The San Francisco 49ers welcome rookies and quarterbacks to training camp on Monday, July 27 and veterans on Friday, July 31. They then kick things off in earnest when they hold their first practice on Saturday, August 1. The team's first preseason game is not until August 15, but in the meantime, some semblance of football is almost back in our lives!
Thus far we have looked at the depth chart bubble watch, and salary cap questions about each position. I wanted to close out the offseason by figuring out the questions left to answer for each position as we head into training camp. We won't get all the answers we seek in training camp and the preseason, but we will get a much better handle on what this team looks like heading into the 2015 season.
The idea behind this is just to figure out what we are going to be looking for in training camp reports and preseason games. When final roster cuts are made, we will look back at these questions, and ahead to questions for the regular season.
We start with the most important position on the field, the quarterback. Colin Kaepernick is a lock to start at the position, but we all know there are plenty of question marks left to be figured out when training camp begins. The focus for Kap is going to be on his mechanics and what carries over into practice, and then into actual game action. There are questions about the offense as a whole, but for now I am just thinking a bit more individually, or at least as much as that is possible. Here are some of the questions I see for the position group:
1. What exactly does Kap's new throwing motion look like?
2. Will the 49ers sign another quarterback to get some garbage time work during preseason games?
3. In connection with question 2, what kind of work will Dylan Thompson get in training camp and during preseason action?
4. Can Blaine Gabbert look any better this year than last year? By all accounts he was fine in basic drills, but when the pass rush was on, he struggled. He did fairly well in the third preseason game, against the San Diego Chargers, but otherwise it was not particularly great work for him.
Feel free to throw out any of your own questions for the group. We won't address every one of these position group questions every single week, but I do plan on checking back on these as August moves along. Again, this is not about what questions face the group in the regular season. Rather, it is about what we can learn from the six weeks of training camp and preseason games.