The Houston Texans will sit their starting quarterback in Thursday’s preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers.
Case Keenum will start in place of veteran signal-caller Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the night off.
As for the 49ers,
“I’d like to see him out there Thursday,” Jim Harbaugh said on KNBR Tuesday morning. “That’s the way we’ve always done it, where the quarterback plays some in each game, not necessarily more in any one game than in any of the four other games.”
Kaepernick has yet to lead San Francisco’s offense to a touchdown through three preseason games. Harbaugh didn’t sound alarmed by the first unit’s failure to produce a touchdown.
“I’ve seen definite improvements from the first week to the second, second to the third, and hopefully we see that from the third game to the fourth,” Harbaugh said.
San Francisco’s first-team offense did punch the ball into the end zone in four possessions with Kaepernick under center, but his touchdown-less preseason could come to an end against the Texans.
“We got a chance Thursday night,” Harbaugh said.
When it was brought to his attention that the 49ers scored a touchdown in his one series of last year’s preseason finale, Kaepernick shrugged it off.
Kaepernick downplayed any negativity in the locker room concerning the state of the team’s offensive production.
“I’ve never seen worrying help anyone’s problems or help them get better,” he said. “So we’re not going to worry.”
Kaepernick has completed 12 of 22 pass attempts this preseason for 115 yards, to go with a 69.3 quarterback rating.
When asked to evaluate his preseason, Kaepernick said, “I’ve been doing pretty well. Could do things better. We’re always working, trying to get ready for the regular season.”
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