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San Fran's Colin Kaepernick set an NFL single-game record for a QB by rushing for 183 yards against the Packers on Saturday night. He carried 16 times and scored twice as the 'Niners dusted off the Pistol formation. Kaep tacked on another 263 yards and 2 TDs through the air. "That was unbelievable," well-respected Packers GM Ted Thompson said afterwards. "He did everything. I mean, I had read the press clippings and seen some of the highlights. But to watch what he did… oh my, that was special." Kaepernick has displayed a cannon arm and impressive accuracy all season long. And the 25-year-old will only get better -- especially working with QB guru Jim Harbaugh. But it's Kaepernick's rushing ability that will make him a fantasy stud. Expect to see him safely inside our top 10 QBs this summer.
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that QB Colin Kaepernick will remain the team's starter. The Rams did a nice job bottling him up yesterday, but Kaepernick still completed 66% of his throws and ran for a season high 84 yards. He'll once again boast QB1 upside in an easier matchup against the Dolphins this weekend.
49ers HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed that QB Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday's game against the Rams. QB Alex Smith has been cleared from that concussion, but the 'Niners are sticking with the hot hand. Although Harbaugh wouldn't commit to Kaepernick as his starter the rest of the season, he's not going anywhere if he continues to play like he has been. Kaepernick has tossed for 474 yards and 3 scores over the past 2 weeks, adding another 37 yards and 1 TD on the ground. He's 11th among QBs in fantasy points during that span. Kaepernick will be a low-end QB1 with upside beyond that for Week 13.
Related Players: Alex Smith
Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter hears from a team source that the 49ers are going with QB Colin Kaepernick as their starter for Sunday's game against the Saints. HC Jim Harbaugh has reportedly informed QB Alex Smith of the decision. While Smith has been a solid game-manager for San Fran, Kaepernick brings a completely different dimension. The offense was electric with him under center this past Monday night. Kaepernick displayed a big-time arm and impressive accuracy. And he has plenty of athleticism to make plays with his legs. Add it all up and you get a lofty fantasy ceiling. That's only heightened this week with a matchup against New Orleans' leaky defense. Consider Kaepernick a spot-starter with loads of upside in that one.
Colin Kaepernick's ultra-impressive starting debut against the Bears on Monday night has created a QB controversy in San Fran. 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh was non-committal when asked about the situation in his post-game press conference. "We'll see," was Harbaugh's response. "We tend to go with the hot-hand, and both guys are hot right now." It's a bit surprising considering how successful the 'Niners have been with Alex Smith under center the past 2 years. But the electricity Kaepernick brought to the offense on Monday night can't be ignored. He finished 16 of 23 for 243 yards and 2 TDs. He added 12 yards on 4 carries -- and we know there's rushing upside beyond that. Kaepernick is certainly worth grabbing in all fantasy leagues as we wait for this situation to sort itself out. It's not even guaranteed that Smith will be medically cleared before this weekend's game against the Saints.
The 'Niners have signed 2nd-round rookie QB Colin Kaepernick to a 4-year deal. He's been medically-cleared after undergoing minor leg surgery back in May, so the camp battle with QB Alex Smith is set to begin. Smith is the heavy favorite to enter Week 1 as the starter, but we're expecting to see Kaepernick on the field later in the season.
49ers rookie QB Colin Kaepernick has been medically-cleared to participate in all football activities after undergoing leg surgery back in May. It sounds like Kaepernick has been feeling healthy for a while now, but it's nice to know that he'll be a full-go for training camp. He's a long shot to beat out QB Alex Smith for San Fran's starting job, but we're expecting to see Kaepernick on the field later on in the year.
49ers rookie QB Colin Kaepernick has reportedly looked super-impressive in player-organized workouts. According to Pro Football Weekly, he “literally knocked free-agent WR Lance Long off his feet on one slant route.” Although QB Alex Smith is considered the heavy favorite to be under center for the ‘Niners come Week 1, Kaepernick has a clear edge in the talent department. There’s a good chance he takes the reins of this offense at some point in 2011.
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been a full participant in recent player-organized workouts. It’s great news, as the rookie underwent minor surgery on his leg less than 2 months ago. He’ll be a full-go for training camp, but his odds of winning the starting job for Week 1 remain slim.
49ers beat writer Matt Barrows reports that QB Colin Kaepernick has been off his crutches for over a week-and-a-half and has begun working out with his teammates. Kaepernick underwent minor lower leg surgery shortly after the NFL Draft. He'll be ready in plenty of time for training camp.
The 49ers revealed that QB Colin Kaepernick underwent minor surgery on his left leg shortly after the draft. It's unclear exactly what was wrong with the leg, but the team doesn't sound concerned. "The 49ers are aware that Colin Kaepernick underwent a procedure to address a pre-existing injury and were fully aware of the injury at the time of the draft,” the team’s official statement reads. “The 49ers have no concerns regarding his health and are confident that he will be ready for the 2011 NFL season." Kaepernick also confirmed that he fully expects to be ready for training camp. "I don't feel like it's going to slow me down at all," he said. "I'll be ready for the season, ready for training camp. I'll be ready." Kaepernick didn't miss a single game due to injury at Nevada, and it doesn't look like this will be a concern moving forward.
49ers GM Trent Baalke insinuated that the team will use QB Colin Kaepernick as a runner even if he doesn't win the starting job in training camp this summer. "Who's to say we're not going to have him in 'The Pistol,'" Baalke said. "Coming out of the Pistol offense, it's also going to be a little bit of an advantage for us to have some quarterback-driven runs in our offense that teams are going to have to prepare for." Sounds a bit like how the Broncos used Tim Tebow early last year. It won't be enough to give Kaepernick any real fantasy value, but it could put a dent in RB Frank Gore's upside if Kaepernick steals too many carries.
Related Players: Frank Gore
One of the biggest knocks on 49ers rookie QB Colin Kaepernick is his funky throwing motion. But the Niners don't seem concerned. And they don't plan on adjusting Kaepernick's delivery. "It’s like a golf swing – all that matters is the end result," GM Trent Baalke said. "We’re comfortable with his motion." Remember that scouts were concerned with Philip Rivers' throwing motion coming out of NC State. He's turned out to be a pretty good QB. Kaepernick completed 65% of his balls at Nevada last year. He's plenty accurate despite the unorthodox delivery.
With the lockout still in place, 49ers rookie QB Colin Kaepernick doesn't have the team's playbook, and he's unable to meet with the coaching staff. But that's not preventing him from learning HC Jim Harbaugh's offense. Kaepernick plans on working with Stanford QB Andrew Luck, who was coached by Harbaugh the last 3 years, to starting learning the scheme. "I'm going to try and pick his brain as much as I can and try to get a jump-start into this offense, and pick up as much as I can from him," Kaepernick said. He's a bit of a project, but we wouldn't put it past him to beat out QB Alex Smith for the 49ers' starting job. Kaepernick has a chance to be special under Harbaugh's tutelage.
The 49ers traded up in the 2nd-round to grab Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. An excellent athlete with a big arm and a good understanding of coverage schemes, Kaepernick has as much upside as any QB in this draft class. But he's a project and is a longshot to make an impact this year. There's still a good chance that the Niners bring back QB Alex Smith. Still, we like the landing spot for Kaepernick. He has weapons to work with in WR Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis. Plus, new HC Jim Harbaugh knows how to get the most out of his QBs.
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