When starter Colin Kaepernick departs Sunday’s preseason game vs. San Diego, Blaine Gabbert will have another chance to prove he’s got what it takes to hold the 49ers’ backup QB job this season.
Coach Jim Harbaugh indicated Friday that Gabbert, the Jaguars’ former starting quarterback, would be first up in relief of Kaepernick in Sunday’s exhibition vs. San Diego, according to a team-issued transcript of his remarks to reporters.
Gabbert has had a tough preseason, completing 11-of-25 passes for 60 yards with two picks and compiling a 17.9 percent QB rating.
However, he’s still the club’s top backup, Harbaugh indicated.
“I think Blaine is that guy right now,” Harbaugh said.
Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson are the 49ers’ other reserves at quarterback. With Kaepernick expected to get more reps than at any other point of the preseason, it’s unclear how much work there will be for Gabbert, Johnson and Bethel-Thompson.
This is much is certain: improved play from Gabbert would be a nice way for him to enter the preseason finale at Houston on Thursday.