SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 30: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers participates in passing drills during practice at the San Francisco 49ers training facility on July 30, 2011 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Coach Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick the backup quarterback on Tuesday, slightly solidifying the 49ers depth chart at QB.
Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Colin Kaepernick is the back-up quarterback after distancing himself from Scott Tolzien and Josh Johnson in a 17-6 exhibition win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Nevada graduate went 5-of-9 passing for 40 yards. Most impressively, he showcased his running skills gaining 92 yards on three carries, highlighted by a touchdown run of 78 yards.
Harbaugh also announced that the three quarterbacks and Alex Smith would all play against the Houston Texans on Saturday, with Johnson getting the third string quarterback work.
According to Niners Nation, the player who gained the most in the game against the Vikings was outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari recorded two sacks in the fourth quarter, and if the team decides to rest Aldon Smith he might possibly be the primary backup.
Perrish Cox also opened some eyes with a late interception. He has been getting work all over and the undrafted free agent has been quietly moving up the ranks on the cornerbacks.
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