The competition between Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien to be the backup quarterback behind starter Colin Kaepernick is heating up. After the 49ers third week of OTAs, McCoy is the leading candidate to the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.
Less than three months remain before the start of the regular season, which includes training camp, so the competition is far from over. McCoy is entering his fourth season in the league and his first with the Niners after an off-season trade. Tolzien has spent his two years in the NFL in San Francisco. McCoy holds an huge edge with 21 career starts, to Tolzien’s zero at quarterback. An advantage for Tolzien is he has spent the past two seasons learning Greg Roman’s offense as the teams third-string quarterback.
At OTAs Jim Harbaugh seemed to endorse McCoy as the backup to Kaepernick by saying:
(McCoy) has been in that role since he got here. He’s doing very well, picking up the system. And a guy that is really serious and focused on being good and doing a good job. He’s got a lot of things that motivate him to work hard. And he’s worked extra hard, too. He’s doing well.
Also in the mix battling for a position on the Niners QB depth chart is rookie B.J. Daniels. The seventh-round draft pick is competing to get on the roster as the third-string quarterback, which means Tolzien is essentially battling for two roster spots. The combination of McCoy’s experience over Tolzien and the 49ers trading a fifth- and seventh-round draft picks to acquire him, are other reasons why Colt will be the No. 2 QB.