San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick enters the 2015 season with a lot to prove. In the offseason, the 49ers added Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith, who became the most expensive free agent in team history with a five year, $40 million contract.
Kaepernick called Smith a player who can open the door for opportunities and big-time plays. Smith is coming off a career-low 767 receiving yards, but a career-high 11 touchdown receptions.
“[I’m] very excited with the weapons we have, the opportunities we have when we’re on the field, Kaepernick said on Wednesday. “It’s not, never felt like there was pressure on me to do things. I just think it’s a great opportunity for us to get the ball into a playmaker’s hands and allow them to make plays.”
In minicamp, Kaepernick appeared to have better mechanics and looked impressive with his receivers. Of course this was involving no pass rushers nor pressure and only involved defenders in the secondary.
The 49ers signed Kaepernick to an extension through the 2020 season, but it has several financial implications. His base salary “de-escalated” by $2 million this year for not leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl nor becoming a second-team All-Pro. The guaranteed money is only locked in for the next season once it is April 1.
General Manager Trent Baalke is not worried about the technical aspect of Kaepernick’s throwing motion. It’s all about his accuracy regardless of how he hits his receivers. Baalke made comparisons to two other great quarterbacks in the NFL.
“The only thing that matters at the end of the day is, are they accurate?,” Baalke said on Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter how it gets there, how it looks, what the release looks like. I remember Aaron Rodgers coming out. Aaron was at Cal, if anybody remembers him, the way he was taught, very high, never drop the ball down, very tight shoulder. One release, one release point, no matter what. Never thought in a million years he would look like Brett Favre in terms of all the different arm angles. Now you watch him, he throws it sideways. So, I guess the point I’m making is, as long as the little things he continues to do allow him to change the arm angles and the trajectory so that every ball doesn’t look the same and every release isn’t the same, that’s what you’re looking for.”
After having an off year last season, he says he is working to improve his game. From throwing motion to decision making, he hopes to be versatile in looking at everything possible.
“I’m constantly trying to improve every aspect of my game,” Kaepernick said. “It’s something that I really can’t signify one thing.”