Colin Kaepernick decided to skip a symposium for NFL rookies this week to spend time with his 49ers teammates and learn some of the playbook.
He’s doing a little more than that. The second-round draft pick out of Nevada was a full participant on the first day of an informal minicamp Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., showing off his strong arm and moving swiftly for the first time since having surgery on his lower left leg in early May. Kaepernick said he doesn’t feel limited at all but is waiting for an upcoming doctor’s appointment before he resumes his complete training program.
“Definitely have to get back a little of the timing, get back to the pace of the routes, the timing of certain things,” he said. “That’s just going to take a little bit of time. For the most part, I felt like I was on time with most of my throws today and felt good out there.”
Kaepernick was among about two dozen players at the workout led by quarterback Alex Smith, a free agent expected to re-sign with San Francisco once the NFL lockout is lifted. While Smith is the presumed favorite for the starting spot, Kaepernick figures to put some pressure on the veteran next season.
That competition already might have started.
The hard-throwing Kaepernick even knocked down a couple of receivers in some drills, giving a glimpse of an arm that registered the fastest throw during the NFL Scouting Combine four months ago at 59 mph. Kaepernick also took snaps, dropped back and moved in the pocket — all things he didn’t do during the first minicamp earlier this month — with relative ease.
“He doesn’t have that rookie, deer-in-the-headlights mentality,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “I think he’s going to be a good quarterback.”