Recovering RB Jacobs: 'I want to get hit'

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Recovering RB Jacobs: 'I want to get hit'

SANTA CLARA -- Heading into his debut season with the 49ers, running back Brandon Jacobs missed 11 career games since he broke into the league with the New York Giants in 2005.Brought in this offseason to make sure short yardage situations were converted, Jacobs has yet to be active for any of the 49ers' first four regular season games. But on Tuesday, the eight-year veteran gave every indication that he would be ready to take the ball from Alex Smith when the 49ers face the Bills on Sunday."I'm ready to play," Jacobs said from in front of his locker.Jacobs' return to practice last week in Youngstown, Ohio was limited, but he ran 60-yard dashes at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara Tuesday, and he didn't hold back."I ran 'em as hard as I can run," Jacobs said. "I feel good. I feel good about my explosion." Jacobs was hit in the knee in an Aug. 18 preseason game against the Houston Texans, and 45 days later, No. 45 is ready for more contact."I want to get hit," Jacobs said. "I definitely want to get out and get hit because once you get out and get that first nice hit, you feel like you're ready to go."The level of play in the NFL is too high to expect contributions without being in top physical shape."It's nothing now," Jacobs said of his hurt knee. "It's all gone now."Jacobs, is itching to get back on the field, especially being part of a new organization."I want to get out there and really be a part of it," Jacobs said.Without much time on the field, Jacobs has made a good impression on the Bay Area through his activity on Twitter, but Jacobs is putting a stop to that for the remainder of the season.Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's support. I will be off of twitter for the remainder of the season. Time to work!! Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) October 2, 2012From here on out, you'll have to with what you see on the field, and he wouldn't have it any other way.Punter Andy Lee is getting it done on the field, but his right hand still hasn't fully recovered.
"Maybe not 100-percent," Lee said, waving his splinted right thumb. "But not enough to stop me from doing my job."
Lee was required for four punts in Sunday's win over the Jets. He averaged 46.0 yards per punt and pinned New York inside their own 20-yard line twice.
"The adrenaline of the game helps out," Lee said.Lee injured his thumb trying to bring down return-man Randall Cobb in the 49ers' Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Lee has appeared in all 128 games over his first eight NFL seasons with the 49ers, and he doesn't anticipate missing any this year. But it will be difficult to make a complete recovery in the midst of a season when his job requires him to use that right thumb every weekend to catch firm snaps from Brian Jennings.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.
 

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”