SANTA CLARA – Blaine Gabbert led the 49ers’ first-team offense through the entire offseason program and has continued to build a case to win the starting job at the start of the regular season.
But the 49ers will not name the starter for the 49ers’ first game, Sept. 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, until the time is right, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said on Tuesday. That’s because Colin Kaepernick has not had a fair chance, he said.
“It’s not time,” Modkins said. “It’s a competition and Kap hasn’t had a chance to perform, yet. So, when that happens and when coach feels like it’s time, we’ll do that. But right now it’s not time. We’ve still got a ways to go before we play.”
Kaepernick returned to practice Monday after being out since Aug. 10 with arm fatigue.
“I thought Colin was fine yesterday,” Modkins said. “I don’t think there’s anything different as far as where he stands in the competition. We’ll see how the week goes, see how he progresses and see what happens on Friday.”
The 49ers expect Kaepernick to be available and play Friday night against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium.
Meanwhile, Gabbert started the first two games. In six possessions with Gabbert at the controls, the 49ers scored two touchdowns.
Gabbert completed 10 of 19 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and no sacks.
“Blaine’s done a good job,” Modkins said. “I was pleased with what he did. I like to see how he started and he responded. He got the team moving. So, I think Blaine’s done a good job. He’s been accurate with the ball. All our quarterbacks have, and I think Blaine’s been good.”