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Barkley sits for exhibition finale: Will 49ers keep two QBs?

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Barkley sits for exhibition finale: Will 49ers keep two QBs?

UPDATE: The 49ers released quarterback Matt Barkley on Friday morning, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

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SANTA CLARA – Coach Kyle Shanahan has decided on a backup quarterback, but he was not telling anyone immediately following the 49ers’ exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.

The 49ers will spend all day Friday making 35 roster moves to enable the team to get to the 53-player limit by Saturday’s deadline of 1 p.m.

There appears to be a strong chance the 49ers will keep only two quarterbacks with starter Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard assured of spots on the regular-season roster.

In the 49ers’ final exhibition game, quarterback Matt Barkley did not play. Beathard started and played the first half. Undrafted rookie Nick Mullens played the second half.

“I sat Matt down after the Minnesota game,” said Shanahan, who has final say over the 49ers' 53-man roster. “We know what Matt can do. We’ve seen Matt a lot. We’ve seen him in this league before. We’ve seen him in practice. There’s nothing Matt could’ve done in that game to change our feeling on him."

Barkley entered the NFL in 2013 as a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Last year with the Chicago Bears he made the first six starts of his career.

“I needed to see more of C.J. We also wanted to see Nick," Shanahan said. "We haven’t given Nick a chance to play. I didn’t want him to just get in in the fourth quarter when pretty much we were just running the ball anyway. I wanted him to start the third, and we thought C.J. needed more time to play.”

Beathard completed five of nine pass attempts for 31 yards in the 23-13 win over the Chargers. He also rushed three times for 80 yards, including a remarkable 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Mullens, making his first appearance of the exhibition season, completed seven of 10 attempts for 58 yards with one interception. Mullens is a candidate to be re-signed to the practice squad.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Nick Mullens 32, *C.J. Beathard 24
Running back – Joe Williams 26, *Tim Hightower 19, Tyler McCloskey 12, Kapri Bibbs 11
Wide receiver – DeAndre Smelter 33, Tim Patrick 33, DeAndre Carter 26, *Kendrick Bourne 21, *Victor Bolden 21, Trent Taylor
Tight end – *Blake Bell 35, Cole Hikutini 20, *Logan Paulsen 15
Offensive line – *RG J.P. Flynn 49, Andrew Gardner 43, Nick Price 39, Darrell Williams 32, Andrew Lauderdale 32, *LT John Theus 24, *RT Garry Gilliam 24, * C Tim Barnes 24, * LG Erik Magnuson 13

DEFENSE
Defensive line – Pita Taumoepenu 30, *Aaron Lynch 37, *Leger Douzable 36, *Chris Jones 31, Quinton Dial 30, Noble Nwachukwu 21, Sen’Derrick Marks 19, *D.J. Jones 18
Linebacker – *Ray-Ray Armstrong 38, Austin Calitro 36, *Brock Coyle 24, Shayne Skov 22, Dekoda Watson 19, *Eli Harold 10
Cornerback – Asa Jackson 46, *Keith Reaser 39, *Ahkello Witherspoon 38, Will Davis 22
Safety – *Adrian Colbert 60, *Vinnie Sunseri 43, Don Jones 17, Lorenzo Jerome 14
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SPECIAL TEAMS
Taumoepenu 18, Jerome 16, Reaser 15, Calitro 14, Bradley Pinion 13, Skov 13, Bell 12, Colbert 12, Smelter 12, J.Williams 12, D.Jones 11, Paulsen 11, McCloskey 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Jackson 8, Davis 8, Bourne 7, Dial 7, Flynn 6, Nick Rose 5, Sunseri 5, D.J. Jones 5, Patrick 4, Carter 4, Theus 4, Bibbs 4, Gilliam 4, Barnes 4, Hikutini 4, Lynch 4, Douzable 4, Hightower 3, Magnuson 3, Robbie Gould 2, Gardner 2, Price 2, Witherspoon 2, C.Jones 2, Nwachukwu 2, Marquise Goodwin 1, Aldrick Robinson 1, Raheem Mostert 1, Matt Breida 1, D.Williams 1, Lauderdale 1, Bolden 1, Taylor 1, Armstrong 1, Coyle 1, Marks 1, Watson 1

DID NOT PLAY
Offense (18): QB Brian Hoyer, QB Matt Barkley, RB Carlos Hyde, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Pierre Garçon, WR Jeremy Kerley, WR Aldrick Robinson, WR Louis Murphy, WR Aaron Burbridge (hamstring), TE George Kittle, TE Garrett Celek, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Brandon Fusco, RT Trent Brown, G Joshua Garnett (knee).

Defense (16): DL Tank Carradone, DL Solomon Thomas, DL Earl Mitchell, DL DeForest Buckner, DL Arik Armstead, DL Ronald Blair (thumb), DL Elvis Dumervil, LB NaVorro Bowman, LB Reuben Foster, CB Rashard Robinson, CB Dontae Johnson, CB K’Waun Williams, CB Will Redmond (ankle), FS Jimmie Ward, SS Eric Reid, DB Jaquiski Tartt.

49ers making a quarterback change for preseason game vs Broncos

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49ers making a quarterback change for preseason game vs Broncos

C.J. Beathard will be the No. 2 quarterback against the Broncos on Saturday night, Kyle Shanahan announced on Thursday.

In the team's first exhibition game in Kansas City, Matt Barkley was the No. 2 QB behind Brian Hoyer.

Barkley completed 10 of 17 passes for 168 yards against the Chiefs.

Beathard went 7 for 11 with 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The 49ers traded up in the 2017 draft and selected Beathard in the third round (104th overall).

Shanahan: Beathard has earned the right to compete for 49ers' No. 2 spot

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Shanahan: Beathard has earned the right to compete for 49ers' No. 2 spot

There wasn’t supposed to be a battle for the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback spot this offseason. But with training camp in full blaze and San Francisco’s preseason opener just around the corner, it’s a competition that is warranting more and more attention.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan went on the radio Thursday morning and said third round pick C.J. Beathard has done well enough during the offseason program to open up a two-way competition with free agent acquisition Matt Barkley.

“We felt C.J. coming into training camp earned the right to compete for the No. 2 spot,” he said. “That’s how we’ve been doing it so far and we’ve been rotating them throughout practice and those guys have been battling pretty hard.”

The new head coach said Barkley got a lot of the No. 2 snaps during OTAs, but Beathard was impressive enough with his reps to force Shanahan into a deep evaluation and study of those practices.

“I’m as competitive as they come, whether it’s playing ping-pong in the locker room or whatever,” Beathard told the news media over the weekend.

Beathard came to the 49ers as a late-third-round draft pick. The 49ers traded up from the top of the fourth round to secure Beathard, who many believed would be a late-round selection.

“I love that they had the faith in me and saw in me what I see in myself. I want to prove this coaching staff right, that they made the right decision,” Beathard said.