Colin Kaepernick can’t wait to join his new teammates. Communicating via Twitter can only last so long.
After the draft, Kaepernick couldn’t even wait one night to come to team headquarters, instead choosing to make the 90-minute drive from his hometown of Turlock, California.
Kaepernick took that same approach this week, telling Pro Football Talk Live that he is planning on meeting up with the rest of the 49ers veterans very soon.
“I’ve got a few of my new teammates’ numbers,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been talking about where they’ve been working out and what they’re going to be doing during the lockout. I’m trying to coordinate with them to see if I can meet up with them and start working out with them to help build that team chemistry and make sure I’m on the same page with the rest of the team.”
One of the reasons Kaepernick is so eager to get involved is his desire to contribute in year one. Despite being labeled as a “developmental quarterback” by several draft analysts, Kaepernick has not received any such feedback from his head coach.
“Coach Harabaugh has said that the best player is going to play,” Kaepernick told PFT. “It doesn’t matter who you are, every spot on the field is earned. I’m going to do everything I can to compete for that spot and try to prove that I should be a starter.”
Kaepernick has also consulted Harbaugh’s starting quarterback at Stanford for advice on the offense he’ll be asked to learn quickly.
“I talked to Andrew Luck and everything I heard about coach Harbaugh has been amazing,” Kaepernick said. “From the little time I got to spend with him, the energy that he brings and the excitement he has for the game gets you excited to go out there and perform.”
Other notes from Kaepernick’s interview:
-Kaepernick said the early run on quarterbacks in the draft made him think that he might be selected in the first round. “I heard from my agent that the 49ers were trying trade up to the end of round one, but they couldn’t get a fair deal so they had to wait it out. Everything worked out well.”
-Kaepernick also said the 49ers coaching staff hasn’t asked him to change his throwing motion. “I think a lot of people are starting to compare me to Philip Rivers for the simple fact that our throwing motion looks a little funky but we still get the ball out quickly…That wasn’t something that [Harbaugh] was worried about.”
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