Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback B.J. Daniels (5) hands off during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. San Francisco won 15-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers: B.J. Daniels Inserting Himself Into Backup QB Race

Neither Colt McCoy nor Scott Tolzien have looked very impressive during the San Francisco 49ers two preseason games thus far, but seventh round pick B.J. Daniels has put himself on the radar.

In fact, he has now entered the race for backup quarterback, with head coach Jim Harbaugh saying on Sunday that Daniels would get an equal amount of reps as McCoy and Tolzien during practice.

Daniels threw for 72 yards on six of nine passing against the Chiefs last Friday, including a game-winning 14-yard touchdown in the late stages of the game.

McCoy, who was listed as No. 2 on the 49ers quarterback depth chart heading into the preseason, completed just three passes for 35 yards. Tolzien, the third option, was just as awful.

That opens the door for Daniels, who has a chance to surprise many by grabbing the understudy position to Colin Kaepernick.


Harbaugh also said that wide receiver A.J. Jenkins will audition on kick returns during practice. Jenkins, the 49ers first round pick last season, played sparingly last season and has yet to impress during training camp and the preseason.

“He’s shown good things,” Harbaugh said of Jenkins, via CSN Bay Area. “(And he’s) going to do some additional things this week and put him in some additional roles to see how he does with that.”

Jenkins has not locked down a roster spot yet, and for the 49ers sake, they sure hope that he shows why they used a first round pick on him.

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