SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins has liked what he's seen from Blaine Gabbert in the team's two preseason games, as well as the surrounding practice sessions.
“Blaine’s done a good job," Modkins said. "I was pleased with what he did. I like to see how he started and he responded. He got the team moving. So, I think Blaine’s done a good job. He’s been accurate with the ball. All our quarterbacks have, and I think Blaine’s been good.”
So if Gabbert has been good and Colin Kaepernick has been unavailable because of right shoulder tightness, why haven't the Niners gone ahead and pulled the trigger on naming Gabbert the starter?
The answer, according to Modkins, is simple.
“It’s not time," Modkins said. "It’s a competition, and Kap hasn’t had a chance to perform yet. So, when that happens and when coach (Chip Kelly) feels like it’s time, we’ll do that. But right now it’s not time. We’ve still got a ways to go before we play.”
While there aren't many opportunities left for Kaepernick to snatch the job, there are still two preseason games left to play, including the one that is often considered the most "important" -- the third exhibition contest, which will come Friday against the Green Bay Packers.
Kaepernick will surely need to impress over the next couple of weeks. But while Gabbert has been OK in the preseason, he also hasn't distanced himself enough for anyone to declare him the starter, even with Kaepernick not throwing for about a week and a half.
Kaepernick was a full participant in practice Monday and Tuesday and said after Monday's practice that he's on schedule to play this week against Green Bay.
“I thought Colin was fine yesterday," Modkins said Tuesday. "I don’t think there’s anything different as far as where he stands in the competition. We’ll see how the week goes, see how he progresses and see what happens on Friday.