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Golden Nuggets: QB Depth Addressed

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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The San Francisco 49ers were down to 2 quarterbacks after Sunday’s game. Thad Lewis, as expected, was placed on the injury reserve list and will be out for the rest of the season. Colin Kaepernick is still dealing with what is being called a “dead arm”. That leaves the team with only Blaine Gabbert and Jeff Driskel as the only healthy arms on the team.

On Tuesday, the team made a move to address their lack of depth at the quarterback position. Former 1st round pick, Christian Ponder, was signed to the roster. The 49ers now have 3 QBs from the 2011 NFL draft. He will help take the workload off of Gabbert and Driskel. Colin is not expected to throw for at least a week while trying to get healthy. He last threw a pass Wednesday in training camp at Kezar Stadium.

The health of the quarterbacks is now magnifying the play of the offensive line even more. Only Joe Staley is a definite starter on the line. The rest of the positions will need to be earned in these preseason games. The coaches have made it clear that the 5 best players will make the starting lineup. With 2 rookies and a veteran returning from retirement, the battle for the last 4 spots should be fierce. The potential for the line to be good is there. They will need to be to keep the quarterbacks healthy this coming season.

49ers Links

Solid Debut (Williams)

The battle for the 4 spots will be good to watch | Unsettled Line (Maiocco)

Assessing Rosters (49ers Staff)

Chip Vs. Jim (Kawakami)

Good offseason | Fisherman Carlos (Fann)

The defense could be a good unit this season | Enjoying The Defense (CSN Staff)

More issues for Colin | Kap Not Throwing (CSN Staff)

High Marks For Tank (Maiocco)

Notes From The DC (Fann)

Colin Did Not Throw Tuesday (Biderman)

Day 12 (Barrows)

No Throw Tuesday (Alper)

7 Observations (Price)

Not anymore | Gabbert, Driskel Handling Workload (Inman)

Injuries already adding up | Injuries (Biderman)

New QB Signed (Smith)

QB Transactions (49ers Staff)

Welcome Christian | Christian Ponder Signs (Sessler)

Ponder Added To QB Corp (Inman)

Healthy Arms Needed (Barrows)

Depth Added For QBs (Biderman)

Training Camp Report (Cohn)

QB Added (Cohn)

Ponder’s Impact (Biderman)

Desperate For A QB (Clements)

Baalke Speaks (CSN Staff)

Former 1st Rounder Signs (Maiocco)

Unfortunate for Thad | Lewis To Injury Reserve (Sakamoto)

Should be good practice | Practicing Against SB Defending Champs (Price)

Hopefully he bounces back | Shoulder Injury (Branch)

Bolstering The QBs (Hu)

Kordell Stewart Talks About Colin (Lynch)

Christian Ponder (Inman)

Positions need to be won | Joe Staley The Only Starter (Biderman)

Many | Baalke’s Mistakes (Kugelmas)

Trent Baalke Chats (BASG)

Chance To Improve (Maiocco)

5 Benefits (Biderman)

49ers Video

Colin Observes (Sac Bee Video)

The Remix (49ers Video)