When I said we were going to take a look at everybody on the 49ers roster, I really did mean everybody. The 49ers went into their 2011 training camp with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick as their only quarterbacks. Over the course of August, the 49ers added Josh McCown and McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Both were eventually released in early September.
There's something to be said when signing a third string quarterback will get 194 comments here. Of course, not every team has a QB situation quite like the 49ers.
The 49ers placed a claim on Tolzien after the San Diego Chargers released the former Wisconsin quarterback. The Chargers released Tolzien after he put together a strong performance against the 49ers backups in the preseason finale. Some folks around here were clamoring for the 49ers to claim Tolzien and the 49ers were successfully able to do so.
Rather than include a grading poll, I've posted a quick yes/no/maybe answer. Does Tolzien stick around in 2012? He did not have a chance to actually show anything other than some very limited practice reps during the season. He'll get some snaps in training camp and preseason action, but of course it will come against third and fourth string players for the most part. I would think Kaepernick will get the benefit of most of the second reps, and occasionally first reps. Can we really make much from that, or does it even matter given his third string status?