49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says former Iowa QB C.J. Beathard is competing for the backup QB job

Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft, and many thought he would be a project for the San Francisco 49ers.

Now he’s seemingly ahead of schedule, and competing for the backup quarterback job according to 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

“We felt C.J. coming into training camp earned the right to compete for the No. 2 spot,”  Shanahan told NBC Sports Bay Area. “That’s how we’ve been doing it so far and we’ve been rotating them throughout practice and those guys have been battling pretty hard.”

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, The 49ers initial plan for Beathard was to develop him as the team’s third quarterback. However, he’s proved himself worthy at taking a shot at former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who’s currently No. 2 on the depth chart.

Barkley was signed this offseason along with Brian Hoyer, who will be San Francisco’s starter. Hoyer, ironically, played college football at Michigan State.

At Iowa, Beathard posted a 21-7 record as a starter. He led the Hawkeyes to a 12-0 record during the 2015 season, and berths in the Big Ten championship game and the Rose Bowl Game. In 2016, he piloted Iowa to an 8-5 record and a berth in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

He was drafted 104th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, and signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the 49ers in June.

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