It’s been quite a Sunday for Colt McCoy.
Early this morning, reports indicated that the San Francisco 49ers were looking to trade him, or release him if they couldn’t find any suitors. But just moments ago, head coach Jim Harbaugh named McCoy as the 49ers’ backup quarterback.
“I feel real good that Colt is the backup,” said Harbaugh. McCoy saw plenty of action tonight in a preseason game against the Vikings. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 109 yards, and threw one interception and no touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 65.7.
Many speculated that the 49ers were showcasing McCoy to the rest of the league by playing him tonight, as the game was televised nationally on Sunday Night Football on NBC. However, that does not appear to be the case anymore.
The 49ers’ backup quarterback situation has been subject to much debate over the past few weeks. McCoy has not impressed thus far in the preseason, and neither has third-stringer Scott Tolzien.
Seventh-round pick B.J. Daniels has made the most of his opportunities, performing well tonight against the Vikings, but the 49ers aren’t likely to take a chance on a late-round pick as their No. 2. San Francisco also signed the veteran Seneca Wallace to compete for the backup gig, so it is unknown how they plan to use him now that McCoy has been given the role.
McCoy, 26, has spent the past three seasons with the Browns before being traded to the 49ers in the offseason. In 24 games played in his career, McCoy has racked up 4,388 yards, 21 touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 74.8.