One more preseason game before we can forget about preseason games even though there will be one more preseason game to endure.
Friday’s game against the Packers is mainly meaningful because it will mark the first time since the middle of last season that Colin Kaepernick will play in a football game. Does the man from unsnowy Turlock still have any gas in the tank? Will it be enough to unseat Blaine Gabbert, who’s been the presumptive starter for the entire offseason of minicamps and training camp? Not to mention being good enough to impress the 49er WRs who practically held a block party when Kaepernick was finally benched last year.
Pretty long odds, one might say. Especially considering he’ll only play a quarter of the game or so.
Still, there are many fans who believe the steady downward spiral Kaepernick has been on the past three years is all a product of poor coaching and poor offensive line play. He’ll be his old self under Chip Kelly and the rebuilt O-line. Or at least a lot better than Gabbert will be.
The 49er FO group doesn’t want Colin here, however, and probably hopes he plays well enough to resurrect some trade value but not well enough for Kelly to name him the starter.
Marcus Rush and Tank Carradine have generated a buzz with their pass rushing efforts in the first two preseason games. Still, neither of these guys has played against the other team’s first string O-line, or even the second string line. Best to tamper down the excitement a bit until the games begin for real. The best contribution these two guys have made is to finally push Corey Lemonier off the roster. Another third round Trent Baalke draft bust who’s overstayed his welcome.