49ers 2019 training camp primer: Backup quarterbacks a big story

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GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 28: Quarterback C.J. Beathard #3 of the San Francisco 49ers runs off the field during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Quarterbacks Vying for 49ers Backup Role

Players in the Mix: C.J. Beathard, Nick Mullens, Wilton Speight

The 49ers have a third quarterback in the mix for this job, undrafted rookie Wilton Speight, who finished his collegiate career over at UCLA after transferring from Michigan.

Speight, who completed 60.6 percent of his passes last year, doesn’t figure to be in the running for a spot on the regular-season roster. But landing on the practice squad isn’t something out of the question.

Instead, the focus will be on both C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens.

Given both started games for the 49ers last season, one might expect Beathard and Mullens to see some time working with the first-team unit during camp. Especially considering the Niners are in no rush to hurry Jimmy Garoppolo back after his 2018 ACL tear.

The number of reps both quarterbacks get with the first teamers will be something worth noting, yet not entirely indicative of how the battle is panning out.

Instead, look at completions and developed chemistry between Beathard, Mullens and their crop of receiving targets. Another factor in the mix will be how both handle pressure. During OTAs, which take place without pads, there’s only a mock pass rush. Once the pads come on, however, pass-rushing prowess increases.

And San Francisco is expected to have a good one this year.

What else is there to expect from this position battle during camp? Let’s take a look at things to watch.

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