Niners Coach Says Smith Has Widened Lead Over Rookie Kaepernick

Based on his performance on the practice field the past two days, quarterback Alex Smith has widened his lead to be the 49ers’ starter, coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday.

Harbaugh has repeatedly stated that Smith is in the lead but he remains in competition with rookie Colin Kaepernick for the starting job. But after watching Smith practice on Monday and Tuesday, Harbaugh said the picture is coming into better focus.

“There’s some separation there,” Harbaugh said. “Alex has done a fine job. But Kaep is doing a phenomenal job. He is going to be one heck of a talent and one heck of a player.”


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