Harbaugh: Daniels earns more action

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Harbaugh: Daniels earns more action
August 18, 2013, 1:45 pm
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B.J. Daniels completed six of nine passes for 72 yards and a touchdown agaisnt the Chiefs on Friday night. (AP)

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback B.J. Daniels' solid showing Friday night earned himself a little more practice time.

Through the first three weeks of training camp, Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien received the most practice snaps behind starter Colin Kaepernick. Daniels, who also saw time at running back and wide receiver, was fourth on the list.

This week, that will change, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday.

"We'll probably even those up," he said.

 
But those increased reps will have to wait at least a day. When the 49ers opened practice on Sunday, Daniels was seen in the weight room and not with his teammates on the practice field. He jogged out to the field wearing his No. 5 jersey without any shoulder pads. Each of the 49ers' other players were wearing shoulder pads. Daniels then jogged into the locker room as practice began.

Daniels did return to the practice field a short time later and took part in the practice, according to a team spokesman. The 49ers have exercised their right to close their practices to the media after the second exhibition game.

Daniels completed six of nine pass attempts for 72 yards and led the 49ers on their only touchdown drive in two exhibition games. He lofted a perfect 14-yard fade to Chuck Jacobs in the end zone with 2:02 remaining to supply the 49ers with a 15-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.

"It was an encouraging performance, and he's done some encouraging things in practice, as well," Harbaugh said. "He competed well and made plays."

Daniels' first completion on the winning drive went to tight end MarQueis Gray, who was a quarterback at the University of Minnesota. Gray can relate to Daniels' challenge of learning new positions.

 
"He's been at running back, wide receiver and kick returns," Gray said. "He has to control his momentum and know when get things under control based on what position he's playing.

"He's done a great job of handling a lot new things."

Through two exhibition games, McCoy and Tolzien have been unable to make convincing arguments in the hunt to win the job of Colin Kaepernick's backup. McCoy has completed 6 of 13 attempts for 76 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Tolzien is 18 of 34 for 188 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

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