C.J. Beathard made his NFL debut in San Francisco's preseason opener against Kansas City on Friday night and he looked... pretty good. Pretty, pretty good. Beathard was the third quarterback to see action for San Francisco, after Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, and played most of the second half. His final stat line was solid: 7/11 (64%), 101 yards (9.2 yards per attempt), two touchdowns, and no interceptions. On the negative side, he was sacked twice and fumbled once, although his offensive line didn't exactly give him great protection.
The highlight of Beathard's performance was probably his first touchdown, a 46-yard hook-up with fellow rookie Kendrick Bourne.
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The play might not have been a touchdown without the defensive back slipping in coverage, but hey -- take advantage of what they give you and Beathard did just that. He had an even nicer connection with Bourne for the two-point conversion.
After that touchdown and two-point conversion tied the game, Beathard led the 49ers to the winning touchdown on a short field after the Chiefs fumbled. His second touchdown pass of the night was a short 2-yard toss to fullback Tyler McCloskey off a nice play action bootleg action (a play which definitely brought back some Iowa memories).
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Obviously, plenty of caveats apply. For one, it's preseason. For another, he played exclusively in the second half, primarily against Kansas City's second- and third-string defense. Still, all Beathard can do is the make the most of the opportunities he receives and he seemed to do just that. Per 49er coach Kyle Shanahan, Hoyer is their starter and Beathard and Barkley are vying for back-up duty; a performance like tonight certainly isn't going to hurt Beathard's argument any.