SANTA CLARA – Carrying two backups behind a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo is a luxury that tests the list of 49s every time a breach occurs elsewhere.
With more and more quarterbacks in the league, the 49ers are insured, raising the question: Could they trade Nick Mullens or C. J. Beathard before October 29?
"Everyone knows when you have three quarterbacks on the schedule, that's always a possibility," said coach Kyle Shanahan on Friday. "But they also know that there are three guys we can not let go, we want them all here."
Injuries have hit quarterbacks hard in the league this year. Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs was the last on Thursday night with a knee injury. A dozen quarterbacks are in an injured reserve. Unavailable starters include Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh Steelers, Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints, Nick Foles of Jacksonville Jaguars and Cam Newton of Carolina Panthers and Andrew Luck of Colts. retired).
"The more injuries there are, the more (commercial) dialogue there is," said Shanahan. "They wait for someone to pull the trigger, and if that's the case, and that will improve our team, we'll certainly not hesitate.
"But we also know how good three are all three of us. It would have to be something that helps us. "
The 49ers may need a roster to account for the steady stream of injuries. Six players were eliminated for Sunday's game in Washington. If Raheem can not play Mostert (knee) or anyone else, Beathard may qualify for quarterback # 3 for the first time. (Eight teams currently have three quarterbacks on their active squad.)
In terms of trading potential, Beathard said, "I can not think about it that much, I do what I have to do here and I'm just getting better."
Garoppolo starts his sixth consecutive season in a single season for the first time, and although his statistics are modest, he orchestrates a top-class offense (# 3 in the standings, 29.4 points per game, # 4 overall) ) Meters, 408.0 per game). Most importantly, his rebuilt left knee is healthy.
Meanwhile, Mullens and Beathard evenly distribute snaps to the scout team every week, without complaint. Beathard even notes that he enjoyed completing the coverage of special teams.
"For a long time, they are the better quarterback than what we're going to play," said Defense Coordinator Robert Saleh. "These guys are invaluable."
A quick refresher of the opposing quarterbacks of the '49s and their passersby rating: Jameis Winston (45.4), Andy Dalton (90.5), Mason Rudolph (81.4), Baker Mayfield (13.4) and Jared Goff ( 60.8).
Mullens returned the complement and said that the 49er's defense was significantly improved: "It has been noticeable for a few weeks that they are significantly better than last year, and humbly, it was fun to chop them down a little last year "Mullens said about the defense, this year it is a very competitive environment."
Mullens finished last season as a 49er starter at 3-5, after rising from the training team after a knee injury in week 3 of Garoppolo. Beathard went 1: 4, 18: 0: 5 in 2017. He almost led the 49ers to a comeback win after replacing Brian Hoyer on their last trip to Washington in 2017.
SAMUEL, JONES EXCLUDED
Broad receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) and nosepiece D.J. Jones (thigh muscle) did not train all week and had to give up with offensive duels like Joe Staley (Fibula) and Mike McGlinchey (knee), full-back Kyle Juszczyk (knee), full-back Deebo Samuel (groin) and right-back Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)) and Nose tackle DJ Jones (Achilles tendon).
The retracement of Raheem Mostert (knee) is questionable after limited training on Friday and without work in the last two days.
Six excluded are a season high for their injury report, which falls 48 hours before the kick-off. Wide-angle receiver Jordan Matthews will make his 49-man debut and defensive duel will tackle Jullian Taylor after being inactive for the last three games.
VERNON DAVIS OUT
Former 49er tight-end players like Vernon Davis (concussion) and Chris Thompson (toe) are excluded from Washington, with the cornerback by Josh Norman (thigh / hand) being questionable. Davis will miss his third consecutive game after being restricted in training this week. Last Saturday, Washington put Jordan Reed in an injured reserve due to his concussion history. Also retired are Safety Deshazor Everett (ankle), Guard Wes Martin (chest) and linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring). Left Wing Trent Williams is on the reserve / non-entry list.
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ODE TO SAN JOSE SHARKS
All 49's offensive linemen wore the blue-green jerseys / sweaters of San Jose Sharks for their flight to Washington on Friday. Guard Mike Person developed the idea last month and Staley has asked his shark friend Douglas Murray to help him with the order. The 49er starters were originally shark shirts to participate in the playoffs of last season. Now all linemen can put on the shark teal. "Douglas Murray got through the clutch," Staley said.
NICKNAME "DEEBO" PERMITTED
Samuel's real first name is Tyshun, although his father long ago nicknamed him "Deebo." Now this nickname is recognized by Tiny Lister, who in 1995 played "Deebo" as a bully in the neighborhood in the cult classic "Friday". "He gets the blessing man," said Lister TMZ.com. "He's one of the first recipients for the San Francisco 49. I'm a big fan of what they do up there, man!"
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