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B.J. Daniels to Simulate Russell Wilson

Posted Sep 10, 2013

B.J. Daniels is expected to play the scout-team role of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson this week when the 49ers prepare for a Week 2 road matchup in Seattle.

B.J. Daniels is not going through an identity crisis.

The rookie quarterback knows just who he is, even if he’s running San Francisco’s scout-team offense these days.

When the seventh-round pick was asked if he was acting as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week, Daniels downplayed his role in mimicking the former NFL MVP.

“Was I Aaron Rodgers last week? No,” the 49ers rookie said. “I was B.J. Daniels last week.”

Daniels, however, could be a Russell Wilson impersonator in Week 2.


With the 49ers preparing for a road matchup against Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks, Daniels could be the perfect scout-team passer to help prepare San Francisco’s defense for a challenging matchup with early NFC West implications on the line.

Both Daniels and Wilson are very similar in body type and athleticism. Daniels is listed at 6-foot-1, 217 pounds; Wilson is listed at 5-foot-11, 206 pounds. Both have strong arms and can extend plays with their feet.

Daniels even noted that he’s well aware of Wilson’s rise to stardom with the Seahawks. Players with Wilson’s scrambling and running ability were some of his favorite players to track as a senior at South Florida.

“There are a lot of guys around the league that I can say I’ve watched their game, studied their film and feel like I have some of their attributes,” Daniels said. “He is one of those people.”

So while Daniels downplayed his potential scout-team role this week, defensive teammates felt like Daniels was a logical choice to be Wilson’s clone.

“B.J. and Russell are kind of similar,” said San Francisco’s sack leader Aldon Smith. “They both use their arms and their legs. I’m sure we’ll find a way to get B.J. to give us a good look this week.”


Daniels has no problem helping the 49ers prepare defensively. He knows it’s a big part of his role as the team’s rookie No. 3 signal-caller.

“I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do,” Daniels said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. We just got in some extra work with the young guys. Right now, I’m just trying to master this offense.”

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