Here are the comments that you should know, as well as some thoughts on the statements from the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback.
1. Crabtree's Play
After connecting with
"Even the end of last season he wasn’t 100 percent and he was making plays for us," Kaepernick said of Crabtree, who caught 19 passes for 284 receiving yards and one touchdown in five regular season games. "I’m excited to see what he’s going to do now that he’s 100 percent.”
Crabtree looks great this training camp. Kaepernick co-signed what everybody else is seeing.
"He’s a step or two quicker now," Kaepernick said. "He has burst out of his routes. He has burst when he catches the ball. He looks really good out there."
Comment: Crabtree enters his contract year with a lot of promise to post career numbers.
2. Leadership Time
Kaepernick will be a full-time starter for the second time of his brief career. Now that Kaepernick has been the starting signal-caller since the late stages of the '12 season, he's feeling even more comfortable being a leader on offense.
That means being vocal in the offensive meeting rooms with receivers.
"I think the coaches have a lot more confidence in me doing that," Kaepernick said. "I think I have a lot more confidence doing that now as far as making sure that we’re on the same page and we’re seeing the same thing when we’re on the field. Because ultimately when we step out there there’s not going to be a coach out there telling you to run the route like this. It’s going to be you and the receiver. So, you have to have that communication.”
Is he speaking more because he wants to take charge of the offense, or because there are a bunch of new receivers like Lloyd,
"I think it’s a little bit of both," Kaepernick said. "We want to make sure Stevie, Brandon, Ellington are on the same page with what we have been doing. And at the same time, I want to make sure everyone hears what I’m saying so they see things from my perspective and I hear what they’re saying from their perspective of how they want to run routes."
Comment: Kaepernick feels comfortable saying what needs to be said. That bodes well for a passing game that is looking to climb the NFL rankings from the league's 30th overall unit last season (averaging 186.2 yards per game).
With all those new receivers, Kaepernick said the offense is "at a great point right now." That was apparent when Kaepernick was 20-of-24 passing in 7-on-7 and team periods on Tuesday.
"I think everyone's very confident with what we're doing and feeling good with what we're doing," Kaepernick said. "But we have to continue to get better."
The new receivers haven't changed Kaepernick's approach to this training camp. Kaepernick said personnel doesn't impact his preparation. It has to make it more fun though.
"You have different personnel which makes it a lot easier when you have four 1,000-yard receivers out there," Kaepernick said of Crabtree, Lloyd, Johnson and
"I mean, it’s something we’re excited as quarterbacks, as an offense, as a team, but for me it’s not too much different. I’m coming to work."
Comment: Kaepernick has a blue-collar mindset when it comes to the game. Working hard will make his receivers happier in the long run.
4. Favorite Tweets
The 49ers quarterback received attention last year for his Twitter account. Kaepernick would favorite negative tweets on an occasional basis.
"That wasn't the first time I've done that," he said. "It was just the first time people took notice."
Is the old habit still in Kaepernick's social media arsenal?
"I do things when I feel it's appropriate." he said. "At that time, I felt that was appropriate."
Comment: This is old news at the this point. What's better is that Kaepernick re-tweets fans on a constant basis, especially ones with #KaepernickingWorldwide posts.
5. Less-heralded Targets
Count Ellington and tight end
"He's looked great when he's been out here," Kaepernick said of Ellington, who made his camp debut on Tuesday after a short stint on the Non-Football Injury List. "He's been on top of it mentally which is a huge thing as a rookie. He doesn’t play like a rookie. He’s not out there thinking about things or worried about making mistakes. He’s playing fast, he’s making plays, so we’re excited about him.”
Similar feedback was shared on Carrier, who was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster last season for the final games of the regular season.
"He's a very strong receiver," Kaepernick said. "Very quick. Very fast. Explosive. I think he’s someone that continues to improve and I think we’re looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do in this preseason and how he fits into this offense."
Comment: Be on the lookout for numbers 3 and 46 in the preseason. Ellington, 3, has a chance to be the team's punt returner and could be an option as a slot receiver. Carrier, on the other hand, is competing for the third tight end job, a position that was held by
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