Colin Kaepernick replaces Blaine Gabbert as 49ers starting quarterback

Colin Kaepernick is getting his shot.

San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that the quarterback will start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, replacing Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick has made headlines since the preseason by sitting, then kneeling, during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality.

The 49ers need a spark after losing four in a row following their Week 1 win in Kelly’s debut as their coach.

Tuesday was the players’ first day back to work after Thursday’s 33-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Kelly said maximizing reps for Kaepernick, who missed much of the offseason while recovering from several surgeries, was a factor in making the move now.

“I think we were very analytical and sat down as a staff and watched tape and went over everything,” Kelly told reporters. “We’ve had a couple days to kind of digest everything, where we are.

“I think offensively, we need to be better and we need to just make a move. It’s not Blaine’s fault. I think it’s just as a group, offensively, we need to be better in a lot of ways, so we’re going to see what we can do to make a move here.

"It’s really one of the only maneuvers we can make based on our depth, where we are, and what we’re doing.”


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