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QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

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

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General News (Wed Feb 3): wants to leave the 49ers and join the New York Jets, according to sources. Sources indicated the Jets are aware of and intrigued by Kaepernick's aspiration, but they are still in the early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation, according to sources. Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, however, said he doesn't want the team to acquire Kaepernick and wants the team to re-sign impending free-agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I don't want Kaepernick," Marshall said on ESPN's First Take. "I think he's good. My guy's Fitz,' Marshall explained. 'It's nothing against Kaepernick, but what I'm saying is that I have my quarterbacks and I'm good." Reports later state the Jets are not and have not been interested in Kaepernick. Kaepernick has wanted out of San Francisco for months now, and the hiring of new head coach Chip Kelly hasn't changed his stance. A trade remains very likely. The Jets may not be interested, but there should be a team out there who might trade for him. It seems like Kaepernick's time in San Francisco is over.

General News (Tue Feb 2): 49ers chief executive officer Jed York can see Colin Kaepernick winning his starting job back in 2016 if he is healthy. "There's no question in my mind," York replied. "I've always had a very, very high opinion of Kap. Kap's a great kid, he's done a lot of great things for us. And again, this is a fresh start for everybody."

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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.

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Broncos | Denver unlikely to pursue big-name QB (Thu Apr 28, 11:28 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford are unlikely to be pursued by the Denver Broncos after the team selected QB Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, but Denver could still add a veteran quarterback at some point.

Our View: Since they got their quarterback, this isn't a shock. They got what they wanted out of Thursday, and part of that was not having to spend money or picks for a retread.
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Broncos | Kaepernick trade unlikely by Sunday (Wed Apr 27, 04:15 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is not expected to be traded to the Denver Broncos by Sunday, May 1, as there have been no talks of late.

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Broncos | Colin Kaepernick to DEN still likely? (Wed Apr 27, 02:32 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is likely to be acquired by the Denver Broncos, in the opinion of ESPN analyst, and former NFL executive, Mark Dominik. Dominik said Wednesday, April 27, on ESPN's Russillo and Kanell, that when Kaepernick met with Broncos team president John Elway, the parameters of a deal and a contract were likely mapped out. Dominik said it didn't benefit the 49ers to let Kaepernick visit the Broncos if a deal wasn't going to happen. Dominik opined that he thinks a trade could happen Friday, April 29, or Saturday, April 30, because the 49ers are likely set on drafting a quarterback in the first three rounds.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick not throwing (Wed Apr 27, 12:29 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, thumb, knee) is attending the team's voluntary minicamp this week but hasn't resume throwing.

Our View: Perhaps this is part of what is holding up the potential deal between the 49ers and Broncos. Kaepernick did come to the Broncos facility earlier in the offseason, so they might know more about his medical situation than we do.
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49ers | Colin Kaepernick trade may still happen (Wed Apr 27, 11:07 AM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick could still be traded this week, according to general manager Trent Baalke.

Our View: This is no surprise, as the draft acts as a "deadline" for teams to make deals because they won't get their compensation until next year if they wait for this year's draft to end before sealing a deal. Teams are also making decisions in the draft based on their current roster, so it is important to square that away during this NFL plate tectonic shift. Kaepernick has been rumored to be a Bronco as long as the 49ers get a quarterback in this draft.
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