Jim Harbaugh expecting “breakout” year from Colin Kaepernick


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has done a lot in a short time in the NFL. Head coach Jim Harbaugh believes he can do even more this year.

“I really expect that real breakout year for Colin,” Harbaugh said after the team’s second OTA session Wednesday. “He just has the look and feel that he’s going to break out, more so than he already has. I’m really excited about everything about his game right now.”

The 49ers drafted Kaepernick in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Pressed into the starting role in 2012 he led the team to the Super Bowl. In 2013 he again was a key factor in their return to the NFC Championship game.

“I feel like we have a lot of firepower in our corner,” Harbaugh said. “I feel like we have a lot of ammunition in our camp. I was just thinking about it the other day, ‘It doesn’t get better than this.'”

A starter of 16 games last season Kaepernick threw for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. He added another 524 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

“This is the time of the year where you can be vocal and you can work on things a lot more because you don’t have to play Sunday,” he said. “So if you want to experiment with things, if you want to try things out, now is the time to see if we can get something new that is going to work for our offense.”

Kaepernick is going to have plenty of incentives to put up big numbers this coming season. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract.