SANTA CLARA – Here’s the first scene from the 49ers’ first practice of the 2011 training camp. New quarterback Colin Kaepernick lined up under new center Adam Snyder, and took snaps as new head coach Jim Harbaugh watched on a knee like an umpire calling balls and strikes. It was these three men in the middle of the field. Harbaugh’s attention was focused completely on Kaepernick, and the rookie was…
Training camp starts Friday and here are the top-five people I’m interested to watch. 1. Jim Harbaugh. It’s important to see how he runs a practice. Does he teach? Does he delegate work to his other coaches? Does he spend most his time with the quarterbacks? 2. Colin Kaepernick. How comfortable is he running the offense? What are his strengths and weaknesses? How does he interact with his teammates? Does…
SANTA CLARA – I was in a group that interviewed Colin Kaepernick and here’s the transcript, but first, here’s an observation. Kaepernick is a smiler, but it’s a particular kind of smile, and it’s different from the smiles of the other rookies. Chris Culliver, the 49ers third round pick, came to the press room after Kaepernick, and he smiled in an “aw, shucks, I’m the new guy,” kind of way….
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick can now throw without limitations and run. Jump? He’s not quite there yet.
It was an odd sight at the 49ers’ offensive camp: Alex Smith, a quarterback not on the 49ers’ roster, taking snaps from David Baas, a center not on the 49ers’ roster.
On the second day, Michael Crabtree rested.
Smith, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds at 21 years old, figures to get bigger. And just how big can he get and still be an effective 3-4 outside linebacker?
Quincy Carter, Kellen Clemens, Drew Stanton … welcome to the club, Colin Kaepernick! (Now don’t throw an interception on your way in.)
Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers’ second-round draft pick, had a minor surgical procedure on his lower left leg earlier this month, the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows reported Friday.
At the snap, Aldon Smith darts right and cuts back left inside Nate Solder, who, completely fooled, wouldn’t make the Pleasanton High varsity if evaluated on this one play. But as Smith closes in on the quarterback, Trent Baalke didn’t talk about his epic juke on Solder. Instead, he focused on his eyes.
Hunter and eight other rookies have their jersey numbers and a few, Hunter included, have some legacies to uphold. First-round pick Aldon Smith has not selected his number (decisions, decisions).
Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh’s latest quarterback, sounds a lot like Todd Mortensen, Jim Harbaugh’s first quarterback. The common thread? They both love football as much as, well, Jim Harbaugh.
Colin Kaepernick is a project. He might have a bigger upside than No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. And, oh my goodness, wait until you see the 49ers’ second-round pick throw lasers while rolling to his left.
Colin Kaepernick’s arrival in San Francisco in no way signals Alex Smith’s departure.
On Wednesday, Harbaugh said he’d more or less arrived at this conclusion: If a quarterback has the right stuff it probably doesn’t matter if he never took a snap from under center in college.
Say this for Colin Kaepernick: He’s made fervent believers out of those who’ve worked with him leading up to the NFL draft.
Kaepernick acknowledged that he’s trying to shorten his delivery – his long windup is one reason he’s earned the project label. But, with a 79 ½-inch wing span, he said there’s only so much shortening he can do.
Rang considers Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert the only quarterback worthy of the Niners’ No. 7 overall pick. He doesn’t view Auburn’s Cam Newton or Arkansas’ Ryan Mallet as good fits for the West Coast Offense.
Lande doesn’t see a potential franchise quarterback in the draft. In fact, he currently doesn’t see a quarterback worthy of a first-round pick, although he’s reserving some judgment on the top-32-worthiness of Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert.