C.J. Beathard will be No. 2 quarterback for 49ers on Saturday

AP

The 49ers used Matt Barkley as their No. 2 quarterback in their first preseason game, but they’ll go in a different direction against the Broncos this weekend.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that rookie C.J. Beathard will relieve Brian Hoyer after Hoyer and the first-team offense play somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 plays. The third-round pick went 7-of-11 for 101 yards and two touchdowns after entering the first preseason game in the second half.

Shanahan said earlier this month that Beathard was competing with Barkley, who was 10-of-17 for 168 yards last week, for the backup job.

Shanahan said after the draft that Beathard reminds him of Kirk Cousins, who played for Shanahan with the Redskins during his first two NFL seasons, and a performance that backs that up against Denver would be a big boost to Beathard’s chances of settling in as the next man up for the Niners.

10 responses to “C.J. Beathard will be No. 2 quarterback for 49ers on Saturday

  1. I am interested to see how he plays with the 2’s. I don’t think there is any chance that Barkley wins the backup qb spot. If Hoyer gets injured during the season, it would only make sense to turn it over to Beathard and to see what they have.

    He looked good last week, yeah it was with the 3’s, but my biggest take away was that he looked in control of the offense. He knew how to execute the offense and the moment wasn’t too big for him. He’s also very accurate.

  2. I may be wrong, but I thought Matt Barkley was projected to be a 1st rounder if he had come out after his Junior year. Instead he had a subpar year under a poorly led USC and fell to the 4th (?) Too bad he hasn’t been able to stick anywhere as a No. 2. He had all the tools except for a deep ball.

  3. For all of the criticism of the 2017 NFL QB draft class this is turning out to be one of the best QB drafts since 1983. Trubisky, Watson, Kizer, and Peterman are all threatening the starting QBs and Mahoney, Webb, and Beathard are being considered as backups to start the season. This may make the NFL reconsider its thought process of picking QBs from spread offenses.

  4. Too bad their starter from last year quit and opted out of his contract. Wonder what he is doing with himself nowadays?

  5. “For all of the criticism of the 2017 NFL QB draft class this is turning out to be one of the best QB drafts since 1983. Trubisky, Watson, Kizer, and Peterman are all threatening the starting QBs and Mahoney, Webb, and Beathard are being considered as backups to start the season. This may make the NFL reconsider its thought process of picking QBs from spread offenses.”

    It’s the PRESEASON where they’re going against veterans taking it easy and scrubs who won’t even make the team deployed in vanilla defenses! I bet it all goes much rougher for them starting in a few weeks so, to paraphrase Bill Parcells, “Don’t put all these guys in Canton yet!”

  6. Deshaun Watson was 3-10 for 102 yards. Two of those pass plays where checkdowns that Bruce Ellington and D’Onta Foreman turned into 33 and 63 yard receptions respectively. So lets pump the brakes on this years’ rookie quarterbacks.

  7. I think they are look at keeping only 2 QB on the 53 man roster, and then re-signing Barkley after he clears waivers and then move some people to the practice squad.

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