49ers coach Chip Kelly hopes to resolve the quarterback competition in San Francisco based in large part on preseason performance. In Week One of the exhibition slate, Colin Kaepernick will be doing nothing to help his chances. Or, technically, to hurt them.
That gives Blaine Gabbert the reps with the first-string offense — and a chance to establish a gap between himself and Kaepernick. Or, if Gabbert performs poorly, to give Kaepernick an edge by default, the story pointed out.