Beathard is secure in his role as the No. 2 quarterback, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
A third-round pick last year, Beathard completed just 54.9 percent of his passes while throwing more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (four), but he did lead the Niners to a Week 10 win over the Giants and partially atoned for the lack of passing production by taking 26 carries for 136 yards and three scores. There's no real competition for the backup job behind Jimmy Garoppolo.
Beathard completed 55 percent of his passes for 1430 yards and four touchdowns to six interceptions in six starts this season.
The third-round pick began the year as Brian Hoyer's backup, but he was elevated into a starting role once the 49ers' playoff hopes vanished following an 0-5 start. Beathard struggled mightily in his first three starts against defenses that were able to apply easy pressure against San Francisco's shoddy line, but he was able to salvage his fantasy value with strong production on the ground (136 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 26 attempts). The rookie was able to flash some of the potential that GM John Lynch saw in the Iowa product against the Giants in Week 10 once he was given some time in the pocket to actually dissect a New York secondary that was no pushover. It was too little too late, however, as Jimmy Garoppolo took over under center in Week 13 and showed why he is clearly the superior signal caller by taking the club on an extraordinary 5-0 run to end the season. In the likely event that the 49ers re-sign Garoppolo this offseason, he will begin the year as the team's starter with Beathard -- who has three years remaining on his rookie contract -- having proven enough to serve as his primary backup.
Beathard will remain in a reserve role this Sunday against the Texans after head coach Kyle Shanahan named Jimmy Garoppolo the starting quarterback on Monday, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
Beathard's recent hip and knee ailments made it easier for the 49ers to give Garoppolo his highly anticipated first start Sunday, which resulted in San Francisco earning its second victory of the season. Although Beathard was available as a backup, Garoppolo's strong showing cemented his starting status for this weekend. Considering Garoppolo's pedigree, it'd be surprising if he didn't start each of San Francisco's four remaining games, likely leaving the rookie Beathard's fantasy value reliant on an injury to his teammate.
Beathard (knee/hip) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Bears.
As expected, Beathard is healthy enough to serve as Jimmy Garoppolo's backup. Barring an injury or a completely disastrous performance by Garoppolo, the rookie likely will play out the rest of the season in a backup role.
Beathard (knee/hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
A mere spectator Wednesday, Beathard was present during the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. Beathard must participate both Thursday and Friday in order to serve as Jimmy Garoppolo's backup Sunday in Chicago. As a result, Friday's injury report will provide the final word on Beathard's Week 13 availability. In the event Beathard doesn't get the all-clear, the 49ers can elevate undrafted rookie Nick Mullens from the practice squad.
|3||9/23/18||@ KC||Lost 27-38|
|4||9/30/18||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|6||10/15/18||@ GB||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||5||224||123||54.9||1430||6.38||83||4||6||19/141||16||6||69.2|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||5||26||136||5.2||16||3||0||9|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||7||3||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|