Kelly says preseason games will confirm 49ers QB competition

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Coach Chip Kelly is putting Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert on equal balance as they contest for a San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback job.

Both players perceived a same series of use reps by a initial 3 days of training camp. Kelly pronounced he will use preseason games to confirm a starter.

“They’re not going to get strike in any of a training sessions and there’s no quarterback in a NFL or even college that substantially gets strike in practice,” Kelly said.

“So, unequivocally a large integrity with those guys will be a preseason games are going to be outrageous for those guys.”

Gabbert transposed Kaepernick 9 games into final deteriorate after a 49ers went 2-6 in Kaepernick’s starts underneath former manager Jim Tomsula. They finished 3-5 with Gabbert starting, who posted a career-best 86.2 passer rating after a violent three-year reign in Jacksonville led to a trade to San Francisco in 2014.

Kaepernick missed a infancy of a offseason module while recuperating from 3 surgeries. He was placed on harmed haven in Nov to have medicine on his left shoulder. After a season, he had procedures on his throwing palm and left knee.

While recovering, Kaepernick during use stood yards behind descent drills and took mental notes. That helped him transition to Kelly’s up-tempo offense before being privileged by group doctors to attend in training stay this week.

“It felt good only to be behind on a margin to start with, and afterwards to get into a offense and unequivocally penetrate my teeth into and get gentle with it,” Kaepernick said. “It felt good with all we was doing.”

Gabbert, who was comparison 26 spots forward of Kaepernick in a 2011 draft, faces giveaway group subsequent open and is looking to urge on final deteriorate to reanimate his career after a Jaguars went 5-22 in his starts.

As a 22-year-old rookie, Gabbert transposed maestro David Gerrard in a starting lineup.

“This isn’t my initial quarterback foe I’ve ever been in and really won’t be a last,” Gabbert said. “So when you’re out there, you’ve only got to make a many out of your opportunities and go out there and have fun.”

While Gabbert and Kaepernick are competing for a starting job, they’re also perplexing to learn Kelly’s fast-paced offense. His no-huddle conflict led to a Eagles ranking final in time of possession in Kelly’s 3 seasons, that tests players physically and mentally.

“When you’re physically tired, you’ve still got to think,” Gabbert said. “That’s something you’ve got to work tough during since when your physique starts going, start respirating hard, you’ve still got to routine a information, a play call entrance into your headset, know what your review is, either it’s a run diversion or pass diversion being means to kind of duty when you’re tired.”

Kaepernick spent his time off before training stay perplexing to recover weight after a surgeries impacted his weight lifting regimen.

“Yeah, (I’m) really putting a lot of weight behind on,” Kaepernick said. “I don’t demeanour like my high propagandize self anymore. we feel like we demeanour some-more like an adult now.”


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