C.J. Beathard will compete for a roster spot with the Jaguars. If the team prefers to carry three quarterbacks, then Beathard may make the roster, but without playing time in his future, Fantasy managers should pass on him.
Beathard (undisclosed) was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday. It's unclear whether Beathard tested positive for the virus or was deemed a close contact, but he'll be unavailable until he clears the COVID protocols regardless. Jake Luton should work as Jacksonville's No. 3 quarterback in the meantime.
Beathard agreed Wednesday with the Jaguars on a two-year, $5 million contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Jacksonville now has Beathard, Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton on its roster, with another quarterback in Trevor Lawrence likely on tap in the 2021 NFL Draft. A Minshew trade could happen first, though the Jags aren't facing any real pressure from a cap/salary perspective. Beathard went 2-10 as a starter over his four years with the 49ers, completing 58.6 percent of his passes for yards per attempt, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Beathard was named the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Nick Mullens will require season-ending elbow surgery, opening the door for Beathard to make his 11th career start and his first of the season. Beathard entered the game in Mullens' place during last week's loss to the Cowboys, and he completed five of seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, a stat line that's slightly skewed by a 49-yard hail mary in the fourth quarter. Over 17 career games, Beathard sports a 1-9 record with a 57.8 completion percentage and 6.9 yards per target. He'll take the field without running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) or wideout Deebo Samuel (hamstring), but George Kittle (foot) has a chance to return this week, according to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press.
Beathard will be the backup to Nick Mullens for at least the next six weeks, as Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will miss at least that long due to a high-ankle sprain, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Mullens will get first crack at filling in for Garoppolo, starting with Thursday's game against Green Bay. Beathard will wait in the wings should Mullens struggle, but considering Beathard has usurped Mullens as Garoppolo's backup as recently as earlier this season, the window is wide open for the Iowa product to get another shot under center if things start to go south for San Francisco's offense.
Beathard filled in for a struggling Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) in the second half of Sunday's 43-17 loss to Miami. He completed nine of 18 pass attempts for 94 yards and a touchdown. Beathard has had to relieve a different struggling quarterback ahead of him on the depth chart for the second consecutive week. Unlike last week's late comeback attempt against the Eagles, the backup had a more pedestrian outing when given a full half to operate. Garoppolo clearly did not look right early on, and his injured ankle may have had a big part in why he performed so poorly. It would be a surprising turn of events if an official change was made with both players being healthy, so we have to assume the job is still Garoppolo's after one ugly start.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||1||15.56|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||5||17.88|
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|3 Year Avg||61.5||680||5||2||32||0||52|