SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick spoke at his locker Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said about football.
ME: Do you feel you’re ready to play full time?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah. That’s what I prepare for. That’s why I’m in the weight room, why I’m in practice, all those things.
ME: Why do you think Chip Kelly keeps saying you’re not ready?
KAEPERNICK: I think it’s the fact that my weight isn’t where it was. My strength is still growing, developing. But once again, I’m always going to be prepared, always ready to put it on the line for this team.
ME: Do you feel you have to be 225 pounds to play quarterback?
KAEPERNICK: Once again, we’re just trying to build. Whenever he feels like I’m ready to step on that field and ready to put me out there, I’ll be ready and willing.
Q: What about your speed? Is that where it was pre-injury?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, I don’t feel like I have any issues there. Once again, I go out to practice, do everything full speed, make sure I’m prepared for when my number is called.
Q: Has it been frustrating watching the offense from the sideline? Do you think you could add something different?
KAEPERNICK: It’s something that the team always wants to win. I think that’s the only frustration. There’s things that we need to improve, we have to address because the last two weeks weren’t good enough. That’s something we have to do as a team to make sure we go out and get wins.
Q: Do you feel if you were out there it would be a different offense?
KAEPERNICK: That remains to be seen. It’s still going to be the same offense. Obviously I’m very confident in my talents and what I’m able to bring to the table, but it will still be the same offense.
Q: What is your program to gain weight?
KAEPERNICK: Eat food. And a lot of it. That’s something that I’ve always constantly had to do and be conscious of. I have a very lean body type, so putting weight on for me is a little more difficult that for others.
Q: But you’ve got to feel that you can play at under 225 pounds, right?
KAEPERNICK: Once again, I’m always ready to play. I’m always ready to step on the field and put it on the line for my team.