49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh chatted with the media today and he confirmed that Colin Kaepernick remains the number two quarterback even with the competition still ongoing. All four quarterbacks will get playing time, but Coach Harbaugh would not provide specifics on how many series each would play, other than to say they would all play "a good amount."
The first preseason game sees the starters getting fairly minimal playing time, although the number of series can carry the starters into the second quarter. The 49ers offense has a whole host of new weapons, so it will be interesting to see how many series the number ones get. Additionally, there's the question of whether or not Colin Kaepernick will get some time with the first team offense.
The 49ers are in an interesting situation with regards to their backups. From top to bottom on the depth chart, they have things they want to see from each of their four quarterbacks. Even though a guy like Scott Tolzien is a long shot, he'll look to make a name for himself with late action. The upside for us as fans is that with such a deep roster, watching a full four quarters of preseason football won't be the worst thing in the world.