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Versatile Daniels to Focus on QB Role

Posted Aug 31, 2013

B.J. Daniels was drafted, in part, because of his ability to play multiple positions in the NFL, but the 49ers like him under center.

B.J. Daniels made his NFL preseason debut at kick returner. He made the 53-man roster because of his exhibition performances at quarterback.

And that’s where he’ll stay.

The seventh-round draft pick told 49ers.com on Saturday that his reps at the wide receiver and running back positions and on special teams have diminished to none. He’s currently putting all his focus under center, where he is slated to understudy starter Colin Kaepernick and No. 2 man Colt McCoy.

“Coming in, it was a whirlwind, trying to learn a million different things,” said the South Florida product, who had sent out celebratory texts when he learned he made San Francisco’s initial 53-man roster on Saturday. “Coming in at first and having to compete at a position that I have never played against guys that have been playing it all their lives, that was tough.

"Once I started getting more reps at quarterback, I was able to be comfortable and do what I do: read defenses, deliver the ball and try to do whatever I can to help move the chains. Once I got ahold of the playbook, mostly just the things I’ve done all myself being natural at the position... I’m just glad I had opportunity to show the abilities that I have been blessed with.”

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Daniels would be appreciate of such a stage. Remember that he wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, the Senior Bowl and other audition-oriented events before the draft.

He took advantage of being featured in three preseason games this month. Daniels was 13-of-21 passing for 178 yards and a team-high three touchdown passes and averaged 7.3 yards per rush. Despite being sacked five times, he didn't throw an interception.

Which highlight will he take with him into the regular season?

“The touchdown pass to Chuck Jacobs against Kansas City,” he said. “That was pretty huge for us to have our first preseason win.”

Daniels has the ball from that play in his locker, which is no longer situated with other "bubble" players. He's right alongside Colt McCoy, a veteran of three seasons and the man he'll be competing with behind Kaepernick.

“It’s mixed emotions,” Daniels said. “You see guys that you got to know not just as football players but as people leave the locker room – that’s the part about it that it’s tough. At the same time, it’s a blessing to officially be a part of the 49ers and the NFL.”

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