Kaepernick not fearing for 49ers spot

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not concerned about being benched despite a disappointing start to the new NFL season.

Kaepernick currently ranks just 35th in passer rating among quarterbacks who have started at least one game this season, and with the 49ers 1-3 there has been talk of back-up QB Blaine Gabbert stepping up.

Gabbert, a former first-round pick, played well in pre-season and with Jim Tomsula's men scoring just 10 points in their last two games a change could be just around the corner.

Asked who would make the call on such a change involving an established quarterback like Kaepernick, coach Tomsula left no doubt.

"I do not have to clear that with anyone," he insisted. "It is 100 percent my decision."

Kaepernick, however, is not too worried by the situation: "I don't play for job security. I go out, I play to win. I'm worried about job security when I step into this building."

The 49ers will welcome a new linebacker when they take on the New York Giants on Sunday night after the arrival of Gerald Hodges.

Tomsula would not reveal what role the inside linebacker would have against Tom Coughlan's Giants this week, and also backed starter Michael Wilhoite to bounce back.

"This became available and we picked up a guy that we think's a good football player," Tomsula explained. "(We had) a need for depth. He's a good football player.

"Michael's done fine. I mean, we're 1-3. I have a hard time standing here and telling you anybody has played great or coached great. One and three is one and three."

The 49ers, meanwhile, are hoping to have experienced tight end Vernon Davis back this weekend after he suffered a bruised knee in the Week 3 loss to Arizona.

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