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Flacco Calls Kaepernick 'Do It All' Quarterback

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was complimentary when speaking of the talents of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.



OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Colin Kaepernick didn't run much against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. 

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback stayed in the pocket and looked downfield to connect with receivers like Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson and tight end Vernon Davis during the first of three joint practices with the Ravens.

Kaepernick, however, did roll to his left and tried to direct receiver Devon Wylie to run down the left sideline on a scramble play to no avail. So with no receiver open, Kaepernick did what any long-striding, 4.5, 40-yard dash-running quarterback would do, he ran up the field and slid in between two Baltimore defenders who respectfully backed away from attempting to tackle the running quarterback in a no-tackle, 11-on-11 period.

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs commented to Kaepernick that he wouldn't be able to beat the defense with his legs. Kaepernick didn't say anything back. He went back to the huddle and got ready for the next play.

Kaepernick hasn't shown his running ability in training camp. It's not necessary. When the bullets are live, the fourth-year pro will be able to unleash his true talents - being able to beat a defense from the pocket as well as breaking outside contain on the run.

Kaepernick's unique style of play was highlighted by his counterpart on the Ravens, Joe Flacco, the same quarterback who narrowly edged the 49ers passer in Super Bowl XLVII.

The two signal-callers know each other from the field and from the time they filmed a McDonald's commercial following their Super Bowl outing. Flacco, however, said they didn't spend too much time together at the shoot.

That changes this week with both teams sharing the Ravens training facility for three days.

“I just spent a little time with Colin that day," Flacco said. "It wasn’t anything crazy. I don’t really know him that well. I’ve seen him here and there. I’m sure over the next couple days we’ll get to know each other a little better.”

Until that happens, both quarterbacks will be familiarizing themselves with the othe team's defense. By all accounts, both quarterbacks performed well on the opening day of "Harb Camp." Flacco connected on a couple downfield throws against the 49ers first-team defense. Kaepernick, on the other hand, completed 14-of-21 passes with no interceptions in 11-on-11 work.

Flacco was complimentary of his former Super Bowl adversary when he was asked about Kaepernick's on-field play.

"He is a good athlete that can stand in the pocket and throw the football really well, too," the Ravens quarterback said. "I think sometimes there are guys who are really good athletes that get pegged as that, but he’s obviously a guy that can do it all and play the game really well.”