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Kaepernick Focused on Improvement

Posted Jul 31, 2013

Colin Kaepernick is all about getting better at 49ers training camp.

Colin Kaepernick is all about getting better at 49ers training camp.

San Francisco's starting quarterback has been showcasing his arm strength and accuracy throughout the opening week of practice. Fastballs to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis have been complemented by changeups to running backs and receivers in the flats.

Kaepernick has improved his all-around throwing skills with constant work this offseason. That's coming off a year where he posted a 90.0 or better quarterback rating in eight of 10 starts in 2012.

The committment to improvement has certainly been noticed by Kaepernick's coaches.

"He spends a considerable amoung of time on every phase of the game, his training his film study, his meeting habits and always looking for things on the field to improve," Jim Harbaugh said, before describing the anticipation and proper velocity Kaepernick used on a deep ball to rookie tight end Vance McDonald.

"Progress has been real good and steady," Harbaugh added. "It's encouraging."

Running ability is also still a key to Kaepernick's game.


Just like the other play-makers on the team, the 49ers quarterback is looking to protect the football and improve as a runner. Kaepernick has said he feels faster entering his third season. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman pointed out that San Francisco's signal-caller is getting smarter with the ball in his hands, too.

"He's a very naturally gifted runner and I think he's got good instincts on when to hold them and when to fold them," Roman said. "It's a great thing."

Roman also admired Kaepernick's developing connection with Vernon Davis downfield.

"I think Colin's getting better at everything he does," Roman said. "He definitely has a live arm."

Roman noted the work Kaepernick has put into the deep ball and on touch passes. Roman sees it now paying off on a daily basis.

"We've seen some really nice throws at camp," the 49ers offensive coordinator said.

Kaepernick recognizes the offense making strides even without a clear-cut No. 2 wideout determined at this point of cmap.

"I think we're further along than where we were at this point last year," Kaepernick said. "Our tight ends and receivers are making plays when we put the ball up there for them."

Kaepernick went on to detail the best throw of camp, a 50-yard touchdown pass to Davis. Kaepernick praised his tight end for reading the coverage properly and having the speed necessary to make the reception.

"He did everything right on that play," Kaepernick said. "At the end had that extra burst of speed to get the ball. That's what's unique about him."

Throws to Davis underline all the work Kaepernick put in this offseason. He took a week off after the Super Bowl before getting back to work for 2013.

"I feel like I'm a lot further ahead than where I was last year," Kaepernick said. "Hopefully moving forward that shows more and more."


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