SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick answered questions in the 49ers’ locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here are selected quotes.
Q: Have you had any issues with your shoulder this week, or has it been normal?
KAEPERNICK: Everything has been going great. Everything has been going as planned. Excited to get out there this Friday.
Q: The approach was very cautious. Do you think you could have played and returned to practice earlier?
KAEPERNICK: No. I was following doctors’ orders and what our trainers had recommended. It was something we wanted to make sure we stayed on top of because it is the preseason and we have a long season ahead of us to make sure that everything is going as planned going into that.
ME: Do you still think you have a fair chance to win this quarterback competition before Week 1?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah. Most definitely. I’m going to go out and show everything I can these next two games and make sure I put my best foot forward to show this organization, this team, this coaching staff what I’m capable of.
Q: Are you going to wear your visor during this game?
Q: Chip said you’re not on a pitch count this week, but did you have to do anything additional before or after practice to manage the shoulder?
KAEPERNICK: No. Same maintenance that I’ve always done. Not something that I’m concerned about at this point. Just making sure I do everything I can to go out and put my best foot forward.
Q: Do you think Blaine Gabbert has an inherent advantage in this competition given he took all of the first-team reps the last two weeks and during the offseason training program?
KAEPERNICK: No. I can only worry about myself. I focus on the reps that I get and the mental reps that I’ve taken, so when I step on the field I feel like I’m very prepared.
Q: How are you feeling physically after throwing again?
Q: Your arm is good?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah. Ready to go.
Q: Has the tinted visor been approved for the regular season?
KAEPERNICK: Still working on that.
Q: But you can do whatever you want during the exhibition season?
KAEPERNICK: From my understanding.
Q: How frustrating was it to basically watch while you’re in the middle of a quarterback competition?
KAEPERNICK: Very. Very frustrating. Not something I was expecting, but at the same time it was something I had to deal and make sure I was prepared for it this coming game.
Q: Where do you think you are in terms of getting your full strength back that you had before all the procedures?
KAEPERNICK: I feel very comfortable with my strength. I’m prepared to play and ready to go. Not something I’m concerned about.
Q: What do you think of this offense? Does it suit you?
KAEPERNICK: It has been great. It’s something that I think I’m very comfortable in. It’s very similar to what I did in college. At this point I don’t think there’s any reason to be cautious or be uncomfortable in the offense. I’m very excited about what we’re capable of doing and the opportunities that we do have.
Q: You said in early June you hadn’t had a chance to talk with Trent Baalke since you got back. We talked to Trent last week and he said you’d had a good conversation together a few weeks ago. What is your relationship like with the general manager?
KAEPERNICK: We have a business relationship. That’s the point that we’re at.
Q: You had a good conversation? Would you characterize that as accurate?
KAEPERNICK: Uh, we had a conversation.
Q: Do you feel good about the way your situation physically has been handled by the team?
KAEPERNICK: Once again, I’m not getting into all the specifics, anything like that. We’re focusing on football. My focus right now is this game Friday.
ME: When you initially hurt your shoulder, you said you’d felt that tightness before when you played baseball and you bounced back quickly before. Eight to 10 years later, do you find your shoulder recovers less quickly than it used to?
KAEPERNICK: No. At this point I would say I bounce back quicker than I did in the past. Baseball is very taxing on the shoulder. Football not as much.