It’s difficult to gauge the performance of your quarterbacks when the receiving corps is fraught with uncertainty.
During the offseason, the 49ers brought in Colt McCoy via trade with Cleveland, hoping he could serve as the backup quarterback and fill the void left from the departure of Alex Smith.
So far this preseason, McCoy has failed to impress anyone in the 49ers organization. Through two games, he has completed only six of 13 passes for 76 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rather than making a case as the backup, McCoy could be playing his way onto the waiver wire if he doesn’t step it up this Sunday against the Vikings.
Faring no better so far is last year’s third-stringer Scott Tolzien, who has received the bulk of the reps in the preseason. You may remember Tolzien from last year when he beat out the talented youngster Josh Johnson for the third quarterback spot. Johnson has since gone on to thrive behind Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, Tolzien has been given every opportunity this preseason to advance his NFL career, but he could be doing more damage than anything else. His inability to sustain drives and put points on the board in the first two games has forced Jim Harbaugh to add a new challenger.
Seventh-round rookie quarterback/athlete B.J. Daniels looked impressive in his limited opportunity during last week’s game, leading the 49ers to their first touchdown drive of the entire preseason.
As a result, Harbaugh stated that Daniels will split reps with McCoy and Tolzien with the second-team unit all week, per Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News.
This should add an interesting element to a competition that’s already wide open.
Sunday’s exhibition is going to be a critical game for the coaching staff to evaluate and determine the winner of the backup quarterback job.