San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Refuses To Be Put In A Box

By Richard Nurse
Colin Kaepernick
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In case you didn’t know, Colin Kaepernick is more than a read-option quarterback. And he showed it Sunday afternoon when he scorched the Green Bay Packers for a career-high 412 passing yards and three touchdowns on his way to a 34-28 victory.

Like Robert Griffin III, Kaepernick can actually throw. So it would be a nice idea for commentators and so-called analysts to stop dropping him in the stereotypical running quarterback box.

You know, the one where they call a passer a runner? The same one that Donovan McNabb tried to climb out of when he decided to stop using his legs while trying to solely play in the pocket?

Granted, Kaepernick had big rushing games and ran for 677 total regular and postseason yards in his 10 games in 2012, but he also stayed in the pocket. And oftentimes when he scrambled, he kept his eyes down the field, looking for someone to let the ball go to — to the tune of 2,647 yards and 14 touchdowns. It was a small sample size, but enough to get the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.

His ability to do everything makes defenses focus on the possibility of the run and pass, which makes Kaepernick one of the NFL’s most dangerous threats — especially with him finally figuring out how to use Vernon Davis (the way Alex Smith did) and enjoying a new weapon in Anquan Boldin, who became the first 49ers wide receiver to record a 200-plus yard day since Terrell Owens did it.

Kaepernick still has a ways to go, but his pocket presence is going a long way in proving that he’s too good of a quarterback to be defined by his legs.

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