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49ers coach Chip Kelly never doubted Colin Kaepernick would stay

San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly has been answering the same question about quarterback Colin Kaepernick since he arrived in January.

Is there any reason to believe Kaepernick won't be a member of the 49ers in Week 1?

"I never thought [he would leave], anyway" Kelly told reporters at a news conference Tuesday before the start of organized team activities. "My thoughts haven't changed since I sat down with you at the combine. That was my story then, and I am sticking to it."

Kelly had only praise for Kaepernick, who did talk to the Denver Broncos about a trade after Peyton Manning retired. Kaepernick is rehabbing after surgeries to his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee.

"[Kaepernick's] worked as hard as anyone on this team in his rehab," Kelly said. "He’s been great in every meeting we’ve had. He’s been in every single training session we’ve had. I have nothing but positive things to say about Kap, and I am excited about him. I think he is a heck of a football player."

Kaepernick is expected to compete with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job. Both started eight games last season. When the decision will be made is up in the air.

"I don’t have a timetable," Kelly said. "You can’t put a timetable on it. It has to express itself and let it happen organically. That’s the only way it can happen. I’ve been involved in every level of quarterback battles. Just like battles at every other position, it’s going to be won on the field. It can’t be won because we have a timetable that has to be set by May 17 or May 18."