The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers will open training camp at the end of the month. But before the pads come on and the competition for 53 coveted roster spots begin, 49ers.com will preview the storylines to track for each position group on the team. San Francisco’s quarterbacks come into focus next in our “49ers Camp Preview” series.OVERVIEW
The youngest quarterback to start a postseason game in 49ers history has garnered significant attention this offseason.
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The emerging leader has been a constant worker at team headquarters. Kaepernick has been praised by veteran teammates for his work ethic. According to the 49ers coaching staff, Kaepernick improved in a number of areas of his game. As San Francisco’s unquestioned starter entering his third season, all eyeballs will be on Kaepernick when training camp rolls around. No matter, the confident quarterback likes it that way.
Kaepernick’s presence atop the depth chart is set, but the spots behind the 49ers athletic quarterback will be determined based on performance in training camp and preseason games. The 49ers acquired McCoy from the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2013 NFL Draft and have been pleased with the offseason performance of the fourth-year passer who has made 21 career NFL starts. McCoy is learning his fourth playbook in four seasons, but still managed to complete several downfield passes in San Francisco’s Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp. McCoy will face competition from Tolzien and Daniels, two intriguing prospects who have much to offer. Tolzien’s strengths center on his accuracy and cerebral play. Daniels, on the other hand, provides athleticism and play-making ability at the position, much like Kaepernick.
Kaepernick averaged 10.6 yards per carry in the 2012 postseason.
“I’d just say everything. His approach, his expectations, his understanding of everything. Certainly everybody’s got something to work on, if not multiple things, but he’s light years ahead of where he was last year.”
-Offensive coordinator Greg Roman gave this response when asked where Kaepernick made the biggest strides in the offseason.