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49ers players: We want Ponder as our starter

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On October 7th, 2016 at 3:18 pm EST

According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers players want Christian Ponder as their starting quarterback. It would be a rebel from general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly, who are deciding between starter Blaine Gabbert and back-up Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers are 1-4 this season under first-year head coach Kelly, who has said that he believes he could change Kaepernick’s career. However, he can’t do that with the one-time starter riding the bench.

Blaine Gabbert (Getty Images)

Blaine Gabbert (Getty Images)

CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco is reporting that Ponder has the support from the team’s locker room. He’s also reporting that Kaepernick hasn’t been performing well in practice.

He also says that the team is “souring” on starter Gabbert. He’s been horrible this under Kelly, who named him the starter in the preseason.

Following the 49ers loss to the Arizona Cardinals last night, Kelly wasn’t committed on who will be the team’s starter in their next game.

“Ponder is the best option for quarterback on the roster,” said one locker-room source, according to Maiocco. Another player “questioned Kaepernick’s commitment” to football as he pursues civil-right ventures. One source told Maiocco that Ponder has been “more consistent” than Kaepernick in practices.


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