Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert listed as co-starters for 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have listed quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert as co-starters on their unofficial depth chart, which was released on Tuesday.
Kaepernick is continuing his comeback from off-season surgeries on his left shoulder, left knee and right thumb. He had been the 49ers’ starting quarterback for most of the past four seasons before being benched in favor of Gabbert and placed on injured reserve last year.
Kaepernick, 28, earned a 2–8 record while completing 59% of his passes for six touchdowns in nine games last season, eight of which were starts.
Gabbert, 26, had a 3–5 record with a 63.1% completion rate for 10 touchdowns in eight starts after taking over for Kaepernick.
Gabbert worked with the first team during OTAs while Kaepernick worked with the second, but Kaepernick said in June he was expecting the starting role to be up for grabs.
Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the coaching staff has not yet discussed who will start the 49ers’ first preseason game on Sunday against the Texans.
San Francisco begins its regular season on Sept. 12 against the Rams.
- Erin Flynn