Colin Kaepernick has showed up on the injury report once again, this time with a back injury. This news is on top of a possible lingering foot injury. Despite being on the report, Kaepernick was a full participant in practice on Thursday.
What would happen if Kap was to ever miss a game? Is coach Jim Harbaugh really that confident that Colt McCoy or McLeod Bethel-Thompson can actually guide this offense to be successful? All we really know is that one was a subpar starter for the Cleveland Browns and the other has no experience under center in an NFL game. In any instant Kap is clearly the best option, bum foot or not.
Either way, this offense has been floundering in the passing game and barely staying a float on the run as of late. Looking to their Monday night game in Landover, Maryland, the San Francisco 49ers face the Washington Redskins in the battle of struggling sophomores. Robert Griffin III has also seen his numbers drop dramatically. It is not so much just about that numbers, but the fact that their level of play has been affected by a diminished receiving core and readjusting to the league that has configured to their style of play. The read option is becoming a forgotten offense in the NFL, just like the Wildcat before it.
The 49ers have practically went away from it as Kaepernick has not ran the ball effectively this year as he did last season, but it may be due to that injured foot. The thing that baffles me is that Kap’s arm, which should be his bread and butter, is being reluctantly used by the young quarters back. He must regain that touch that he had before.
Getting key offensive weapons back can really help the cause. Michael Crabtree should be back within the next 2 games and Mario Manningham and Jon Baldwin have already shown that they are working hard with their quarterback to build that chemistry. Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis are the current top targets, but things should be be interesting once all hands are on deck. I say the more the merrier. In time, San Francisco should be able to spread opposing secondaries thin and pick it apart systematically.
Also returning to Practice was rookie Marcus Lattimore, who saw the football field for the first time since his knee injury at South Carolina.