San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers maintain strong team chemistry despite some wishing otherwise

The highly anticipated, in some circles, unraveling of the San Francisco 49ers’ team chemistry has simply not come despite weeks of backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest.

Instead, the team played sharply and cohesively in its season opener on Monday against the hapless Los Angeles Rams. But that hasn’t stopped the leading questions about the state of the locker room.

On Wednesday, starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert was asked about the Niners’ vibe as a team.

“I think the vibe’s been the same as it has been since we got here April 4,” Gabbert said. “We’ve got an eager group of guys in this locker room that are here to win a lot of football games. The vibe’s been extremely positive.”

When pressed about the state of the “team’s fabric,” Gabbert decided to answer literally.

“I don’t know who personally said the fabric’s been ripped, but none of my fabric’s been ripped,” he said. “So, my shirts are intact.”

On the field, Gabbert showed impressive rapport with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley despite his late acquisition in the preseason.

Kerley, a former Hard Knocks darling when he was with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, led San Francisco in receiving yards with 61 on seven catches, including a couple that extended drives.

“He did a great job kind of sitting down in zones and beating man coverage when he had to and he had a big play there on fourth down. But it’s just the first step of this season, and you’re going to see us get better from here on out.”

Sounds like it’s been business as usual in Santa Clara, which through the earliest stretch of the season has been hyperfocused, surprising some.

#BoycottNFL for right reasons

Over the weekend, many jumped on the #BoycottNFL bandwagon, which I think is a great idea.

After all, the New York Giants are planning on reactivating kicker Josh Brown despite his ex-wife alleging more than 20 incidents of domestic abuse.

Oh, that isn’t what #BoycottNFL was about? It was about Kaepernick and other players exercising their First Amendment rights?

Well, nevermind then.

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