Colin Kaepernick Gets Another Shot as 49ers Quarterback

By Hyvie Sabillano, Posted: 10/19/16 08:54AM EDT
San Francisco 49ers v Buffalo Bills
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 16: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.(Photo : Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick will continue to be the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for a second consecutive week.

Head Coach Chip Kelly confirmed on Monday that Kaepernick would lead the offense in a Week 7 home game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kaepernick showed flashes of his old form in his first start in nearly a year - turning a possible safety into a 10-yard run, connecting on a deep touchdown pass to Torrey Smith, scrambling for a 29-yard gain, LA Times noted. He completed just 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards as the 49ers (1-5) put up a season low in points on the way to their first five-game losing streak in six years.

There are two Colin Kaepernick stories in 2016 and his performance last Sunday marked one of the prime chapters for both.

There's one story when Kaepernick declared that he would refuse to stand for the national anthem, in protest of what he deems as wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Players around the NFL continue to follow his lead by raising a fist or taking a knee themselves.

But there's another Kaepernick story, one that hasn't been reported about as much in 2016. That story accounts a select, promising young quarterback's descent from greatness. 

Sunday gave the elite NFL player the chance to recapture that greatness but to no avail.

"We had good moments. We had some that we need to correct," Kaepernick said of the team's performance in the 45-16 defeat. "I know personally there were throws that I should have made, and I want to make and I need to correct those this week. But we have opportunities out there. We have to take advantage of those when they present themselves to us, and that will allow us to put a lot more points on the board, keep drives alive, things of that nature that will help us win football games."

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