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Morning Tailgate: Backup Quarterbacks

Posted by Scott Kegley on March 29, 2013 – 10:58 AM


With Alex Smith now in Kansas City, the 49ers only have two quarterbacks on the roster, Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien. The 49ers will surely add to that position group, either in free agency or the draft.

Matt Barrow’s of the Sacramento Bee reported that former West Virginia Quarterback Pat White stopped by 49ers headquarters for a visit yesterday. White reportedly played catch with Jim Harbaugh.

If the 49ers look to the draft for a quarterback, San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch suggests the 49ers could target Duke quarterback Sean Renfree, who Harbaugh recruited at Stanford. Harbaugh offered Renfree a scholarship to play for the Cardinal, but the quarterback chose to head to Durham, NC to play for the Blue Devils.

“I developed a relationship with (Harbaugh) and knew that he was a great coach with a great staff,” said Renfree, who took several trips to Stanford during high school. “In the end, I think it worked out pretty well for both of us.”

Other headlines discuss who the 49ers might target in the NFL Draft:

Barrows also reported that the Honey Badger, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, will be visiting the 49ers on April 9.

ESPN’s Mike Sando discusses Todd McShay’s two-round mock draft. McShay has the 49ers selecting Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins (31st overall), Stanford tight end Zach Ertz (34th overall) and Florida International safety John Cyprien (61st overall).

Sando: “Would Jenkins fit along the line at 346 pounds? That seems heavier than the 49ers would prefer for their scheme, especially if playing defensive end is part of the expectation, but McShay says Jenkins could do that for the 49ers. The team has not drafted a true defensive lineman since using a 2009 seventh-round choice for Ricky Jean Francois. Ray McDonald was a third-rounder in 2007.”



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53 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Backup Quarterbacks”

  1. By Mutney1 on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    If the Niners could land those 3 draft choices it would be excellent. They would likely be productive immediately and shore up areas of need (depth).

  2. By Micah on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    I truely believe we need too trade our 1st and 1 2nd round pick to move up and grab Safety Vaccaro from Texas. He would replace the horrible lose of Goldson and be a beast from week 1.

  3. By Jon on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Trade 1 and the later 2nd round to get vaccaro and use the second pick for ertz I would love to see them also take a chance on matheiu and lattimore at some point and a DT later in the draft we always seem to be able to develop the dline

  4. By tanglung on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply


  5. By evansvc on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Bring in Vince Young…. He is ready, motivated, hungry and determined to help lead a team to the SuperBowl…

  6. By ashzdad on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Trade for Revus using yr 13 & 14. Why? because he is progressing nicely from knee surgery, remember Adrian Peterson? Same program. get their Safety in Eric Reid in the 2nd and in the 3rd take the kid from SDSU, Gavin Escober.. Yeah unknown but I have sen him play and he catches everything. Something Walker had a problem with…

  7. By ace on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    14 picks we will do better than that i hope, we can move up in first round, 2 picks 4 1 or just keep those and trade later piacks for 2nd rounders, either way we have ammo

  8. By ace on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    this draft is deep enuff it seems like a good idea too move up grab somebody that seems like a risk and still get depth

  9. By ace on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    later on i mean

  10. By johninchina on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Never seen Jenkins play, but looks like a good time to trade a pick or two and move up to get the best middle guard for our D Line . . . any Vince Wilfolk type guys out there ? That would just about seal the deal for our D; maybe with a vet CB and secondary and D linemen through the draft for the future !

  11. By mfkram64 on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    johninchina who is Jenkins? i’m lost..hankns from ohio st.? if so he isn’t worth moving up for him only sharrif is worth moving up for…

  12. By ace on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    he meant aj jenkins our fisrt pick bust of last year

  13. By johninchina on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Read the article – John Jenkins, Georgia DT;

  14. By tanglung on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply


  15. By jdemeyer on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    if we are going to trade up in round 1, it should be for Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson not Vaccaro. then we could still get Eric Reid with pick 34. later grab the TE/HB like Escobar or Reed or Gragg.

