I’m not going out on a crazy limb in saying that Colin Kaepernick has probably overtaken Michael Vick as the NFL‘s fastest quarterback. Some might throw Robert Griffin III in that mix and may be right, but the jets that Kap turned on after bending the corner against the Green Bay Packers last postseason must put absolute terror in the hearts of defensive coordinators this offseason.
Now the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback hits training camp having trained with track Olympians this offseason.
“I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers,” Kaepernick said, via SI’s Peter King on the new incarnation of MMQB. “Just to try to get a little bit faster, a little bit better. Anything I could do to try to get a little bit better and stay ahead of the competition. I think the biggest thing was the form of running and how to be more efficient when I run.
“I feel like that has helped me to this point, and it’s something I’m trying to improve on more and more, but I think those few weeks with them were very valuable. … There are a lot of details to running that I never even thought about,” Kaepernick said. “I just went out and ran. I think I can be faster. I think I can be quicker.”
If anything this worries me a little as I’ll trade the extra speed, which he has plenty of, for a little more work on protecting the football (and his body) on the run. If Kaepernick told me he’d spent that time trading health and ball-security tips with Aaron Rodgers, I would be more excited.
Alas, Kaepernick’s physical tools combined with Jim Harbaugh‘s offensive mind have me believing, barring injury, that Kaepernick and this offense will fire on all cylinders just fine until Michael Crabtree gets close to full health. Crabtree was certainly Kap’s favorite receiver down the stretch last year, yet there are still plenty of other proven pass-catching options on roster for Harbaugh’s wizardy to squeeze production from: Mario Manningham, Vernon Davis, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Frank Gore to name a few.
Then if youngsters like receiver AJ Jenkins and tight end Vance McDonald pan out in 2013, this offense is scary even sans Crabtree.