SF 49ers: 4 Ways to Use Colin Kaepernick Even When Alex Smith Returns

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SF 49ers: 4 Ways to Use Colin Kaepernick Even When Alex Smith Returns
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Colin Kaepernick isn't likely to start over Alex Smith for the San Francisco 49ers when Smith is healthy, no matter how much we all want it to happen. 

There's no way Jim Harbaugh turns this team over to the youngster while Alex Smith is still playing as well as he is. After all, Smith does rank No. 3 in the NFL with a 104.1 passer rating and was on a near-legendary streak of excellence before getting knocked out in Week 11.

Counting the game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 and the first quarter of the team's game against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10, Smith completed 25-of-27 passes for 304 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions—good for a passer rating of 153.2.

Saying all that, there's no way the 49ers can keep Kaepernick on the bench all game, right? 

He's clearly a player who must be utilized, as he can do things with the football that Smith couldn't do on his best day. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at a few ways the 49ers can use Kaepernick when Smith returns.

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