Rex Ryan gushed about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick before the season and he got a good look at him in the first quarter of the Jets’ game with the 49ers in New Jersey.
Jim Harbaugh and the Niners went to Kaepernick twice on the 49ers’ second possession. Kaepernick kept the ball on an option play out of a Pistol formation on his first snap and beat a Jets defense that you’d imagine has faced a lot of quarterback runs in practice for a 17-yard gain. He then returned to take a snap under center a few plays later and tried a deep ball to Randy Moss near the Jets end zone. The defense was better prepared for this one as three Jets defenders circled Moss and safety LaRon Landry knocked the ball away.
They were the second and third snaps for Kaepernick this season, which is less than the Jets have used Tim Tebow. Tebow hasn’t thrown a pass yet this season, though, which makes the Jets’ plan to keep defenses off balance a bit less successful. Tebow has one carry for two yards so far on Sunday.
The game is scoreless at the end of the first quarter as both defenses have forced a pair of punts. The 49ers are inside the red zone on their third possession of the game, however.
UPDATE 1:38 p.m. ET: Kaepernick just did something else Tebow hasn’t done this year. He took a snap out of the shotgun on third down and ran for a six-yard touchdown a little more than a minute into the second quarter.