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49ers rookie talks up Colin Kaepernick’s arm after ‘surreal’ workout with quarterback

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San Francisco 49ers rookie wide receiver Danny Gray gave a strong scouting report on Colin Kaepernick Thursday, revealing he trained with the free agent quarterback to prepare to work with Trey Lance.

Gray, along with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor and Washington Commanders rookie Jahan Dotson, worked out with Kaepernick in Dallas. Gray said the former 49ers starter still has a strong arm.

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SMU wide receiver Danny Gray answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine March 2, 2022, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. 

SMU wide receiver Danny Gray answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine March 2, 2022, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  (Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“I worked out with Colin Kaepernick, and he has kind of like a bazooka, too,” Gray said. “That workout was pretty great. So I think I’m up for the task.”

He added that working with Kaepernick was meaningful for him.

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Colin Kaepernick attends a premiere for the miniseries "Colin in Black and White" at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2021. 

Colin Kaepernick attends a premiere for the miniseries “Colin in Black and White” at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2021.  (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

“It was a great impression working out with a Super Bowl quarterback, a great quarterback at that,” he said. “It was a surreal moment for me, really.”

Kaepernick has been attempting an NFL comeback since 2016 but has not convinced a team to sign him. He hasn’t played a snap of football since the season he launched a protest against racial injustice during the national anthem.

Gray was the 49ers’ third-round draft pick out of SMU. He transferred to the Mustangs from Blinn College in Texas. In two seasons, he caught 82 passes for 1,251 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during halftime of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during halftime of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

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“It’s going to feel like a dream come true, really, just to be out there in an NFL uniform, on an NFL field,” Gray said. “It’s just going to feel like a great moment, a moment I can’t explain.”

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