Former 49ers lineman Alex Boone signed a four-year, $26.8 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. The 6-foot-7, 330-pounder joined ProFootballTalk Live on NBC Sports Radio this week and addressed the 49ers quarterback situation, among other things.
"I think, to be honest, that Blaine did a great job last year. And from what I know of Blaine, I think he's going to take the reins," Boone said. "I mean I think he's a good guy, he knows what he's doing out there and he just has the support of the group. So I think that's something to look forward to."
Gabbert will compete with veteran Colin Kaepernick and rookie Jeff Driskel in training camp when players report on July 30.
Gabbert, 26, went 3-5 as the starter last season, completing 63.1 percent of his passes, throwing 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushing for 185 yards and a score.
Kaepernick, 28, went 2-6 as the starter last season, completing 59 percent of his passes, throwing for six touchdowns and five interceptions and rushing for 256 yards and a score. Kaepernick underwent surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee this offseason, but expects to be “full-go” for camp.
Below is a transcript of Boone's answers to a number of other choice questions...
Question: What do you think of (US Bank) Stadium? I know this is your first time in it.
AB: "It's gorgeous. It's beautiful. This is where football should be played."
Question: How does it compare to Levi's Stadium, the new stadium you were in in San Francisco?
AB: "Levi's was great, but I think this place blows it away. I mean, just the structural element, the atmosphere that it's going to bring, it going to be outrageous.
Question: I keep thinking Jim Harbaugh is gonna come back to the NFL. Do you think he's gonna come back?
AB: "I wouldn't be surprised with him. Anything is possible."
The 49ers and Vikings do not face each other this regular season.