Bills get to work preparing for Kaepernick

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Bills get to work preparing for Kaepernick

The 49ers' use of backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick a week ago gave the Buffalo Bills plenty to consider for Sunday's game at Candlestick Park.How much will the Bills prepare for the 49ers' option attack with Kaepernick at quarterback?"It's a lot," Bills coach Chan Gailey said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters who cover the 49ers. "That puts a lot of stress on your defense to prepare for that week-in and week-out. He's done a good job with running what they've put in and they've done a good job of keeping it varied, so it's not the same all the time."RELATED: 49ers play time: Kaepernick makes most of opportunities
Kaepernick replaced starter Alex Smith for four snaps in the first half of the 49ers' 34-0 victory over the New York Jets. He ran twice for 24 yards and a touchdown, threw an incomplete deep pass for Randy Moss, and handed off once.Kaepernick has rare running and throwing ability. While at Nevada, he was the first player in NCAA history to throw for at least 2,000 yards passing and rush for at least 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. The 49ers traded up to select him in the second round of the 2011 draft.So how will the Bills try to prepare to face Kaepernick? Gailey said they'll use backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen, as well as quarterbackreceiver Brad Smith on the scout team."Tyler can run the football," Gailey said. "He can't mimic exactly what Colin is able to do because of his size and speed. But it's like all the rest of the players, we can't mimic all the players, either. So you come as close as you possibly can."

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”

Source: Kaepernick visits 49ers headquarters

Source: Kaepernick visits 49ers headquarters

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faces an uncertain future with the 49ers, visited team headquarters in Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, according to a league source.

Kaepernick was likely there to meet with 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan for the first time since they were hired to replace Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly.

On Feb. 9, Lynch said Kaepernick “reached out” to him shortly after he was hired as general manager. Lynch said he and Kaepernick planned on meeting in the near future.

Earlier this week, Lynch said he would have open and honest communication with Kaepernick about the club’s plan at the quarterback position.

“The one thing we will do very well with Kap is we’ll communicate,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”

Kaepernick and the 49ers agreed to a restructured contract in October. The sides tore up the final four years of Kaepernick’s contract and replaced it with a deal that enables Kaepernick to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Kaepernick's non-guaranteed scheduled pay is $14.9 million for the 2017 season.

Kaepernick does not currently have agent representation, according to the NFL Players Association.

He started 11 games last season after replacing Blaine Gabbert in the starting lineup and bounced back with a solid statistical season. Kaepernick threw 16 touchdown passes and just four interceptions for a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards and a career-best 6.8-yards per carry.