Surprise! There’s another quarterback competition for the San Francisco 49ers.
Rookie Colin Kaepernick will get his shot to challenge incumbent Alex Smith for the Niners’ starting job.
While Jim Harbaugh still considers it Smith’s spot to lose, the first-year coach and former NFL QB said Saturday nobody has earned the position in training camp.
"We’re evaluating it daily and, really, it’s a mindset of letting the guys compete for it," Harbaugh said during a conference call on the heels of Friday’s 24-3 loss at New Orleans in the 49ers’ exhibition opener and his NFL coaching debut. "There hasn’t been an opportunity so far to be a clear-cut, definitive winner in the quarterback competition. We just forge ahead."
Kaepernick, a second-round draft pick out of Nevada, completed 9 of 19 passes for 117 yards and threw two interceptions against the Saints. He played most of the game. The 2005 No. 1 overall pick out of Utah, Smith was 2-for-7 for 10 yards.