Colin Kaepernick will start at QB for 49ers on Sunday
Colin Kaepernick will get another start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers this week, head coach Chip Kelly announced Monday. Kelly wouldn't commit to Kaepernick
Kelly wouldn't commit to Kaepernick starting another game following the 49ers' 45-16 loss to Buffalo on Sunday but said on Monday that Kaepernick would start in the upcoming game against Tampa Bay.
"Colin will be our quarterback against Tampa Bay," Kelly said. "I think there's some things he did on Sunday 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 try to build with him and get him going. He gives us the best chance against Tampa Bay next week."
Kaepernick threw for 187 yards on 13-of-29 passing with one touchdown and zero interceptions against the Bills. Kelly approved of Kaepernick avoiding turnovers and keeping plays alive running the football (66 yards on eight carries).
"I thought he did a good job protecting the football for us on the offensive side of the ball... He gave us some opportunities there in the run game," Kelly said.
Kelly also said he's seen improvement with Kaepernick physically since training camp, which is when Kaepernick was still trying to work his way back from multiple offseason surgeries.
"I see a different Colin out there now than I do seven weeks ago when we were in camp trying to make a final decision on where we were going to be from a quarterback standpoint," Kelly said. "I I see a little bit of difference. I think he's up closer to 220 now. Not that the weight is a number that has to be a certain thing that he has to get to, but I think he's gotten stronger and he's gotten a little bit faster since we last had this conversation."
The 49ers and Buccaneers kick off at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday.
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