- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- This will be Colin Kaepernick's second full season as an NFL starting quarterback. He is showing the leadership of a quarterback in charge of his offense.
Tuesday, Brandon Lloyd told reporters Kaepernick watches film with the receivers, pointing out target spots and expressing his thoughts on specific plays. Kaepernick said it is part of the growing process at his position.
"The coaches have a lot more confidence in me doing that," Kaepernick said. "I think I have a lot more confidence doing that now as far as making sure that we're on the same page and we're seeing the same thing when we're on the field. Because, ultimately when we step out there there's not going to be a coach out there telling you to run the route like this. It's going to be you and the receiver. So, you have to have that communication."
Here are some other topics Kaepernick touched on in his media session Tuesday:
On connecting with his new teammate Lloyd: "He has pretty easy body language to read and for the most part normally, he's open by a step or two. So, that makes it a lot easier, too."
On having a healthy Michael Crabtree this season: "Even the end of last season he wasn't 100 percent and he was making plays for us. I'm excited to see what he's going to do now that he's 100 percent. ... He's a step or two quicker now. He has burst out of his routes. He has burst when he catches the ball. He looks really good out there."
On rookie receiver Bruce Ellington: "He's looked great when he's been out there. He's been on top of it mentally, which is a huge thing as a rookie. He doesn't play like a rookie. He's not out there thinking about things or worried about making mistakes. He's playing fast, he's making plays, so we're excited about him."