SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained mostly silent Wednesday on the topic of what might be the hottest one-on-one rivalry in the NFL.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has repeatedly taken verbal jabs at 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree since swatting away a Kaepernick pass in the end zone that resulted in the game-clinching interception in the NFC Championship game.
Crabtree has not had much to say, and Kaepernick said that’s how the 49ers handle their business.
“I think this team and all of us don’t take the approach of talking about it,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “We want to go out on the field and handle our business that way – go about it that way. And we get to see 'em twice this year.”
And the Seahawks will likely see a 49ers offense with a lot more weapons in the passing game than a year ago. Tight end Vernon Davis reported to training camp, and that’s good news for an offense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in passing yards.
“It’s always great to have Vernon on the field,” Kaepernick said. “He looks good – excited to have him back out here.
“Vernon’s a Pro Bowl tight end. He’s one of the best in the league. So there’s not going to be too much of a fall-off for him. I don’t think anyone is concerned about that. We’re just happy he’s here.”
In addition to Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, the 49ers added veterans Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd. Young players Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington also showed a lot of promise during the offseason program.
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“We’re further along than last year going into training camp,” Kaepernick said. “We have a lot more weapons. It’s something I’m excited about, and something this team’s excited about.
“It does make my job easier. You don’t have to worry about matchups as much – who’s running what part of the route. And I’m very excited about it. I want to get the ball in their hands and see what they can do it. I know they’re going to be competing just the way everybody else is.”
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Clarification: The originally posted article and headline included the quote from Kaepernick: "We get to see him twice a year." Kaepernick was asked specifically about Richard Sherman, and it sounded as if Kaepernick was referring to seeing Sherman twice a year. A 49ers spokesman relayed that Kaepernick was adamant that he meant to say "them" -- as in the entire Seattle Seahawks team. Kaepernick's answer is at the end of the video/audio clip on this page.
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