EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Colin Kaepernick scored on a 78-yard touchdown run during the 49ers exhibition season opener Aug. 10, and Jets coach Rex Ryan was watching.
That week Ryan revealed to the New York media that the the Jets were interested in Kaepernick for his running ability during the 2011 draft but that the 49ers got him -- with the 36th overall pick -- before the Jets could pounce.
"You're seeing these guys and it's hard to defend some of that stuff," Ryan said at the time. "When you have the ability to throw as well as run, it makes it tough."
Ryan's observation was amplified Sunday after Kaepernick made only a cameo appearance but managed to pick up 50 yards on five carries, including a seven-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. That total includes two knee-downs for minus-4 yards at the end of the game.
Kaepernick would have had two rushing scores on the afternoon, but he wisely slid down at the Jets 3-yard line on a break-away run with less than two minutes to play. "That's one less kickoff we have to cover, one less time we have to go out on defense," Kaepernick said of the slide. "We can end the game with no more collisions or chance of injury."