He’s gone from polarizing backup quarterback to San Francisco’s Week 6 starter.
Colin Kaepernick, who began protesting racial injustice this season by kneeling during the national anthem, will lead the Niners’ offense as they face the Bills.
Coach Chip Kelly announced the switch, benching the struggling Blaine Gabbert, on Tuesday afternoon. On Thursday, Kelly’s team fell to Cardinals, 33-21.
Gabbert has only completed 58% of his passes (87-of-150) this season, throwing five touchdowns and six interceptions. The Niners have gone 1-4 during that stretch.
Despite being the backup quarterback at the beginning of the season, Kaepernick — who hasn’t started since Nov. 1, 2015, during a 27-6 loss to the Rams — has been in the spotlight for its entirety.
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7, bottom middle) kneels during the national anthem.
The signal-caller’s controversial kneeling protests during “The Star-Spangeled Banner” sparked a chain reaction, with multiple players across the league — and in other sports — following suit.
As a result, Kaepernick has received everything from praise to landing on the cover of “TIME” magazine to alleged death threats.
The 49ers face the Bills in Buffalo at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News