The San Francisco 49ers may have a quarterback that has a chance to become “one of the greatest” ever in Colin Kaepernick according to ESPN’s Ron Jaworski, but their backup quarterback position is a bit murkier.
Former Cleveland Browns starting QB Colt McCoy was traded for to be a backup with starting experience in case Kaepernick gets hurt in the regular season, like we see to a lot of starting QBs, but he has shown almost nothing in two preseason games.
Former third stringer, now trying to gain the coveted backup spot, Scott Tolzien has also been very lackluster despite being in his third year in the offense.
Rookie seventh-round pick B.J. Daniels has taken a step towards becoming the backup after he came in and actually completed passes and looked competent in an NFL offense unlike McCoy and Tolzien. Daniels may have surpassed Tolzien in becoming the third string QB.
But the 49ers cannot go into the regular season with a rookie seventh-round pick as your primary backup, with that being said, the Niners are bringing in former Seattle Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace for a workout.
If Wallace is signed and is the primary backup and the Niners decide to stick with Daniels (they almost have no choice), the Niners would employ one of the most, if not the most, athletic quarterback group in the NFL. With the Niners almost assuredly running a lot of plays out of the Pistol Offense and the read-option becoming more and more prevalent, the Niners would have three QBs that could operate that kind of offense.
49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh loves athletic QBs that can run and pass and we may be seeing a complete shift in the 49ers QB corps to prove that.