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INDIANAPOLIS -- Colin Kaepernick’s self-assessment prompted his move to Arizona for an 11-week period before the official opening of the 49ers’ offseason program.
“He knows what he needs to work on,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s a very dedicated player and I’m sure he feels good about the progress he’s made up to this point. The only reason you go down there and do the things he’s doing is to get better. That’s the mindset, and I think he feels comfortable with where he’s at and hopefully that transfers to the field.”
Kaepernick is spending time working with two-time MVP Kurt Warner, as well as quarterback coaches Dennis Gile and Mike Giovando. He is spending time reading defenses as well as honing his mechanics and working on developing better touch on short passes.
Said Baalke, “He’s down there working on is just all the technique things that go along with the position: footwork, delivery, changing platforms, throwing platforms, arm angle. He’s working on all of that stuff. And being able to take a little pace off of the ball when he needs to take some pace off of it.”
Baalke said Kaepernick made the decision on his own to seek improvements during the period of time when he is not allowed to work with 49ers coaches.
“Any time a player looks at himself and says, ‘I need to improve in these areas,’ and makes a determination that the best way to make those improvements is to seek counsel by whoever, you have to look at that as a positive,” Baalke said. “(It’s) a lot different than someone who acknowledges they have weaknesses but doesn’t take the steps necessary to correct them. So, (it’s) very positive.
“By all accounts, things are going very well for him down in Arizona. And we look forward to getting him back here.”
Kaepernick completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,369 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
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