Kaepernick: Miller is 49ers' new Swiss Army knife

Kap talks Jon Baldwin, Texans defense, Bruce Miller

Kaepernick: Miller is 49ers' new Swiss Army knife
October 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Bruce is like our Swiss Army knife, he does everything from special teams to everything on offense.
Colin Kaepernick

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SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took part in his usual Wednesday Q&A with reporters in the 49ers' locker room. Here is what he had to say:

If you could change your name legally, have you ever thought of what it would be?
Kaepernick: “No, I’ve never thought about it, but I think it’s very fitting for [S] Donte [Whitner] to change it.”

[RELATED: Whitner officially changing name to 'Hitner']

We talked to WR Jon Baldwin yesterday and he said he’s been getting some extra work with you. What’s your assessment of him and how he’s progressed since he’s gotten here?
Kaepernick: “He’s been great. Jon’s come to work every day. He’s been ready, he’s been trying to make sure he’s making the right steps to get on the field and he took advantage of his opportunity last week. The more we throw, the more he’s on the field, the more comfortable I get. I think he’s going to be a good asset for us.”

He’s such a big guy. Is he a nice target for you to throw to, especially on those slants and that type of route, where he’s shielding the defender?
Kaepernick: “Yeah, it’s great to have a big-bodied receiver like him. He does a great job with his routes, positioning himself, giving himself an opportunity to make plays. From what he’s shown so far, he’s been able to make them. So, we want to continue to give him chances.”

He said you guys worked after practice and some last weekend. Is that usually when it takes place or is it also before practice?
Kaepernick: “It really just depends when we have time. But with him, he’s been very eager about it to make sure that we’re getting reps in, we’re getting on the same page. Even when he wasn’t playing, he was out there trying to get reps with me just to make sure when he did get the opportunity that we were on the same page.”


The Texans have done pretty well pressuring the quarterbacks. What are you expecting to see out of their front this week?
Kaepernick: “They have a great front seven. They play hard, they play aggressive, they all have great motors. So, that’s the thing we have to be prepared for. Our offensive line’s really going to have to be geared in this week and really handle business up front.”

Texans DE J.J. Watt has a history of knocking down passes. Is that something you see a lot on film and are cognizant of?
Kaepernick: “Yeah, he’s someone if he doesn’t feel like he’s going to get to the quarterback, he’s going to jump up and try to block a pass, try to make a play any way he can. Once again, he’s a great effort player. So, he’s going to try and make a play anywhere on the field any chance he gets.”

Is that something you have to be more conscious of in this game than you would maybe against some other guys?
Kaepernick: “That’s not something you can worry about as a quarterback. You have to let the offensive line handle that, make sure they get their hands on him. For me, I just have to worry about what our receiver’s doing and what the rest of their defense is doing.”

What did you take away from seeing how Seahawks QB Russell Wilson attacked them in the second half on Sunday?
Kaepernick: “I think the biggest thing is just going out and playing football, making sure you’re executing on offense, sticking to your game plan and knowing where your matchups are, and when you can take your chances.”


You wouldn’t change your passing trajectory?
Kaepernick: “It really depends, but for the most part you’re going to try to make a throw where you see fit.”

He only had two catches, but how important was it to have TE Vernon Davis back on Thursday?
Kaepernick: “It was huge. Vernon causes a lot of problems for defenses. He’s a mismatch when he’s on the field and they have to adjust for him. So even if he’s not getting passes, he’s changing what the defense is doing to open up things for other people.”

What are your thoughts on QB John Skelton coming aboard in the quarterback room now?
Kaepernick: “Veteran guy. He’s been great since he’s been here. He’s been picking up on things quickly. I think he’s a great addition for our team.”

[RELATED: 49ers sign Skelton to take Daniels' roster spot]

Can you talk a little about FB Bruce Miller and his last game, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said it was his best game of the season. And as far as how he’s coming along as a receiver and an outlet for you?
Kaepernick: “Bruce is like our Swiss Army knife, he does everything from special teams to everything on offense. Whether it’s blocking, running, catching passes, he’s someone that really makes this offense go and he’s a vital part of it. So, as he develops and as he continues to get better, our offense will continue to get better as well.”

Head coach Jim Harbaugh used to use that same description for Titans TE Delanie Walker. Is Bruce sort of in that Delanie Walker role, at least early in the season while the young tight ends catch up? ?
Kaepernick: “I think so. He’s taking on a lot of what Delanie did and he’s accepted it, embraced it and gotten very good at it. And I think it’s showing on the field. And as he gets better, like I said, our offense will continue to get better.”

Transcript courtesy of the 49ers public-relations department.