Colin Kaepernick spent 10 weeks of his offseason working on refining his mechanics and honing his understanding of the game with, among others, two-time MVP quarterback Kurt Warner.
But wide receiver Anquan Boldin said his own advice to the 49ers’ quarterback: Don’t listen to what others tell him.
“To be honest with you I think he just has to block out everything else around him, stop listening to what people want, what people have to say about you, stop listening to what people want to see you do and just be yourself,” Boldin said Wednesday on The SiriusXM Blitz.
“I think sometimes when you try to go off the suggestions of other people and try to please other people, you forget who you are and what got you there. I think if he just goes out and (is) himself, he’ll be just fine. And that’s the thing I try to tell him. ‘Go out and be Kap. Don’t try to go out and be anybody else because that isn’t what got you to this point.’”
Kaepernick’s passer rating has dropped each season, beginning with his 98.3 rating in seven starts in 2012. His rating was 91.6 in 2013, and 86.4 last year. But Kaepernick had career-highs with 3,369 yards passing and 639 yards rushing last season. Boldin suggests that Kaepernick does not have to change what he's doing.
“I try to reassure him that he’s good enough to be in the NFL,” Boldin said. “I saw him. I played against him in the Super Bowl, so I know that he’s talented enough to be in this league and to play well in this league. And like I said, sometimes you have to block everything else around you out and just go back to being yourself.
“Trust your skills, trust your athletic ability that you have and just go for it.”