Harbaugh: “The great thing about Colin Kaepernick is the way he handles pressure.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said about Colin Kaepernick Tuesday afternoon, courtesy of the 49ers.

What’s the biggest growth, or difference maybe you’ve seen in QB Colin Kaepernick coming into this mini-camp knowing that this is his first full year as a starter? What are some of the intangibles you may have seen in him during practice?

“Well, they’ve always really been good. He’s another person he’s doing things for the second time now, in a way. It’s not going from his rookie season to his second season. But, definitely the experience he got last year playing and starting. There’s some of that aspect there. The great thing about Colin Kaepernick is the way he handles pressure. Some people don’t handle it very well because they want to be in their comfort zone. And Colin Kaepernick is somebody that thrives on it and embraces it. And there’s no question that when you’re at the top of the game, those type of players, [RB] Frank Gore, [LB] Patrick Willis, [TE] Vernon Davis, Colin Kaepernick, [DT] Justin Smith, many others who have proven themselves and have played at a very high level. There’s more pressure on them than there is for guys that have made the team. Those guys have to stay at the top. It’s the pressure to continue to get better and to thrive and be a top performer in this league. Pressure on guys trying to make the team, of course. But, there’s a lot further fall from the guys that have proven it. And the good thing about Kap is what I said at the beginning, is he thrives on that. He really embraces it. Loves to challenge himself. That kind of pressure, that kind of stress, really keeps him stimulated, keeps him motivated. His brain doesn’t get lazy. He understands what’s at stake and continues to improve in all aspects of his game from what we’ve seen.”

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