Colin Kaepernick Has Resumed Throwing, Will Compete For 49ers' Starting QB Job

The San Francisco 49ers should have QB Colin Kaepernick back at practice and healthy in the near future. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports Kaepernick has resumed throwing after his offseason shoulder and knee surgeries.

"Kaepernick has resumed throwing a 'bit,' a league source said Tuesday, and doctors are expected to clear him by the end of the month or soon thereafter," reports Barrows

With the Denver Broncos trading up for Paxton Lynch in the NFL Draft, it seems highly unlike Kaepernick will be traded this offseason. Instead, the 49ers will let Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert compete for the starting job this offseason. Head coach Chip Kelly told Barrows that he's high on Kaepernick. 

"I think he’s been outstanding," Kelly said. "I think he doesn’t get the credit for that. He’s been here every day and worked as hard as anybody on this football team in terms of preparing for the 2016 season, and that’s the way we are with him. We’re moving forward."

In addition to Gabbert and Kaepernick, the 49ers have three other QBs on the roster. The team selected Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel in the 6th round of this year's draft and signed Thad Lewis in the offseason. Dylan Thompson was an undrafted free agent from last year's class. Lewis is on the roster because of his knowledge of the roster. However, it's clearly a two-man race for the starting QB job between Gabbert and Kaepernick. 

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