QB C.J. Beathard - San Francisco 49ers
|6-2, 219||Born: 11-16-1993||College: Iowa||Drafted: Round 3|
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2017 Week 12 vs SEA (22 / 38 / 201 / 0 / 1 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Despite being-shorthanded and performing below their typical lofty standards recently, Seattle was able to stymie the 49ers offense nevertheless by a) zeroing in on Carlos Hyde, and b) not falling for Kyle Shanahan's cornucopia of misdirection play-action passes. Though they did connect on two passes of 20-plus yards, Marquise Goodwin's speed advantage over Seattle's backup cornerbacks was neutralized by applying constant pressure to C.J. Beathard. Though Hyde played 90 percent of snaps, all but a handful of carries saw any daylight and most of his targets were desperation dumpoffs with nowhere to go after the catch. The only other things to know involve San Francisco's offensive personnel. First, although he played only 35 percent of snaps, the situations in which he saw the field make it clear that George Kittle has reclaimed his role as pass-catching tight end from Garrett Celek. Second, although Louis Murphy is the nominal starter opposite Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne plays more often in obvious passing situations. Finally, and perhaps most importantly for craven fantasy purposes, Jimmy Garoppolo replaced an injured Beathard for the final three plays of the game and threw a touchdown pass as time expired.
2017 Week 10 vs NYG (19 / 25 / 288 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 15 / 1 rush)
Although Beathard played better than he had in recent games, the best one can describe his performance was that he efficiently took what was given to him. The Giants defense was constantly out of position, blowing coverages, and missing tackles; all of which made for wide-open throwing windows and long completions. To wit, all three of the touchdowns Beathard accounted for featured one or more blatant errors by the opposition. On his touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin, Goodwin ran by the cornerback, who thought he had safety help over the top; he didn't. Beathard's touchdown pass to Celek was aided by both bad coverage and bad tackling. And finally, Beathard's own rushing touchdown resulted from a red zone scramble in which the entire Giants defense for some reason or another decided to remain in the end zone rather than making an attempt to tackle him.
2017 Week 9 vs ARI (24 / 51 / 294 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)
Don't be fooled by Beathard's near-300 yard game. His main weakness, holding onto the ball too long, was on constant display in this absolute stinker of a performance. It would take thousands of words to detail every time he threw late to an open receiver or took an unnecessary big hit due to a delay in pulling the trigger, so here are but a few examples. On at least three outside passes to Marquise Goodwin, Beathard threw the ball after Goodwin had broken off his route rather than anticipating the break. This also happened twice on outside throws to Aldrick Robinson. On a second quarter sack, Beathard had plenty of time and George Kittle about to get wide open on his dig route, but failed to pull the trigger because Kittle wasn't open *yet.* On top of all of the above, Beathard also just made bad throws, the big one being an underthrow by 10 yards on a play in which Robinson had beaten than Patrick Peterson deep down the seam.
2017 Week 8 vs PHI (17 / 36 / 167 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 40 / 0 rush)
The dreadfulnes of Beathard's performance is actually well represented by his box score stats. To boot, what isn't in the box score has been discussed in these game recaps over the past couple of weeks. In short, there's not much new to say here. Take, for instance, Beathard's two interceptions in the first half, both of which resulted from the same consistent weakness he's shown previously: Throwing the ball late. On the first interception, he threw behind Aldrick Robinson on a quick slant. Robinson did him no favors volleyball-setting the ball into the air, but throwing the ball a tick earlier would have resulted in a sustained drive for the offense, not a turnover at midfield. Similarly, inside the two-minute warning, Beathard was even more tardy on his throw to Pierre Garcon's out route, resulting in an easy pick-six by cornerback Jalen Mills. Although the inclement weather in Philadelphia and the offensive line missing both starting tackles by halftime likely played a factor in his poor performance, Beathard's heretofore slow internal clock did just as much or more to limit San Francisco's offense.
2017 Week 7 vs DAL (22 / 38 / 235 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 30 / 1 rush)
Beathard's persistent problem against Dallas was the same as last week against Washington: He held onto the ball too long. Time and time again, he threw behind receivers moving laterally across the field. A handful of these resulted in completions, but his poor timing prevented longer gains. This apparent weakness also played a role in a couple of the sacks he took, including one that resulted in a second-half sack-fumble. (To be fair, his other sack-fumble, which happened in the red zone late in the second quarter, was Joe Staley's fault, not his.) Beathard also threw two passes while in the grasp of a sacking defender, both of which were nearly intercepted.
2017 Week 6 vs WAS (19 / 36 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
The narrative during and coming out of this game was that Beathard provided a spark to the 49ers' offense that propelled them to (another) near-victory. And the box score says he threw for 245 yards in two-and-a-half quarters of play. Actually watching the game, however, both of these are overly generous portrayals of his performance. Just on his first drive, Beathard threw low on a dumpoff to Matt Breida and threw a near-interception on a quick out intended for Aldrick Robinson. This latter miscue resulted from a problem that reared its head several times: Holding onto the ball too long. On the Robinson incompletion and most other instances, it was a matter of allowing coverage to reach a once-open receiver or forcing a now-open receiver to reach back for the pass. Otherwise, it was a matter of getting sacked because he didn't pull the trigger on throws to "not wide open, but NFL-caliber open" receivers. Even chalking all of this up to "rookie quarterback who hasn't practiced with the first team offense yet," 177 of Beathard's 245 yards came in the two- or four-minute drill while trailing at the end of both halves (i.e., they can be attributed to defensive indifference), and his lone touchdown pass came courtesy of a blown coverage.
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