Missing from the 49ers’ exhibition-opening win Friday night was a staple of their recent offenses: quarterback scrambles and designed runs.
Neither Brian Hoyer nor his backups Matt Barkley and C.J. Beathard took off running once, and, in fact, Beathard’s poise in the pocket sparked the fourth-quarter comeback and 27-17 victory at Kansas City.
“Usually guys scramble because no one’s open or they’re not comfortable in the pocket, and I’d rather play football,” coach Kyle Shanahan told this newspaper recently at training camp.
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Hoyer played only seven snaps Friday so he had a small sample size. But the undisputed starter has scrambled just four times in 11 practices at training camp.
“If Brian is scrambling a ton in the season, we’re going to be in trouble,” Shanahan added.
KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 11: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #2 of the San Francisco 49ers passes during the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Since 2011, the 49ers have deployed mobile quarterbacks: Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith and Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick had 375 carries and 2,300 rushing yards in regular-season action from 2011-16, plus 51 more runs for 507 yards in some remarkable playoff showings.
Beathard’s pocket poise won over the 49ers before the draft, and he showed that off by throwing a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, plus a two-point conversion pass to tie it at 17.
Shanahan, in a media conference call Saturday, said he expects Beathard to play earlier in Saturday night’s exhibition against Denver at Levi’s Stadium. Shanahan held off from naming Beathard his No. 2 over Barkley but called it a “very stiff competition.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports