The veteran quarterback made the team’s 53-man lineup, but 49ers coach Chip Kelly announced Saturday that Blaine Gabbert will serve as starting quarterback against the Rams in Week 1. Kaepernick will play the No. 2 role ahead of Christian Ponder.
It comes as little surprise that Kaepernick made the club. He played relatively well in Thursday’s preseason finale, guiding the team on a 16-play touchdown drive and showing better arm strength than the previous week. Gabbert, though, spent nearly the entire offseason running Kelly’s attack while Kaepernick nursed multiple injuries.