After Colin Kaepernick had thrown for 412 yards in the season opener, many people jumped on the Ron Jaworski bandwagon of proclaiming the next great quarterback. After that dazzling performance, many of those same people would then go to the other extreme and talk about Kaepernick and his play as being pedestrian at best and questioning if he could really become something more than a flash in the pan.
Anyone who watched and follows the San Francisco 49ers would have been able to tell you that his play — specifically his passing abilities — was lacking at times due to a range of factors which stretched from him not having his No. 1 wide receiver available for the vast majority of the season to him still learning and developing as a quarterback in his first full year as a starter. Amazingly enough with the return of Michael Crabtree, the play of Colin Kaepernick as a passer has seen an improvement as he has once again begun to show his passing skills. On Monday night against a struggling Atlanta Falcons defense, his recent passing displays should continue to shine.
The numbers back up Kaepernick’s improved play as a passer as in the last four games — all of which have been wins by the 49ers. Kaepernick has a passer rating of 104.7 and has thrown for seven touchdown passes while only being intercepted once. In addition, Kaepernick has thrown for over 200 yards in three of the last four games as he has continued to look more and more comfortable when dropping back to pass.
It is not just Kaepernick’s play inside the pocket that has seen him look better as a passer here in the last four games. His ability to use his legs and his arm strength to make some key passes when rolling out of the pocket has also shined through. On several occasions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kaepernick kept a play alive and then he would subsequently end the play on a positive note for the 49ers as he would make a completion that would see a play pick up a first down thanks to him being patient to throw the football and throw a bullet of a pass.
On Monday night as the 49ers prepare to say goodbye to Candlestick Park, there is no reason not expect to Kaepernick to make it five games running of him having a good game passing the football as he will be going up against a Falcons defense that averages giving up 255 yards passing per game and gave up 381 yards to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins last Sunday. There’s no reason believe that Kaepernick can’t put up good numbers himself on Monday night.