The Arizona Cardinals want to squeeze the middle of the field and force 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to throw the ball outside the numbers, safety Tony Jefferson said on Tuesday.
Jefferson, speaking on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, was asked by host Mike Florio what differences he has seen in Kaepernick from last season. Jefferson said the Cardinals believe Kaepernick is quick to shift into running mode on third downs and he's is more adept at throwing passes in the middle of the field.
“We’re just seeing on third downs, we’ve been seeing him tuck the ball away and running,” said Jefferson, a third-year pro. “Every time it looks like on third down, he’s looking at one option and when that one option’s not open, he’s looking to run.
“So we got to contain him and try to keep him throwing the ball outside the numbers because we don’t think that’s his strength.”
Kaepernick completed 50 of 72 passes (69.4 percent) for 500 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the first two games. He has also gained 92 yards rushing on 16 attempts.
The 49ers (1-1) travel to face the Cardinals (2-0) on Sunday in the first NFC West matchup for both teams.