49ers name Gabbert starting quarterback, make two trades

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The 49ers dropped to 53 players on Saturday and named their starting quarterback for the season opener.

Coach Chip Kelly announced that Blaine Gabbert will lead the offense in Week One, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise given how much time he had with the first team while Colin Kaepernick was on the mend this offseason. Kaepernick, who Kelly said is No. 2 and will dress for games, and Christian Ponder join him on the depth chart while sixth-round pick Jeff Driskel was cut.

The 49ers acquired a new target for Gabbert as well. The team announced that they sent an undisclosed draft pick to the Chiefs for veteran Rod Streater, who joins Jeremy Kerley as recent trade acquisitions at the position. That wasn’t the only trade of the day as the Niners also sent safety L.J. McCray to the Seahawks for an undisclosed pick.

The rest of the players dropped from the roster are wide receivers Dres Anderson, Devon Cajuste, Ryan Whalen and DeAndre White; offensive linemen Alex Balducci, Fahn Cooper, Colin Kelly and Norman Price; defensive linemen Demetrius Cherry, B.J. McBryde and Garrison Smith; tight end Je’Ron Hamm; running backs DuJuan Harris and 2016 sixth-round pick Kelvin Taylor; cornerback Prince Charles Iworah; and linebackers Corey Lemonier and Shayne Skov.

In addition, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter was waived/injured and linebacker Aaron Lynch was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

45 responses to “49ers name Gabbert starting quarterback, make two trades

  1. I Cannot imagine Colin K as a “Team Cancer” bc he seems incapable of standing up.

    And yea, that sitting stand was nicely timed given that he probably knew he wasnt getting the starting gig. So, get controversial to prevent that.

  2. what an odd trade to the Seahawks, who all this spring and summer have claimed how deep the back 4 of the secondary is… well… I guess not that deep.

  3. bert1913 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 5:30 PM

    Santa Clara will have a top 5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft

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    I’d have an inferiority complex if I came from a PODUNK town like seattle too.

    Anyways, at the start of training camp I was cautiously optimistic but after looking at our roster cuts this is looking perilous. Baalke cut the better UFA we had just to save face from the horrible draft picks he selected. So we have OLB who wouldn’t even make another teams and practice squad and a receiving corp which I would generously call mediocre… ugggh.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  4. Kap will be starting soon we all know that. The injury did sat him back which hurt his chance. Not like gabbert will tear it up in the first four games.

  5. The Kaepernick fans are hilarious. “He didn’t get cut. You all said he’d be cut”. A comment like that from someone who praised Kaepernick as being the best and the future of the NFL. Now he is riding the pine and would have been traded if anyone wanted him. Can’t cut him because it’d be racist. Kaepernick is garbage as a quarterback since the college gimmick ran it’s course. Can’t throw, can’t read defenses, can’t figure out the playbook and can’t run anymore. He took San Francisco to the cleaners with that contract. Tens of millions to a guy who isn’t good enough to be in the league.

  6. Jihadi Jokernick was the third best QB in camp once Chris Ponder arrived. Chris led the team to 5 Tds, I believe, Gabbert to 3, and Crap, who played the most snaps to only 1. Which they didn’t get the extra points on.

  7. the kapernick haters beware, once that crappy o lines gets gabbert buried, kapernick will get some playing time. he might even show flashes of his old self. might win some games, and become the starter again.

  8. rcali says:
    Sep 3, 2016 5:37 PM

    So the Team Cancer remains?
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    Yep. Baalke is still there.

  9. I am not a Gabbert fan because of his horrible play over the years. However, it makes me smile that he played well enough to keep Kaepernick off the field. The last thing the world needs is more Kapernick at this point.

  10. I find all you raiders and seahawks funny. All you do is troll. Don’t any of you have jobs? I’ve never once checked the seahawks page or commented on any of their articles. I have a life.

  11. Every year that Gabbert has started in the NFL, the team he started for was ranked worst in the league talent wise, and had the consensus weakest receiving corps. 2011/12/13 seasons in Jacksonville, 2015 and 2016 in San Francisco. No quarterback in the history of the league has had worse luck starting their career. Seven different head coaches as he heads into his sixth NFL season, and the three seasons he started at least half the games, (2011, 2012, 2015) the team he was on set historical records for injury time lost. Then of course being stuck in the same QB room with the “most hated player since Rae Carruth” (according to Mike Freeman’s NFL contacts) and all the associated distractions.

  12. 2-14. Maybe. 0-16 is a real possibility. Full-on dumpster fire in Santa Clara, and it won’t be extinguished until Baalke & the York family are run out of town – and the latter may never happen.

  13. The greatgabbert is probably his mom or some relative because no one in their right mind thinks he’s an effective game manger let alone elite.

    He takes the team through a 1-7 maybe 2-6 record till he’s canned and Kap replaces him.

  14. sirxba says:
    Sep 3, 2016 7:44 PM
    I am not a Gabbert fan because of his horrible play over the years. However, it makes me smile that he played well enough to keep Kaepernick off the field. The last thing the world needs is more Kapernick at this point.
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    Everyone who knows football knows that Kapernick is still recovering from off season surgery. Once Kaep is full strength, if not before, Kaep will be playing. Everyone, even you, knows that too.

  15. braceyourselffor12 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 6:12 PM
    bert1913 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 5:30 PM

    Santa Clara will have a top 5 pick in the 2017 NFL draft

    ———————————————————————————–

    I’d have an inferiority complex if I came from a PODUNK town like seattle too.

    Anyways, at the start of training camp I was cautiously optimistic but after looking at our roster cuts this is looking perilous. Baalke cut the better UFA we had just to save face from the horrible draft picks he selected. So we have OLB who wouldn’t even make another teams and practice squad and a receiving corp which I would generously call mediocre… ugggh.

    GO NINERS!!!!!
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    Yes, how inferior it is to be able to afford to buy a home in Seattle. Let me guess, you live 100 miles from San Francisco, or you’re in an apartment with 5 others! Now that’s hilarious! Enjoy your life…me, I’m going camping, or fishing, or sailing, or breathing clean air from a still affordable city. And I’m originally from an hour near San Francisco.

  16. This is a ruse. The dink is the guymthe gm wants playing. You can bet once gabbert has a hangnail they put the dink in.
    The gm didnt go out of his way to chase down chip for no reason. He didnt pass on ops to trade the dink for no reason
    He is hell bent that the chip can get the dink back on track and they will be contenders again. Gabbert is an after thought fill in guy.

  17. So they keep the scumbag Kapernik on the roster? No problem, I hope the police boycott every single game and provide no services whatsoever.

  18. Gabbert is awful and will show it once again. No more excuses for that clown.
    Kaeperninkus is equally as embarrassing, and Chip is headed for his next pink slip very soon. This may close his run as an NFL coach.

  19. Only the 49ers would be dumb enough to keep 7 around.

    They can’t risk playing him can they? We can only hope. He is pure gold as entertainment. Still they wouldn’t be dumb enough to let him get into next year’s salary would they? I’m serious. He’s so bad.

  20. .
    The comments are funny its like Kap spit on a Purple Heart family or something.
    Oh that’s right that is ok cuz they are brown.

  21. The Sea Hogs are one of the favorites to win SB 51. The 49ers have the longest odds of winning SB51, even worse than the Cleveland Browns, according to Vegas. If so, then why do 2 of the players (l.J. McCray and Garrison Smith) who were not good enough to make the Niners final 53 man roster being snapped up by the Sea Hogs?

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