Source: 49ers will have representative at Colin Kaepernick workout


Source: 49ers will have representative at Colin Kaepernick workout

The 49ers have determined they have no need at quarterback. Actually, they believe they have a surplus of NFL-caliber quarterbacks.

Nick Mullens is the team’s backup behind starter Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers retained a third quarterback, C.J. Beathard, on the 53-man roster. Beathard has been inactive for every game this season.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will hold a workout on Saturday in Atlanta, and the 49ers will be represented, a league source has confirmed.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday he thought there was a chance the 49ers would have a representative there.

“I don’t know,” Shanahan said. “I would guess, but that’s not something I’ve asked them, yet.”

Shanahan said he did not think the timing of a workout on a Saturday during the college season would prevent teams from sending a scout to the workout.

“I don’t know at all the schedule for our personnel guys during the season ... But, yeah, they’re all over the place. But we got guys all over,” Shanahan said. “I’m sure if somebody could be there, it wouldn’t be too tough.”

The 49ers are not expected to have interest in Kaepernick. If the club were to have interest in Kaepernick, it would have been in the offseason of 2017. The 49ers, under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, informed Kaepernick he would be released if he did not opt out of his contract.

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Last year, when Garoppolo sustained a season-ending knee injury, the 49ers held workuouts with free-agent quarterbacks Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens and T.J. Yates. Kaepernick was not considered.

Shanahan explained: “I made that decision because of the style of offense. That's the same situation now."

California Governor Gavin Newsom 'doesn't anticipate' normal NFL games in fall

California Governor Gavin Newsom 'doesn't anticipate' normal NFL games in fall

President Donald Trump reportedly told sports commissioners and top executives Saturday that he believes the NFL should start on time with fans returning to stadiums by August despite the coronavirus outbreak.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn't share the same thoughts.

The governor was asked about Trump's reported prediction, and said he doesn't envision California having made enough progress against the virus for it to be business as usual for the NFL come fall.

“I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” Newsom said Saturday. “We’ve all seen the headlines over the last couple days in Asia, where they opening up certain businesses, and now they’re starting to roll back those openings because they’re starting seeing some spread and there’s a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise.

"It's interesting, I have a lot of friends that work in Major League Baseball and the NFL, they've been asking me -- in fact, a well-known athlete -- a football player -- just asked me if he expects to come back. I said, 'I would move very cautiously in that expectation.' "

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Newsom is making sure to prioritize safety and caution above all else before letting sports return.

“Our decision on that basis here in the State of California will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our ability to meet this moment and bend the curve, and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether that's appropriate," Newsom said. "Right now, I’m just focusing on the immediate, but that’s not something I anticipate happening in the next few months.”

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The truth of the matter is that no one knows how long this will last or when sports will be able to return to packed stadiums. The NFL is planning on starting the schedule on time with fans in the stadium, but that might not be the case in California. With many epidemiologists expecting the virus to surge again the fall, the fate of the NFL's season is very much up in the air.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as well as a lead member of the White House's coronavirus taskforce, told Warriors star Steph Curry that sports can only safely return once the country as a whole has turned the corner from the outbreak and the medical system no longer is under strain.

As of Saturday, there were more than 270,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States and more than 7,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and NBC News reporting.

Watch DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Clelin Ferrell in joint workout

Watch DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Clelin Ferrell in joint workout

While the NFL offseason programs are postponed, many players are still working out to be ready for the time when the teams are able to get back to work in an organized setting.

In Miami, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Clelin Ferrell are working out with private defensive line coach Mark Hall.

Hall, who recently was a guest on the 49ers Insider Podcast, sent a video to NBC Sports Bay Area of the three players working out.

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The 49ers recently traded Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and re-signed Armstead to a four-year, $84 million contract. Ferrell will enter his second season with the Las Vegas Raiders after being the club’s first-round selection at No. 4 overall in the 2019 draft.