Kaepernick ready for the call

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Kaepernick ready for the call

If Alex Smith reported his concussion when it occurred during the second quarter of the 49ers' game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, he would've been required to leave the game.And rookie Colin Kaepernick would've made his NFL debut.Sooner or later, its bound to happen. Only 12 quarterbacks in the NFL started every game last season. And only Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Sam Bradford attempted every quarterback pass from their respective teams a year ago.
The percentages say at some point the 49ers will need Kaepernick to perform. That point was driven home when Smith sustained a concussion and finally reported it to the teams medical staff after the game. Kaepernick remains one snap away from being called upon.And he said hes ready for that chance."The more you practice it, the better you feel with it," Kaepernick said. "I'm very confident in everything we're doing."Kaepernick, whom the 49ers traded up to select with the No. 36 overall pick, has remained on the sideline through the first two games while Smith took every snap. After his record-setting career at Nevada, Kaepernick has found it difficult to adjust to his role as a spectator."It's definitely tough to sit there and watch your team play and not being able to contribute in any way," he said. "Right now, I'm still trying to work hard and make sure I'm ready if my time does come. "Smith beat out Kaepernick for the starting job this summer. Kaepernick completed 24 of 50 passes (48 percent) with no touchdowns and five interceptions in the exhibition season. His passer rating was 23.9.Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he is confident Kaepernick would play well if he's given a chance in a regular-season game."I think Colin is ready to go," Roman said. "He is on top of his assignments and just like any rookie quarterback, there's going to be a curve there. It's just a fact. He's getting tons of work in practice and really improving all the time. Very much on top of the game plan."Kaepernick is not getting as much practice time with the 49ers' offense as he did in training camp. But he is also taking the bulk of his snaps with the scout team, running the opposition's plays against the 49ers' first-team defense.Meanwhile, the third quarterback is Scott Tolzien, a rookie from Wisconsin the 49ers claimed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers after final cuts.Tolzien completed 25 of 40 attempts (62.5 percent) with one touchdown and one interception in the exhibition season for an 83.5 passer rating. Tolzien has been inactive for the 49ers' first two games. His only practice snaps have been with the scout team. He is still cramming to learn the basics of the offense, he said.And hes spending plenty of time on the job. Tolzien has put off his apartment hunting until after the team returns from their Cincinnati-Youngstown-Philadelphia trip. He is literally living at the 49ers practice facility, as he spends his nights in the players lounge.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.