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Five QBs Could Play vs. Vikings

Posted Aug 23, 2013

The 49ers now have five quarterbacks on the roster and all of them could play in the 49ers upcoming preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

The 49ers now have five quarterbacks on the roster. All five of them could play in the 49ers upcoming preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Scott Tolzien is the only quarterback in question, according to Jim Harbaugh.

The third-year quarterback has been “working through something” ever since San Francisco’s road win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Tolzien, however, returned to practice on Friday and could be available against the Vikings.

The starting quarterback, on the other hand, won’t be very mysterious for the 49ers.

Colin Kaepernick, who has played sparingly in the first two preseason games, will take the first-team reps on Sunday.

“That has not changed, nor will it,” Harbaugh said when he was surprisingly asked if Kaepernick would start.


Harbaugh also confirmed that Colt McCoy would be the second quarterback to enter the game.

After that, Tolzien, B.J. Daniels or recently acquired veteran Seneca Wallace could be the next signal-caller to step into action.

Harbaugh spoke highly of Wallace, a nine-year veteran, who signed with the team on Thursday.

“The fact that you could get an experienced quarterback like Seneca Wallace at this stage when you have seven-to-ten days ‘til there’s a final cut down to the final roster then a chance to bring him in to do more than just a workout,” Harbaugh said, “You get a chance to actually practice and play in a preseason game or two. So, I felt like there was no downside to doing that.”

The 49ers coach stressed the signing was “worth exploring” at this point of the preseason.

“He’s played in the league, experienced guy,” Harbaugh said of Wallace, who played in Cleveland for San Francisco's Senior Offensive Consultant Eric Mangini. “I felt like he could do a lot of the things that a quarterback that can move could do in our system.”


Wallace was recently released by the New Orleans Saints, but Harbaugh noted that the athletic quarterback is in shape and fit to play in preseason action.

So while the 49ers anticipate splitting up quarterback reps five ways, each passer will be under the microscope in the team’s ongoing competition. Everyone watching will track Kaepernick’s activity, as well as the gameday roles for the other four signal-callers.

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