Colin Kaepernick | QB | San Francisco 49ers
Posted: 4/10/2015 10:41pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has been impressive this offseason and looks like a different quarterback, according to TE Vernon Davis.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick posted career-low numbers in yards-per-attempt (7.0) and QBR (55.86) while finishing 16th among all QBs with 314 fantasy points, so it actually won't take much for him to improve. Re-establishing his lost connection with Davis -- who somehow only had 26 catches for 245 yards and two TDs -- will go a long way toward turning things around.
Posted: 4/7/2015 1:38pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick continues to work with former NFL MVP Kurt Warner this offseason, and Warner's goal is trying to get Kaepernick to wait longer in the pocket as a passer before using his athleticism as a crutch. Warner said in a satellite radio interview Monday, April 6, that Kaepernick has relied on his running ability so long that it's a difficult transition to become the type of pocket passer necessary for success in the NFL.
Huddle Up: True to Warner's assessment, Kaepernick's rushing attempts have gone up in each of his four seasons -- reaching 104 this past year while his passer rating has dropped in each of the last three campaigns.
Posted: 4/2/2015 12:25pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's $10.4 million base salary for the 2015 season has become fully guaranteed since he was on the roster Wednesday, April 1.
Huddle Up: Let's see what a new coach and offensive coordinator (Geep Chryst) can do with Kaepernick following his deeply disappointing 2014 season. Besides, the only other roster option is Blaine Gabbert.
Posted: 3/23/2015 8:28pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has a backer in new head coach Jim Tomsula. 'Statistically and all that kind of stuff, people throw those out there -- Colin had his best year, OK. Colin is working down in Arizona. He's a great dude. He's a real good dude. He's a good teammate. He's a neat cat. Colin's going to do real well. Colin's a great football player and even better person. We're really excited about Colin,' Tomsula said.
Huddle Up: Good for the head coach to have your back, especially since the 49ers have spent the offseason watching Kaepernick's weapons leave town. Expect the Niners' offense to revolve around Kaepernick this season, with an uptick in running that should boost his fantasy productivity.
Posted: 2/4/2015 12:15am et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and the team are expected to return to more of a read-option offense in 2015 under head coach Jim Tomsula in order to take advantage of Kaepernick's running ability. There was a sense in the front offense that SF's offense had become too clunky with too many moving parts. The Niners' new offense will be intended to be simpler and get to the line of scrimmage quickly to put pressure on the defense.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick did hit career highs with 104 rushing attempts and 639 yards this past season to finish with the second-most ground yards by a QB. Meanwhile, though, his rushing TDs and passer rating took dips, but maybe a return to more read-option will re-invigorate his numbers across the board.
Posted: 1/9/2015 4:30pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has enlisted the help of former QB Kurt Warner this offseason in order to help him develop as a pocket passer. "He's gotten by on athleticism, and he's made some great plays and had some great games. But I think the goal is in the time that I'm going to have with him is just to see where he's at and what he knows about the position and how far we can push the envelope as far as helping him develop as a pocket passer,' Warner said. Kaepernick ranked 20th in the league with a career-low 86.4 passer rating this season.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick only had one 300-yard game and five multi-TD-pass outings this season and also topped 60 rushing yards in only three games while showing clear signs of regression. Some top-level tutoring combined with a fresh coaching voice certainly can't hurt.
Posted: 12/12/2014 12:15am et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has struggled so far in his career against the Seattle Seahawks, who the team faces this week. Kaepernick has thrown two touchdowns and seven interceptions in four games played against the Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick has struggled enough on his own of late -- 6 TDs and 6 interceptions while averaging 208 passing yards per game over the last 7 outings -- without having to face his old nemesis, on the road no less. Steer clear of all Niners this week.
Posted: 10/14/2014 1:20am et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick hit a career-long 80-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Lloyd with 14 seconds remaining in the first half of the Week 6 game against the St. Louis Rams. Kaepernick threw 2 more TD passes in the second half and finished 22-of-36 for 343 yards and the 3 TDs. He ran for 37 yards on 3 carries and didn't commit a turnover.
Huddle Up: It was easily Kaepernick's best fantasy game of the season and the first in which he's topped 250 passing yards since Week 17 of last season. It also comes just in time for those fantasy GMs wondering whether to pull the plug on the QB as a fantasy starter.
Posted: 8/19/2014 2:23pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said his left foot sustained a bone chip on the forefoot and a ruptured capsule on the ball in Week 2 of last season. In the following four games, he averaged fewer than 16 rushing yards per contest. The Niners tried to reduce risk for him any way possible until he was at full strength. His production on the ground increased as he healed, and San Francisco allowed him to do designed runs in the postseason.
Huddle Up: Despite the issue, Kaepernick finished with the fourth-most rushing yards (524) among all QBs last season and he figures to be right up there again this fall -- a key component of his QB1 rank in almost all leagues.
Posted: 6/4/2014 4:48pm et
The San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement with QB Colin Kaepernick on a six-year extension worth $126 million that will keep him with the team through the 2020 season, according to sources. He'll receive $60 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Nice money for Kaepernick, as the 49ers lock him in for the next half-dozen years. Makes it easier for the Niners to plan out their offense going forward.
Posted: 5/29/2014 11:53pm et
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is expected to have his breakout year in 2014, head coach Jim Harbaugh said at OTAs.
Huddle Up: Kaepernick ranked as a borderline (12th ranked) starting fantasy QB last season, thanks largely to his rushing numbers (524 yards, 4 TDs). It's his passing stats (3,197 yards, 21 TDs) which will definitely need a boost if he's to follow through on Harbaugh's hopes.
Posted: 4/26/2014 12:20am et
Updating a previous report, the San Francisco 49ers are still aiming to have QB Colin Kaepernick signed to a long-term contract extension before the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: The Niners put the brakes on extension talks when Kaepernick was linked to an off-the-field incident, but nothing much has come of the incident so look for the team to return to the bargaining table with their franchise quarterback.