The absence of so many key targets will put even more pressure on Kaepernick in a quarterback debate that continues to rage on — maybe this week more than most.
‘‘I just think that Alex worked for seven years to get to the position he was in,’’ said Cardinals guard Adam Snyder, who spent seven years playing alongside Smith in San Francisco. ‘‘He was 19-5 (the past two seasons) and had the best QB rating in the league and was doing his job to win games, you know?
‘‘I don’t know. It was surprising to me. But, hey, they get paid to make those decisions, and that’s the decision they went with.’’
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