49ers rookie C.J. Beathard competing for backup quarterback job

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You probably didn’t consider San Francisco among the places to look for a good quarterback competition this summer.

But 49ers rookie C.J. Beathard has impressed with his recent work in training camp, and could end up supplanting veteran Matt Barkley for the backup job behind Brian Hoyer.

While besting Barkley (six career starts, 1-5 record, eight touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 63.7 rating) might not be the most difficult feat, no one saw Beathard coming, with the possible exception of 49ers coaches.

“We felt C.J. coming into training camp earned the right to compete for the No. 2 spot,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “That’s how we’ve been doing it so far and we’ve been rotating them throughout practice and those guys have been battling pretty hard.”

The third-rounder from Iowa was probably picked higher than many expected as well, but he was the first offensive player taken by Shanahan and new General Manager John Lynch, suggesting they have confidence in him others do not.

The initial plan was to just let him develop as their third, but the fact they’ve declared it a competition now is probably not a good sign for Barkley.

20 responses to “49ers rookie C.J. Beathard competing for backup quarterback job

  1. The Niners really wanted the fourth round tight end they picked up (Jakuzeki – spelling is wrong) and in doing their research on him got to know his teammate their third round QB they picked up. That allowed them to see the relationship that you guys have together plus the qualities of both of them which made an easy pick up for them to take both guys. In college the two players hooked up and awful lot for positive gains and it turns out not only the tight end but the quarterback are chasing down second string positions over more veteran guys.

  2. Why bother with this 49er news? Their so-called faithful fan base have been in hibernation since Russ and Sherm had a late night snack on the 50. Don’t worry though, they’ll come back just as soon as they clinch a playoff spot, calling everyone else bandwagon; again.

  3. This is what a “QB of the future” looks like. He’s not ready yet but all the ingredients are there. Good coaching and patience will serve the 49’rs well.

  4. hawkstradamus says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Why bother with this 49er news? Their so-called faithful fan base have been in hibernation since Russ and Sherm had a late night snack on the 50. Don’t worry though, they’ll come back just as soon as they clinch a playoff spot, calling everyone else bandwagon; again.

    The hawk fans ignorance strike again what a joke you clowns are….

  5. icallitlikeiseeit67 says:
    The hawk fans ignorance strike again what a joke you clowns are….


    As a general rule of thumb I tried hard to bite my tongue and avoid playing grammar police. In this case, however, I can’t help but point out that if you can’t write or compose a simple sentence any better than that then you have no business using the words “ignorance” or “clown” with regard to anyone else.

  6. “hawkstradamus says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Why bother with this 49er news? Their so-called faithful fan base have been in hibernation since Russ and Sherm had a late night snack on the 50. Don’t worry though, they’ll come back just as soon as they clinch a playoff spot, calling everyone else bandwagon; again.”

    Seahawk fan calling other fans bandwagon fans. Hilarious.

  7. hawkstradamus says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Why bother with this 49er news? Their so-called faithful fan base have been in hibernation since Russ and Sherm had a late night snack on the 50. Don’t worry though, they’ll come back just as soon as they clinch a playoff spot, calling everyone else bandwagon; again.


    You know, this guy has a point. And he’s been a diehard Hawks fan since AT LEAST 2012…

  8. The fabricated 2012 thing is a laugh to us moss-born natives. It’s simply an attempt to duck out on the decades worth of beatings that preceded our recent and unchallenged domination of the division.

  9. dregonspengler says:

    As a general rule of thumb I tried hard to bite my tongue and avoid playing grammar police. In this case, however, I can’t help but point out that if you can’t write or compose a simple sentence any better than that then you have no business using the words “ignorance” or “clown” with regard to anyone else.

    —-

    It’s “in” regards to, not “with” regards to.

    Cheers

  10. Santa Clara fans are hilarious! I actually saw some posts on Facebook where S.C. 49er fans are calling Beathard the new Montana! Seriously, because he played OK in the 4th quarter of a pre season game! Haha…omg…this is going to be a great season! I predict 4-12, and the “faithful” will abandon the sunny side of Levi’s again by week 6. I don’t blame them actually, that stadium is pretty crappy.

  11. “Santa Clara fans are hilarious! I actually saw some posts on Facebook where S.C. 49er fans are calling Beathard the new Montana! Seriously, because he played OK in the 4th quarter of a pre season game! Haha…omg…this is going to be a great season! I predict 4-12, and the “faithful” will abandon the sunny side of Levi’s again by week 6. I don’t blame them actually, that stadium is pretty crappy.”

    Santa Clara? That is so old. At least our stadium is not shaped like part of the female anatomy

  12. “The fabricated 2012 thing is a laugh to us moss-born natives. It’s simply an attempt to duck out on the decades worth of beatings that preceded our recent and unchallenged domination of the division.”

    We are going to relish your upcoming downfall. Schneider hasn’t had a relevant draft in years and your team is aging. Dinosaur Pete will jump ship at the first sign of trouble. He is older than dirt anyway

  13. unclefresh says:

    August 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Santa Clara fans are hilarious! I actually saw some posts on Facebook where S.C. 49er fans are calling Beathard the new Montana! Seriously, because he played OK in the 4th quarter of a pre season game! Haha…omg…this is going to be a great season! I predict 4-12, and the “faithful” will abandon the sunny side of Levi’s again by week 6. I don’t blame them actually, that stadium is pretty crappy.

    Santa Clara. This is a five year old joke which isn’t nearly as funny as the shape of the Clink

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