passing rhythm early. His first four passes were all either bubble screens or on play-action rollouts with one, easy read in the progression. There were still a few instances of "typical Kaepernick," which means erratic accuracy (primarily driven by poor mechanics) and failing to pull the trigger on throws that were either open or about to be open (much to color commentator Rich Gannon's dismay). That said, the biggest development from this game is that Kaepernick and Torrey Smith finally made a deep connection. Coupled with another deep completion to Anquan Boldin, it appears that the pass offense (against a weak pass defense at least) might be able to exploit one of Kaepernick's biggest assets after all: his arm strength.

2015 Week 5 vs NYG (23 / 35 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)

This was Kaepernick's best game so far in 2015. The game plan wasn't different from previous weeks (lots of handoffs, lots of short passes); he just executed it better against the Giants. Case in point: The 49ers first drive included five runs and only two passes, both of which were flipped versions of the exact same wid receiver screen play. Other than being more accurate on short passes, there were three positive signs in Kaepernick's performance. First, he looked more decisive on downfield reads, quickly pulling the trigger on a skinny post to Torrey Smith, for example. Second, he showed better touch on deep passes, perfectly lofting two throws in stride to Anquan Boldin over defenders in trailing coverage. Finally, the 49ers offensive line protected him surprisingly well. He was sacked only twice, and rarely faced pressure. On several occasions, he had nearly 10 seconds to stand statuequely in the pocket, survey the field, and try to find a receiver breaking open.

2015 Week 4 vs GB (13 / 25 / 160 / 0 / 1 pass, 10 / 57 / 0 rush)

Kaepernick is nothing if not consistent. This week's performance was more of the same: Scrambling too early and too often, taking sacks unnecessarily, relying almost entirely on short passes, and not delivering the ball accurately. On San Francisco's first drive, three of these four deficiencies were on display. Down 7-0, the coaches called a rare first-down pass play. On the seventh step of his drop, with zero pass pressure, Kaepernick took off running. In the box score, that was a 12-yard gain; on tape, it's the sign of a quarterback who doesn't throw with anticipation. On the next play, again with zero pressure, Kaepernick one-hopped a five-yard pass. Finally, on 3rd-and-7 situation, and again with zero presure, Kaepernick quickly threw a three-yard pass to Reggie Bush on a tightly-covered angle route. Result: punt. If he had let the other routes develop, he would have seen Torrey Smith open on a 15-yard out. Instead, he threw it to Bush before Smith got out of his break. Also worth noting is that 40 of Kaepernick's 125 passing yards came on a glorified jet sweep: Quinton Patton motioned inside presnap as per usual, but he received the ball on a shovel pass rather than the traditional handoff (or pitch).

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (9 / 19 / 67 / 0 / 4 pass, 7 / 46 / 1 rush)

Two of Kaepernick's first four passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns. Both were due to a combination of poor decision-making and poor mechanics. On the first, he stared down Vernon Davis the entire time, but (for whatever reason) chose not to throw the ball when Davis broke his route to the outside. That fraction of a second allowed Arizona's pass rush to reach him, altering both his arm angle and his ability to drive through the throw with his legs, resulting in a fluttering pass that had no chance to reach its target. The second pick-six was a carbon copy of the first except that Boldin wasn't Kaepernick's initial read. Just the same, however, he held on to the ball too long, allowing the pass rush to reach him, and ended up throwing a sidearm pass off of his back foot. From there, and this is not a typo, Kaepernick didn't throw another pass until over a quarter later (9:14 left in the first to 5:39 left in the second). In addition to these two lowlights, it's also remarkable that the 49ers' pass offense could muster only 9 completions for only 67 yards despite being down at least three scores for the final 44 minutes of game time. If you can't produce respectable fantasy stats against a bend-but-don't-break defense protecting an insurmountable lead, when can you?

