49ers coach Chip Kelly said on Monday that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not physically ready to be the team’s starter, but he is still the 49ers’ backup, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports.
“Kap is our No. 2 right now and everybody wants to know why Kap isn’t our No. 1. I don’t think Kap is 100 percent right now.”
Kaepernick lost significant weight during the offseason while rehabbing from surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee. He has continued to slowly regain his strength, but is not back up to his 225 playing weight of the past, Kelly said.
While Kelly said he does not believe Kaepernick is all the way back physically, he said he is strong enough to serve as Blaine Gabbert’s backup.
“I don’t think he’s ready to go full-time,” Kelly said. “He’s continuing to work on it. I think he’s over there right now. And, Kap will be the first to tell you, if you guys have been around here before, I think his playing weight has been around 225 and he’s not at that right now.
“So he’s going out there and continuing to work, continuing to get better. He had a serious layoff in times in terms of being able to medical rehab. To get the full Kap for what you need, the potential that he has, he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things.”