SANTA CLARA — The 49ers have experienced plenty of turnover this offseason, but it will still be Colin Kaepernick under center when the season opens against the Vikings on Sept. 14 at Levi’s Stadium.
After increasing his offseason preparation, the 49ers signal caller is entering his fifth NFL season not only looking for marked improvement, he's expecting it.
“I do feel like we need to do more,” Kaepernick said prior to the team’s first of three mandatory minicamp practices this week. “I think offensively last year for us, we felt like it was a letdown. We should be able to do more and we plan to do more this year.”
Head coach Jim Tomsula just wants “Colin to be Colin.”
“For the record, with where Colin is at right now -- who he is and what he’s doing -- I’m his No. 1 fan,” Tomsula said.
Though he is not feeling increased pressure, Kaepernick is challenging himself to lead the offense under new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst to improvements after a disappointing 8-8 2014 campaign.
“We’ve cleaned a lot of things up and made it more comfortable and friendly for players to be able to go out and make plays,” Kaepernick said.
After working on his throwing motion and putting touch on the deep ball this offseason, Kaepernick is grateful for the injection of speed brought by newcomers Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson and Reggie Bush.
“They’ve been huge so far and bring a lot of speed to the field, bring a lot of deep vertical threat,” Kaepernick said.
And that’s not to mention tight end Vernon Davis, who has looked “extremely fast” stretching the field this offseason, according to Tomsula.
"That's something I'm really looking forward to this coming season is having that opportunity to take shots," Kaepernick said.