Randy Moss heaps praise on 49ers' Colin Kaepernick

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.

Randy Moss has been around a few quarterbacks in his time. He's seen old ones, young ones, journeymen and upstarts. For what it's worth, the San Francisco 49ers pass-catcher is impressed with Colin Kaepernick.

"I think his ability to be able to come off the bench and lead a team, I think that's most important because, no disrespect to Alex (Smith), I think most backup quarterbacks as young as he is are waiting in the shadows just kind of like Aaron Rodgers was with Brett Favre," Moss told the San Francisco Chronicle. "And I'm not comparing Alex and Brett, or Aaron Rodgers and Kap, but I think most second-year quarterbacks are just waiting in the shadow and just waiting to get their shot.

"I think Kap's been able to come in and just lead us as a whole unit. Anytime a guy can come in and lead like that, and I don't mean verbally -- but leading by example -- is what we us as football players look for in a player. Especially in a quarterback. So I really just compliment his leadership and going out there and leading our offense up and down the field."

The move from Smith to Kaepernick generated a mixture of praise and hot criticism for coach Jim Harbaugh, but the fury has died down. Kaepernick has shown he can handle the starting role. The respect of his teammates is a byproduct of that and something Harbaugh certainly weighed before pulling the trigger on the position switch.

Kaepernick ultimately will be judged by how far he takes this team. Moss, for one, is willing to follow.