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QB Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco 49ers

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

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Some of the old bugaboos of staring down receivers and telegraphing throws bit Kaepernick, his fantasy owners, and the 49ers in a game they had complete control of at halftime. He did have a good day as a runner, but Kaepernick is still hard to trust in Week 3 at Arizona.

General News (Fri Sep 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Colin Kaepernick has thrown 37/57 for 449 yards, three TDs and three interceptions to date, with 14/77/0 rushing so far. Last week, he tossed 21/34 for 248 yards passing, with one TD and three interceptions thrown, while taking four sacks for -16 yards. The turnovers killed the 49ers' chances to win the football game. Michael Crabtree finally looked like a #1 wideout with nine targets for 7/82/1 receiving during the game, which marginalized Vernon Davis (three for 3/39/0) and Anquan Boldin (six for 2/34/0) in terms of production - Davis was also hampered by an ankle injury that knocked him out of the game and led to him leaving the stadium on crutches. He had an MRI on September 15 - stay tuned to's Players in the News later in the week to see if Davis can practice (or not) before inserting him in a lineup this week, folks. Arizona was tied for 14th in the NFL last season averaging 233 passing yards allowed per game, with 20 interceptions (tied for fifth) and 47 sacks (tied for sixth) over 16 games. This is a hard-nose, ball-hawking unit, friends. Philip Rivers managed 21/36 for 238 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Arizona on Monday Night Football's nightcap game during Week 1. Eli Manning managed 26/39 for 260 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -17 yards during Week 2. They average 249 net passing yards allowed per game to date this year, in the bottom third of the league (22nd), through two contests. Kaepernick may have to do without Davis this week, but he's still got a nice passing matchup here - advantage, San Francisco.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DAL 16 23 201 2 0 5 11 0 0
2 vs CHI 21 34 248 1 3 9 66 0 1
3 at ARI 29 37 245 1 0 13 54 0 0
3 at ARI PROJ-Dodds 17 31 * * * 7 * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay 17 27 * * * 7 * * *
3 at ARI PROJ-Bloom 16 28 * * * 7 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs DAL (16 / 23 / 201 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 11 / 0 rush)

The game script had a huge impact on Kaepernick's day, but not quite as big as the Cowboys atrocious play in the secondary. Due to Cowboys' turnovers the 49ers only ran five plays in the first quarter and due to the score, Kaepernick only threw 9 passes in the second half. Maybe his most impressive two plays came on the team's first offensive drive. First, Kaepernick avoided a defender, stepped up in the pocket and launched a beautiful throw to Anquan Boldin for a 37 yard gain just before being clobbered. On the very next play he stepped out of an ankle tackle and threw a strike to a wide open Vernon Davis for a 29 yard touchdown. The next time he got the ball, it was at the two yard line and Kaepernick used the play action and again found Davis wide open for another score. Kaeprnick dealt well with heavy pressure several times in the game, but the 49ers were able to mitigate that by focusing on short routes underneath the porous zone the Cowboys were attempting to play. A large percentage of Kaepernick's completions came to wide open receivers underneath the zone. Kaepernick did have one interception dropped that came as a result of the pass rush getting to him and hitting his arm as he threw. Kaepernick was not active or successful with his legs, but the 49ers didn't need him to be.

2014 Week 2 vs CHI (21 / 34 / 248 / 1 / 3 pass, 9 / 66 / 0 rush)

For the second consecutive week the 49ers defense gave Kaepernick help early in the game. His first snap came from the Bears 8 yard line. After overshooting Anquan Boldin, Kaepernick found Michael Crabtree wide open in the right flats for a 3 yard touchdown. Kaepernick made a good throw on the move for a 21 yard gain early in the second drive but had an interception dropped two throws later. In the second quarter Kaepernick looked to Boldin deep off play-action and had his pass picked off on an excellent play by the safety. The young quarterback was running often and finding success on the read option, but the team's next drive ended when he fumbled the ball away after a four yard gain. The second half started with an 84 yard drive that ended in a field goal. While most of the damage was done on the ground, Kaepernick did make a beautiful pass on a slant to Steve Johnson for a 20 yard gain. The pass was bullet thrown just out of the reach of a diving corner. Kaepernick's second pick came on a hitch to Michael Crabtree where he threw to the wrong side of Crabtree. The interception set up the Bears with a short field and put the 49ers behind for the first time. On 3rd down and 12 Kaepernick made a poor decision and threw across his body, floating a ball that was picked off and set up another short field for the Bears. With the 49ers down 8 and less than 7 minutes to go, Kaepernick made a valiant effort at leading them to the tying score. He did his best to avoid a fervent Bears pass rush, avoiding two rushers and picking up 15 yards on a key 3rd and 3 play. Later in the drive he avoided pressure and hit Crabtree for a 9 yard gain on 4th and 6. In the end the drive came up just short in large part due to a delay of game penalty and Kaepernick's final pass went off the fingertips of Michael Crabtree in the end zone. He gave plenty of ammo to both his supporters and detractors but the four turnovers far outweighed anything positive he did with his legs.


Latest News

49ers | Colin Kaepernick ready to go (Sun Sep 21, 02:51 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (back) is active for the team's Week 3 game.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick practices fully (Fri Sep 19, 07:49 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (back) was able to practice in full Friday, Sept. 19, and he is listed as probable for Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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49ers | Colin Kaepernick practices (Thu Sep 18, 09:14 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (back) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: he needs to stop staring down receivers before he makes a throw. His rushing ability will always keep him somewhat fantasy relevant, but you may have a better option at QB this week.
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