The quarterback carousel keeps turning in Santa Clara, with the 49ers releasing a quarterback they signed just eight days ago.
49ers claimed QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson off waivers from the Vikings, released QB John Skelton
— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) October 9, 2013
If that second name sounds familiar, it’s because McLeod Bethel-Thompson was in 49ers camp in 2011. The former Balboa High and Sacramento State quarterback was cut after the final preseason game and subsequently signed to the practice squad. I remember seeing him during one training camp practice that season, and one thing was for certain — he can throw the deep ball.
After the 49ers waived B.J. Daniels, Jim Harbaugh explained the team’s reasoning for adding Skelton. “Good stature in the pocket. Experienced guy. He’s played, won games and been in those battles. Had an excellent workout when he was here a few weeks back. One of the better workouts I’ve seen from a quarterback in one of those type of workout environments.”
Bethel-Thompson also has stature at 6′ 4″, but unlike Skelton he has no NFL game experience. We’ll see how long he sticks around; Harbaugh seems to love tinkering with the QB depth chart these days.