Colin Kaepernick named starter for Week 7, Bills players say he's 'terrible'
Apparently, Bills players thought Colin Kaepernick looked a little rusty
The reviews are in on Colin Kaepernick, and they're not pretty.
After the Bills beat the 49ers 45-16 on Sunday, several Bills players were asked about Kaepernick's performance. Let's just say they weren't impressed. Following the game, an anonymous Bills player described Kaepernick in 12 words.
"Done. Terrible. More a distraction than a contributing member of the team," the player told Bleacher Report.
It wasn't only anonymous players who were ripping Kaepernick's play. Bills corner Stephon Gilmore had no problem explaining why he wasn't impressed with Kaepernick.
According to Gilmore, the Bills had such little respect for Kaepernick's arm that the team game-planned around it.
"We wanted to do everything we could to make him throw the ball," Gilmore said. "I mean, he's an athlete. You can't take that from him. But when it comes to passing the ball, he can't really throw. We wanted to make him beat us with his arm, and he couldn't do that."
Although Kaepernick wasn't great in the game -- he finished 13 of 29 for 187 yards and a touchdown -- he did enough to earn a second start with the team. Chip Kelly announced Monday that Kaepernick would be the 49ers' starting quarterback for this week's game against the Buccaneers.
"Colin will be our quarterback against Tampa Bay," Kelly said Monday. "I think there are some things he did on Sunday that you can build upon. For his first extended playing time since last year, I thought there were some real positives there that we need to continue to kind of try to build with him and get him going."
Kelly was then asked to name some specific things that Kaepernick did well.
"I think he kept a lot of plays alive and he's looking not only to, sometimes the protection broke down, but he kept some plays alive from that standpoint," Kelly said. "Did a good job keeping the ball out of harm's way. Didn't throw any interceptions. It didn't seem like, there were no balls where you were like, 'Oh geez, that was a close one.' Sometimes you can have a game where you didn't throw any interceptions, but you should have, the defense just dropped them. I thought he did a good job protecting the football for us on the offensive side of the ball."
Kelly was also impressed with the way Kaepernick ran the ball. The 49ers quarterback averaged 8.25 yards per carry against the Bills (eight carries, 66 yards).
"I think he had what was it 88 yards rushing? He gave us, 66 or 88, double-digit number, whatever it was," Kelly said. "Gave us some opportunities there in the run game. So, going forward kind of try to build upon what he did this past week."
Although Gilmore seemed to blame Kaepernick's arm for the 49ers' problems, the big reason the 49ers lost Sunday was because they couldn't stop Buffalo's running game. The Bills ran for 312 yards against the 49ers, which was the team's highest rushing total since 1992.
Anyway, if Kaepernick was rusty, it's hard to fault him. After all, he was making his first start since Nov. 11, 2015. That being said, if Kaepernick doesn't improve over the next two weeks, Kelly might just want to move on. Over the next two games, the 49ers get to face defenses that are currently ranked 20th (Buccaneers) and 31st (Saints) in the NFL.
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