Kaepernick responds to Kelly's claim: 'Always ready to play'


Kaepernick responds to Kelly's claim: 'Always ready to play'

SANTA CLARA – Coach Chip Kelly has maintained that Colin Kaepernick is strong enough to suit up as the 49ers’ backup quarterback, but not to be the starter.

On Tuesday, Kaepernick said he is ready to go.

“I’m always ready to play,” Kaepernick said. “I’m always ready to step on that field and put it on the line for my team.”

Blaine Gabbert remains as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Kelly explained on Monday that Kaepernick is not ready to go “full time.” Kelly said he does not believe Kaepernick is 100 percent healthy.

“I think it’s the fact that my weight isn’t where it was,” Kaepernick said when asked why Kelly would conclude he is not ready. “My strength is still growing, developing. But, once again, I’m always going to be prepared, always ready to put it on the line for this team.”

Gabbert won the competition over Kaepernick to enter the regular season based on his body of work during the offseason program and training camp, according to Kelly. Kaepernick was not able to take part in the offseason program as he rehabbed from surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. He also missed nearly two weeks of training camp with arm fatigue.

Kaepernick appeared to drop more than 20 pounds in the spring and early summer. He is inching closer to his desired weight of approximately 225 pounds. Kaepernick, who is a vegan, said his plan to gain weight is, “Eat food and a lot of it.”

He added, “That’s something I’ve always had to do, be conscious of. I have a very lean body type, so putting weight on is a little more difficult than for others.”

But Kaepernick said he continues to prepare himself to play. Kaepernick played three snaps in a mop-up role in the opener. He did not play in either of the 49ers' past two games.

“That’s what I prepare for, that’s why I’m in the weight room, why I’m at practice, all those things,” Kaepernick said.

“We’re just trying to build (weight and strength). Whenever he (Kelly) feels like I’m ready to step on that field and ready to put me out there, I’ll be ready and willing.”

After the 49ers’ season-opening victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the team dropped back-to-back road games at Carolina and Seattle. Gabbert has completed 55.2 percent of his pass attempts with three touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 68.6.

Kaepernick said his frustration from the early part of this season stems from the outcomes of the past two games.

“The team always wants to win,” Kaepernick said. “I think that’s the only frustration. There are things that we need to improve, we have to address because the last two weeks weren’t good enough. So that’s something we have to do as a team to make sure we go out and get wins.”

When asked if he believes he can add something different to the 49ers’ offense, Kaepernick answered, “That remains to be seen. It’s still going to be the same offense. Obviously, I’m very confident in my talents and what I’m able to bring to the table. But it would still be the same offense.”

49ers legend Joe Montana re-selling 500-acre Calistoga ranch for $28.9M


49ers legend Joe Montana re-selling 500-acre Calistoga ranch for $28.9M

Earlier this month, 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana put his 87-acre Northern California ranch on the market for $3.1 million.

This property is located next to his 500-acre ranch with a 9,700- square foot main residence in which he also owns. The estate is relisted and is for sale at $28.9 million. The area originally floated for $49 million a decade ago.

The France and Italy-inspired home began to take shape in the late '90s and finished in 2003.

You can access the property by a bridge, over a moat -- naturally. It also holds three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, large tapestries, antique marble floors and a collection of European imports, according to The Los Angeles Times

Click below for photos of the property.


NFL preview 2019: How 49ers' offense stacks up against NFC West rivals


NFL preview 2019: How 49ers' offense stacks up against NFC West rivals

Despite losing their starting quarterback before the end of Week 3, the 49ers still managed to finish last season with a league-average offense, ranking 16th out of 32 teams with an average of 360.6 yards per game.

Jimmy Garoppolo says he's "good to go" and has zero restrictions. Head coach Kyle Shanahan remains one of the brightest offensive minds in the league, and he has several new weapons at his disposal in the form of running back Tevin Coleman and receivers Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd, among others.

All of this is to say that if -- and that's a big 'if' -- the 49ers manage to stay relatively healthy next season, the offense should take one or more steps forward, into the upper echelon of the NFL.

