In 11-on-11 drills during today’s practice in Santa Clara, the four quarterbacks on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster were split into two pairs. One pair, Scott Tolzein and rookie B.J. Daniels, worked on one field. Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy split reps on the other field.
After practice, I asked Harbaugh about McCoy, and whether it’s too early to announce the No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks. Here’s a 49-second video (what luck!):
Here’s the transcript:
BASG: What are your impressions of QB Colt McCoy since his arrival? And is it too early to name the backup quarterback at this point?
Harbaugh: Well, yeah probably to name one. But, that’s the role that he’s been in since he’s got here. He’s doing very well, picking up the system. And a guy that is really serious and focused on being good and doing a good job. He’s got a lot of things that motivate him to work hard. And he’s worked extra hard, too. He’s doing well.
Cam Inman: Did you say he’s been working in the number two spot?
Harbaugh: Yeah, yeah. He’s been in that role since he got here.
McCoy had his ups and downs during practice. By my VERY unofficial count (it was tough to see some of the plays, because the guys were far away and 50 or so 49ers were standing in between us and the guys who were actually playing), McCoy completed 8-of-14 passes. He threw a long, wobbling touchdown pass to Vernon Davis.
“Vernon is fast. He is definitely a weapon on offense that we can use in a lot of different ways. I can’t say I’ve ever played with anybody like that. When he’s out on the field, in your read and your progressions, in the back of your mind always know where Vernon is, because he’s definitely a playmaker,” McCoy said.
However, McCoy threw one pass that was better than that TD to Davis — a bullet across the middle over a defender to the outstretched hands of Garrett Celek (who was targeted a lot today). McCoy also threw an interception to rookie cornerback Lowell Rose, an undrafted free agent out of Tulsa.
Here he is talking about Colin Kaepernick’s athleticism (“Kap is just fast.”) and the 49ers’ offensive scheme: