Cosell: 49ers should not go into 2017 with Kaepernick as clear-cut starter

Cosell: 49ers should not go into 2017 with Kaepernick as clear-cut starter

Against the Dolphins on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick completed 29 of 46 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while throwing one interception.

He also racked up 113 yards on the ground.

Although Kaepernick has found success in Chip Kelly's system, Greg Cosell is not convinced he is the long-term answer for the 49ers.

"I don't think you can go into next season with Colin Kaepernick as your clear starter and say, 'He's our guy, we're ready to go,'" Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "Now again, there are five more games to play. I've been very realistic and objective in evaluating him just because you had to see him, you had to give him a chance to work through this offense.

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"I think Chip has done a really good job overall with defining throws for him -- the intitial read -- so the ball can come out. He still, obviously, has a long way to go when that initial read is not there. That's not a strength of his game. He's not a progression reader. It's a quick-timing offense.

"And then they have to decide how they feel about the rushing yardage ... that offense almost demands that the quarterback be a significant running threat. How much can a quarterback run in the National Football League, both by design and improvisation? That's a question that most people I think come down on the side of, 'He can't do it too much.'"

What does Cosell think when he sees Kaepernick perform the way he did in Miami?

"More than likely, history in the NFL, suggests that you can't survive that way and live in that world on a weekly basis," Cosell said. "He has certain things he can do and I think that Chip has accentuated that with the style of offense ... 

"The longer he's in the pocket, the less effective he is, the less he sees. He has very poor footwork and balance. Can you camoflauge those things and compensate for those things? You can, up until a certain point. He's still a work in progress and he has a certain skill set that at times shows spectacularly and gets people excited."

Kaepernick, who requested permission to seek a trade in the offseason, can opt out of his contract after this season. If Kaepernick does not opt out, the 49ers would have to decide whether to retain him at his scheduled pay of $14.9 million for the 2017 season.

"He's not a precise, ball-placement thrower in the short and intermediate passing game, which is the foundation of the Chip Kelly offense, so that's a concern as you go forward," Cosell added. "Kaepernick in many ways is a highlight quarterback because the runs get you excited.

"How important are the runs in the context of being a consistent week-to-week quarterback who can make throws when needed?"

Jerick McKinnon throws support behind Jimmy Garoppolo as both rehab torn ACLs

Jerick McKinnon throws support behind Jimmy Garoppolo as both rehab torn ACLs

Jerick McKinnon definitely feels Jimmy Garoppolo’s pain, having torn his ACL during the preseason and watched the 49ers quarterback do the same Sunday.

McKinnon was quick to tweet his support for Garoppolo the next day.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan used the prospect of rehabbing with the running back as a positive with Garoppolo.

“That’s the only good news that Jimmy and I could talk about on the plane. At least he’s got a buddy to go through it with,” Shanahan said Monday. “Unfortunately, both of them are going through it. But they’re both in the same boat.

“I know Jerick, I think, texted him and sent him a picture of his knee right after the game. Just said, ‘Looking forward to having a wingman,’ or something. They can talk a lot about it with each other. They can keep each other up, help each other when each other are down, but those are two very important players, they were for us to start out this year.”

That last point is what surely stings the 49ers, who entered training camp with high hopes and now must play without their two top offensive weapons.

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

Source: 49ers work out seven QBs, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones

The 49ers held tryouts Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara with seven quarterbacks, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The 49ers are in the market to add to quarterback depth after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending injury Sunday in Kansas City. Garoppolo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in the next week or two when the swelling subsides in his left knee.

C.J. Beathard will become the 49ers’ starting quarterback. The 49ers also plan to promote Nick Mullens to the team’s 53-man roster to serve as the backup this Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Chargers.

There is no hurry to move Mullens to the active roster because he's already allowed to practice with the team. The 49ers didn't immediately made any announcement on whether they plan to sign any of the quarterbacks who worked out for the team.

Manuel is a five-year veteran who started 17 games with the Buffalo Bills in his first four seasons before becoming the Raiders’ backup last season. Jones spent the past five seasons as Pittsburgh’s backup.

The 49ers also worked out Kellen Clemens, Tom Savage, Matt Simms, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen, as NFL reporters Adam Caplan and Howard Balzer first reported. Allen skipped his final year of college eligibility at the University of Houston, went undrafted and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was cut from the Panthers’ practice squad two weeks ago.

The 49ers also worked out wide receiver Deontez Alexander, and safeties Kelcie McCray and Eddie Pleasant. McCray spent two seasons of his six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and Pleasant played his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.

Also on Tuesday, the Texans signed defensive end Daeshon Hall of Texas A&M off the 49ers’ practice squad.