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Kaepernick's playoff plan -- no changes

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Kaepernick's playoff plan -- no changes

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick has attempted a total of five regular-season passes in a couple of 49ers blowout victories this season.But he remains on high alert in case he is needed.Each week, Kaepernick supplies offensive coordinator Greg Roman a list of the pass plays in which he feels the most confident. That play list often coincides with Alex Smith's list -- because those are the plays Kaepernick finds himself discussing with Smith.Though Kaepernick and Smith feature different styles, Kaepernick said if he were pressed into action Saturday against the New Orleans Saints, the 49ers' offense would not change a bit.
Here's a Q&A that CSN Bay Area conducted with Kaepernick:How are you developing?
Kaepernick: "Good. Just getting more comfortable every week."It's always the question of the backup quarterback -- you're just one snap away -- do you envision a scenario to get yourself mentally prepared where you're in the game?
Kaepernick: "That's something . . . you always want to be on the field, but the way things are going right now, I don't want to envision anything happening with Alex (Smith), where he's getting hurt."How about him breaking his shoe string, and you have to play?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, while he's fixing his shoestring, going in and play a little bit."How confident are you that you could go in there and do all the pre-snap stuff you have to do against the Saints and get the team down the field?
Kaepernick: "Very confident."How much time do you get in practice with the ones?
Kaepernick: "A little, here and there. But that's my responsibility in being a professional is having to know what you need to do, even if you don't get practice reps."Where do you think you've made your biggest strides since the exhibition season?
Kaepernick: "I think just being comfortable with everything: the terminology, the offense, being able to read things quicker and getting through progressions."What do you do during a game? Do you make the calls in your mind as you're watching from the sideline?
Kaepernick: "I'm watching the defense. There are times when Alex will ask me to watch certain things, just in case he's not seeing it how he wants to. But for the most part I'm watching the defense to see what they're doing."Can you help Alex?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, there are times when he asks me what they're doing on this receiver, what did they do here? That's part of my job of being a backup."It's obviously a different vantage point than being behind center, but are you able to see the field?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, you can tell what the defense is doing, for the most part. You might not be able to tell exactly how wide somebody is, but for the most part, you have a good feel."In college, how much reading of defenses did you do?
Kaepernick: "Defenses are more complex, but we still had checks and audibles, stuff like that in college."Are you more advanced in that area of it than a year ago?
Kaepernick: "Defenses are more complex in the NFL, so you have to be able to see a lot more things than you do in college to get a key."What will this week be like for you?
Kaepernick: "Same as every other week. You have to prepare the same, make sure you're ready to go."Does Greg Roman ask you to supply plays with which you're most comfortable?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, they've done that with me. It's whatever we're most comfortable with, with whatever we're doing that week. At this point, I kind of feel like I'm on the same page as Alex, as far as these are the things we feel most comfortable with -- probably because I'm always asking him about those plays."

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

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49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.