But will it be enough to vault them to the top offensive attack in the NFC West? There are three other teams banking on their own offensive progressions, including the reigning Super Bowl runner-up.

Based on the changes the teams have made since last season, here's how the NFC West offenses rank as training camp nears:

1. Los Angeles Rams

As good as Shanahan is, he might not be the best play-caller in the division.

If he isn't, that honor falls on Sean McVay, who in two seasons as the Rams' head coach has won 24 of 32 regular-season games and has led a top-two ranked scoring offense each time. It doesn't hurt that he has quite the offensive arsenal to utilize.

Behind center, Jared Goff has taken several steps forward in his development as an NFL quarterback under McVay, throwing 60 touchdowns to 19 interceptions over the last two seasons combined. At running back, no one has been more prolific in recent seasons than Todd Gurley, although the reports of arthritis in his knee give cause for concern. The Rams used a third-round draft pick on Darrell Henderson, a change-of-pace back that averaged 8.2 yards per carry over three years at Memphis, who should provide Los Angeles with some insurance and Gurley with the occasional breather.

The Rams lack a bonafide playmaker at the tight end position, but they more than make up for it with their talented receiving corps. Between Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, it might be the best receiver group in the entire league.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Again, health will be a determining factor, but the 49ers' offense is set up to leap forward this coming season.

Yes, Garoppolo is coming off a torn ACL, and yes, he's started only 10 games in his career, but there's a reason Shanahan identified him as his guy. He's a great intermediate passer who has shown an ability to make plays while improvising. His deep ball still needs work, but with the weapons at his disposal, he should be able to spread the ball around a ton.

At running back, the 49ers have the fastest group in the league. Coleman, Matt Breida and Jerrick McKinnon are all blurs in human form, and all have the ability to split out wide.

San Francisco used two draft picks to beef up its receiving corps, using second and third-round selections on Samuel and Hurd, respectively. They'll join Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis and others to present opposing defenses with nightmarish matchup problems.

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Oh, and then there's George Kittle, who just set the NFL's single-season yardage record by a tight end. He might not reach 88 receptions and 1,377 receiving yards again, but given the improved options around him, it's going to be difficult for opposing defenses to throw any extra attention his way.

3. Seattle Seahawks

Outside of Russell Wilson, there's not a whole lot on Seattle's offense that is bound to keep defensive coordinators up at night. That said, Wilson is obviously quite good.

Entering next season, Wilson will have the second-highest career passer rating (100.3) in NFL history, behind only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (103.1). He led the Seahawks to a 10-6 record in 2018, throwing a career-high 35 touchdowns to a career-low seven interceptions.

Unfortunately for Wilson, he's losing his most dependable target. Doug Baldwin has retired, leaving Tyler Lockett to lead an otherwise unproven receiving corps, featuring the likes of David Moore, Jaron Brown, Amara Darboh and second-round draft pick DK Metcalf.

At running back, Chris Carson was a pleasant surprise last season, but he overshadowed Rashaad Penny, who Seattle selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Only the Ravens ran the ball more times than the Seahawks last season, and with several straight-line deep threats at receiver, expect more of the same to set up play-action.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Out of all the offenses in the division, the Cardinals' is the most difficult to predict, simply due to the number of unknowns at critical positions.

At head coach, Arizona brought in Kliff Kingsbury, he of the 35-40 career coaching record at the collegiate level. Still, Kingsbury is widely regarded as an offensive savant, and the Cardinals are counting on him to develop No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray into one of the most dynamic offensive threats in the league.

Speaking of Murray, he's the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, but while he was playing behind an NFL-level offensive line at Oklahoma -- seriously, go look at the roster -- he wasn't consistently going up against NFL-caliber defenses. That will change, obviously.

He's not entirely without help, though. He's got one of the most dependable receivers in NFL history in Larry Fitzgerald. Christian Kirk looks to build off a productive rookie season, and the Cardinals selected three promising receivers in the draft. One could make the case, however, they should have invested more in the offensive line, which allowed 52 sacks and 109 quarterback hits last season.

It remains to be seen if running back David Johnson can regain his 2016 form. But if the offensive line doesn't take a big step forward, it won't matter what he, Murray or Kingsbury does.