For Blaine Gabbert, taking on a starting role will be a privilege for him to show his worth. Rumors are swirling that Gabbert is being eyed to take on the job over Colin Kaepernick.
The 49ers started their training camp Sunday and coach Chip Kelly stated that they will split the repetitions of the plays evenly for both Gabbert and Kaepernick. But with the injuries that have slowed down Kaepernick, Kelly is leaning towards having Gabbert take over the quarterback chores at the start of the season.
Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick will battle for the 49ers' starting quarterback spot. https://t.co/yvPWYE02lS
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Kelly noted that though many wanted to know who will be their starting quarterback, he wants to let the training camp do the talking. He noted that he does not want to make the wrong decision along the way. Kelly stated that it is better off they run their plays rather than taking a look at who will start for them this season.
“We are going to split it right down the middle. I think we’ve got 24 reps today with the ones. So, (Colin Kaepernick) and Blaine (Gabbert) will split it right down the middle with the ones and twos. Obviously, you’d like to get it done sooner rather than later. But you don’t want to get it done sooner and make the wrong decision. I think how we train and what we do on the practice fields and obviously, the opportunity to play in preseason games will give us a real good indication; we hope as we head into the regular season,” Kelly said.
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Reports have noted that Gabbert seemed to have an edge in the battle for the starting post as he has worked with the team in an off-season workout. But Kaepernick is hoping to make up for lost time since he was given clearance to participate in the team workout in the training camp. For Kelly, having two quarterbacks is a good thing for him to see how Kaepernick would be able to adapt to the team’s plays.
“I think, first and foremost, is who can move the team the best,” Kelly said. “That’s what you’re always looking for. Which quarterback can handle what they’re doing and get the team in the end zone? Obviously, you have to protect the ball in doing that. So, we’re excited to see it.
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Unofficial: Both Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick went 5 of 7 in 11-11 work; each had a pass tipped/batted down. #49ers
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It will be an interesting season for the 49ers as Gabbert and Kaepernick show their wares early on with their training camp. With both quarterbacks wanting to take the starting job, it will also be an easy job for coach Kelly as the right attitude would steer their team to their goals for the season.
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