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (33 / 46 / 335 / 2 / 0 pass, 9 / 51 / 0 rush)

How one interprets Kaepernick's performance in this game from a fantasy perspective depends on how often one thinks San Francisco is going to face such a large deficit so early in a game. If one thinks that's going to happen frequently going forward, then it's a positive sign that Kaepernick has a 335-2-0-0 game in him. If not, then Sunday's performance was a red herring. When the 49ers were within two scores in the first half, Kaepernick's performance was typical of his track record. Behind an offensive line that's good at run-blocking but awful at pass-protecting, he threw short, took three sacks, scrambled twice for 22 yards, and handed the ball off a lot. Going into San Francisco's final four drives, Kaepernick had only thrown for 74 yards, with no touchdowns. In other words, nearly all of his stats came in the final 24 minutes of the game with his team down four or more scores. From a scouting perspective, there were both positives and negatives. On the positive side, his accuracy issues on out-breaking routes over the past month seem to have been resolved, and didn't throw a pass that even came close to being intercepted. On the negative side, Kaepernick seemed to fall into his old habit of either crumpling into the fetal position or running for his life when faced with pressure. He also seemed reluctant to pull the trigger on throws downfield and looked indecisive in his reads.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (17 / 26 / 165 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 41 / 0 rush)

True to form, Kaepernick impressed with his legs, had red-hot stretches of passing efficiency between ice-cold stretches of inefficiency, and spent most of his time handing the ball off to a running back. The 49ers' first drive was a microcosm of same. Five of the first six plays were handoffs. He sprinkled in two completions in two attempts to get the team down to Minnesota's 13-yard line. After a penalty, he scrambled for 8 yards when no one was open. Then the drive stalled with two incompletions, one of which involved missing Vernon Davis open in the end zone. And so it continued. The second drive included two handoffs, two scrambles, a short completion, and another overthrown pass in Davis' direction. It wasn't until midway through the second quarter that things started to click: From 5:45 until halftime until there was 9:44 left in the fourthquarter, Kaepernick completed 13 of 16 passes for 109 yards and scrambled twice for 24 yards, leading the offense to 17 points in that span. Perhaps most noteworthy for projecting Kaepernick's fantasy value going forward is that the 49ers' offensive line, which looked out of their depth during the preseason, protected him shockingly well, allowing only one sack and one quarterback hit. Kapernick was hurried 15 times, but -- also unexpectedly -- he tended to remain in the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield, rather than running for his life by default. Given what we've learned about Kaepernick's skill set over the past few seasons, his performance against Minnesota exceeded expectations on the whole.


Latest News

49ers | Colin Kaepernick had more extensive tear (Wed Nov 25, 10:10 AM) - Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) had a more significant tear in his left labrum than originally believed, according to a source. He'll require four to six months of rehabilitation.

Our View: Nobody knows if Kaepernick is going to return to the 49ers next year. We could see him with another team as the 49ers might be done with the pure-sight thrower who never devloped as a passer.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick has surgery (Tue Nov 24, 12:14 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his left shoulder Tuesday, Nov. 24, and he is expected to need a recovery time of four to six months, according to a source.

Our View: There's no telling whether or not Kaepernick will be back with the 49ers next year. At this time, his future with the team seems to be in doubt.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick's surgery scheduled (Sat Nov 21, 03:47 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) will undergo surgery on his non-throwing shoulder Monday, Nov. 23, or Tuesday, Nov. 24, according to a source.

Our View: Kaepernick is done for the 2015 season, and many are wondering what his future holds in San Francisco. He's technically under contract through 2020, but Kaepernick has a $16 million cap number in 2016 and there's about $7.3 million left in dead money on his deal. The way his deal is structured, Kaepernick would need to pass a physical next year before the 49ers could release him.
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49ers | Dylan Thompson promoted (Sat Nov 21, 02:16 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Dylan Thompson was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Nov. 21, in light of QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) being placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Our View: Thompson, a rookie UDFA out of South Carolina, is now going to serve as the team's primary backup behind Blaine Gabbert. From a dynasty perspective, Thompson is an interesting prospect to monitor in deeper leagues. Thompson has a strong arm, but he's got to improve his footwork to improve his accuracy.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick to have surgery (Sat Nov 21, 02:08 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list to undergo surgery, according to a source.

Our View: The injury is believed to be on his non-throwing shoulder. His time with the 49ers may have come to a close.
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