Kaepernick hopes to show he can be a starter 

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Although Alex Smith has established himself as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, Friday’s preseason opener against Minnesota provides an opportunity for backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick to show he’s capable of performing when needed.

Kaepernick has been the team’s No. 2 quarterback in camp, and he has a clear idea of what he wants to demonstrate.

“To show that I can be a starter in this league,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “I want to go out, perform my best, and show everybody what I’m capable of.”

Kaepernick had a lot to learn last year as an NFL rookie coming out of Nevada, where he ran a lot of option out of a spread offense. He had never even taken a snap from under center at Nevada, which ran the pistol offense, so even that was an adjustment. Plus, the 49ers’ playbook is “a lot bigger” than what Kaepernick dealt with in college. He said the size of the playbook was probably the biggest challenge.

“I definitely wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked to be,” he said, “but you have to deal with the situation we were dealt with.”

Kaepernick feels he’s better prepared this time.

“I think that’s where I’ve made the biggest strides in the last year,” Kaepernick said. “Knowing what we’re trying to get done on each play.”

Kaepernick needs to perform well to hang on to his status as the No. 2 quarterback, because Josh Johnson will be given playing time in the preseason to show what they can do.

— The Sports Xchange via Reuters

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