Yesterday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers made three roster moves, including the waiving of QB B.J. Daniels, and were rumored to be signing John Skelton. Well, the move is now official, as the 49ers announced they signed Skelton to a one-year deal. For those wondering, B.J. Daniels is going through the waiver system, and we should know at around 1 p.m. PT (give or take) if he has cleared waivers, or been claimed.
The 49ers released an updated depth chart on Tuesday, which does not reflect this addition, but does reflect the Jermaine Cunningham roster move. Skelton will likely slot in behind Colt McCoy for this first week.
At this point, the move has to reflect on Colt McCoy's potential as the backup. McCoy and Skelton are not the same kind of quarterback in terms of skill-set, but they're the same in terms of low upside, "safe" backup option. I don't see how it is possible both remain on the roster for the balance of the season.
My guess is they will now find themselves competing in practice. If one emerges as the clear winner, the other will be released. If B.J. Daniels clears waivers today and ends up on the practice squad, then maybe the 49ers eventually add him back to the 53-man roster. That is purely a guess on my part. After all, given that most of us were confused by the decision to waive Daniels, we don't really know what the front office is thinking. This is not a new revelation, but it does get reinforced with various roster moves.
How do you see the 49ers QB depth chart looking by the end of the season?
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati, Joe Looney
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore
RG: Alex Boone, Adam Snyder
RT: Anthony Davis
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon
FB: Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek
WR: Anquan Boldin, Marlon Moore, Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood
WR: Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Chris Harper
RDT: Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs
NT: Glenn Dorsey
LDT: Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie
ILB: Patrick Willis, Michael Wilhoite
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Nate Stupar
OLB: Dan Skuta, Corey Lemonier
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Jermaine Cunningham
LCB: Carlos Rogers, Tramaine Brock
RCB: Tarell Brown, Nnamdi Asomugha, Perrish Cox
SS: Donte Whitner, Craig Dahl, Raymond Ventrone
FS: Eric Reid, C.J. Spillman