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QB C.J. Beathard - San Francisco 49ers

6-2, 219Born: 11-16-1993College: IowaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2017

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Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 8 vs ARI (14 / 28 / 190 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 9 / 0 rush)

Once again, Beathard was the victim of a defense whose game plan was playing man-to-man coverage behind a ramped-up pass rush. That said, he did have at least two egregious throwing errors. One on occasion, he overthrew Marquise Goodwin on a wide-open, 3rd-and-12 comeback route. On another, he threw behind an open Goodwin on a deep post route. The latter, especially, would have been a touchdown with an accurate pass, as Goodwin's Olympic-level speed got him clear of Patrick Peterson running across the deep middle of the field. All of that said, Beathard's pass protection once again did him no favors.

2018 Week 7 vs LAR (15 / 27 / 170 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

This might be hard to believe given his awful stat line, but Beathard's performance wasn't nearly as bad as the box score suggests. Both of his interceptions involved world-class efforts from defenders. The seven sacks (and numerous pressures) he took were due to the Rams' world-class interior defensive line duo and repeated breakdowns in San Francisco's pass protection. (These were likely related, of course.) It also didn't help Beathard that the 49ers' once again couldn't beat man-to-man coverage. Yes, he missed open receivers on a few occasions, but that's to be expected from a backup quarterback. In this game, his teammates were more of a liability than an asset, however.

2018 Week 6 vs GB (16 / 23 / 245 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)

Beathard throwing only 23 passes against Green Bay after throwing 54 against Arizona can be attributed to game script: Against Arizona, the 49ers spent most of the game playing from behind. Against Green Bay, the 49ers spent most of the game playing from ahead. In terms of performance, Beathard continues to show that he's no longer the out-of-his-depth rookie he was last season. He got rid of the ball quickly and threw more often than not to receivers designed to be -- and were -- open. In the fourth quarter, Beathard had a pass where the broadcast angle showed that he overthrew a wide-open George Kittle, who may have scored a touchdown, let alone convert the 3rd-and-4. The coaches' film, however, showed that Clay Matthews' leap at the line of scrimmage forced Beathard to elevate the pass. Beathard's only "real" mistake was the interception that allowed Aaron Rodgers and company to secure a last-second win. Facing a Packers blitz, he threw inside to Marquise Goodwin on a fly route when Marquise Goodwin had beaten coverage to the outside.

2018 Week 5 vs ARI (34 / 54 / 349 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)

As has been the trend the past couple of weeks, Beathard hung tough in the face of pressure, taking hit after hit but getting up to play the next snap. The difference this week was that Arizona seemingly blitzed on every passing down, so there were more hits to be taken. He was hit before he threw (i.e., sacked) four times and hit as he threw at least four more times, two of which resulted in strip-sack fumble recoveries for the Cardinals. Although he held onto the ball too long several times, Beathard did a nice job of getting the ball out of his hands most of the time, albeit by forcing 100 mile per hour rockets to blanketed receivers less than 10 yards away. This produced several dropped passes, including one by third tight end Cole Wick that should have been any easy touchdown. This may have been the ugliest 60 percent completion rate, 350 yard passing performance you'll ever see.

2018 Week 4 vs LAC (23 / 37 / 298 / 2 / 2 pass, 7 / 19 / 0 rush)

More surprising than Beathard performing better than he did last season -- he's not a rookie anymore after all -- was that Kyle Shanahan was comfortable enough with him at quarterback to install a pass-heavy game plan, even with the lead. He did miss several throws along the way, but his teammates did him no favors on most of his particularly negative plays. For instance, neither of his second-half interceptions were his fault. On the first, which came on 1st-and-goal down 23-17, Garrett Celek did his best volleyball setter impression and tipped the ball over to cornerback Trevor Williams for a near pick-six. On Beathard's second interception, left tackle Garry Gilliam, who was in for an injured Joe Staley, didn't pick up a corner blitz; and Alfred Morris didn't chip the blitzer on his way into the flat. The result was Beathard getting hit as he threw the ball and the fluttering semi-fumble comfortably nestling into the awaiting arms of a defensive lineman.


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