July is the last month without football until Super Bowl LI in February. How nice does that sound?
The beginning of training camp will mark the end of a long trudge through the NFL offseason, and 49ers.com is here to preview what's to come in August. We'll go position-by-position in this comprehensive breakdown of the San Francisco 49ers roster.
Let's start with the quarterbacks.Returners:
Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert.Newcomers:
Thad Lewis (Free Agent, Philadelphia Eagles) and Jeff Driskel (Draft, 6th Round, Louisiana Tech).**
What we know:**
Kaepernick will be on the roster in 2016. After rampant speculation that a trade involving Kaepernick could take place prior to the NFL Draft, nothing came to fruition and the QB remains in the Bay Area.
Kaepernick addressed the topic following mandatory minicamp.
"Organizations, at the end of the season, go through and evaluate personnel and opportunities," he said. "That's something that I sat down with my team and did the same thing. That's how we handled the business.
"We were looking at different opportunities. I don't want to get into specifics of what happened and why things happened. At this point, everything is football. I'm a 49er … and I'm excited about what's to come."
Both Kaepernick and Chip Kelly have now gone on record to share their mutual excitement to work with one another in 2016. Kelly's stance on No. 7 remained firm since becoming the 49ers head coach. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he referred to Kaepernick as "a really talented football player" and said that the quarterback would have a "blank slate" should he be on the roster in 2016.**
What we'll find out:**
The competition between Gabbert and Kaepernick to be the 49ers Week 1 starter will be fascinating to watch. Both signal-callers will have ample opportunities to win the job during practices and preseason contests.
An added bonus for each player will be the chance to practice against other teams. The 49ers will hold one session against the Houston Texans and two against the Denver Broncos.
Gabbert threw for 2,031 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2015. Kaepernick posted 1,615 yards, six scores and five picks. Both quarterbacks started eight games.Quote of the offseason:*
*"That's all I know how to do. Every year that I've stepped on the field, it's been a competition. Whether people like to say you're the No. 1 or not, it's always a competition. There's always someone trying to be that starter and trying to make that step. This year is no different." – *Kaepernick on his mindset going into the training camp competition against Gabbert.
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