It would appear C.J. Beathard has claimed the San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback role! The team is set to release quarterback Matt Barkley, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. We’re tracking all the moves in our roster cuts tracker.
This is not entirely unexpected, but it is still a little bit of a surprise. The team signed Barkley shortly after signing Brian Hoyer. They subsequently drafted C.J. Beathard, and the thought at the time was that Barkley would be the No. 2, and Beathard would sit on the bench and develop.
Instead, Beathard impressed throughout the offseason and into training camp, and then showed some strong signs in the preseason. He finished the preseason 26 of 45 passes for 401 yards, with four touchdowns and an interception, and a passer rating of 107.7. His stat line did benefit from yards after the catch, but he also showed the toughness the team likes. He had some bad throws, but he made some solid reads and looked strong in the pocket.