  16. By The Cost on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    They need to replace Goldson before they do anything. They’ve got great linebackers that can already deal with the run. They need a free safety that can run with receivers.

  17. By C.G. on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    I think that they should pickup, Margus Hunt with there 31st pick, and then jessie Williams,(N.T.) with the 34th. this will give depth at D.T. and N.T. for them Smith and Mcdonal played 80-90% of the snaps last year. A solid rotatation,influx of young capable talent would keep them fresh for the late year run. Trade up and then pickup (TE) Zach Ertz and runiing back Le’veon Bell for the future and depth and contribution to Gore, Hunter. Cut Dixon,(worthless!). Ertz can contribute right away in the 2 T. E. set. Also pickup John Jenkins and very promising,but developmental player,T.J. McDonald.

  18. By rjdniner on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    As I read all the comments about who we think that Jim and Trent should get in the up coming draft ,remember this the draft is a throw of the dice WE all know this . regardless of who we pick when the time comes ,me am more thankful that the coaching staff is still together ,we ALL thought that AJ Jenkins was the second coming of Jerry Rice a 1st round pick should be able to get the playbook and start mid season.

  19. By ace on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    its true you really cant tell how a college player will do in the pros, and you never know if you got a p willis or an aj jenkins, lots of first round picks suc, kaep was pretty surprising had no idea he could do what he did, i for one did not want alex smith with the first overall pick,thats an enourmas amount of pressure being #1 pick glad we got a second rounder after 8 years

  20. By ace on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    hmm margus hunt


    likes to block kicks

  21. By mfkram64 on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    well with Flynn going to raiders that means they will drop palmer and he will go to Arizona with all that happening that just means those teams will not take gino smith….so now they will draft defense most likely which isn’t good for niners….want guys to drop in draft….to get Richardson..,s. Williams and vaccarro they will have to trade up big time….

  22. By mfkram64 on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    jdemyer don’t see how they will trade up to get Richardson than get reid at 31st? if they trade up I would think they will have to package that 31st and two seconds to move up….that’s why I say at what cost do they want to give for one guy? if they stay at 31st take best d-line guy if he’s who they like if not cb…cuz they come back with two second rd picks..than 2 3rd picks u gotta love what they can do…they can get so much youth for the future in this draft….this could be one of those drafts we talk about in 4 years when 4 guys r starting and all pros,,,,

  23. By mfkram64 on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    kolb to bills another team not drafting gino smith…..hey 49er defense finally month of april…..draft day is almost here…..

  24. By tanglung on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    go 49ERS

  25. By ninernation81 on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    all this talk that a.j jenkins is a bust is so funny ! lmao!!! all of you people probably said the same thing about crab! know your football before you people flap your gums !

  26. By ninernation81 on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    Aj jenkins has only played 37 snaps , How is he a bust? He’s GOING to work with Kaep this off season , he’ll contribute next year for sure , just needs to learn the play book and get stronger

  27. By ninernation81 on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder how many people called Michael Crabtree a bust his rookie season. Look what he did after a few years experience. Most players don’t come out ballin (unless your a rare talent). They need time to develop. Give AJ a break…it was only his first year in the NFL.

  28. By C.G. on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    Margus Hunt-6’8″-280-290ilbs(4.55-4.6 40, 38 reps 225[bs, 4.5 20yd shuttle, 7.07 3-cone… Jessie Williams- 6’3″-320lbs( 33 reps 225lbs, 4.95-5.01 40)… John Jenkins- 6’4″-340( 5.0-5.2 40, 31 reps 225lbs)… T. J McDonald- 6′ 2-1/2- 220lbs( 4.55-4.6 40, 20 reps 225lbs, 4.24 20 yd shuttle). With these 4 players, The 49’ers would have the infusion of youth it needs and all of these guys have the tools neccessary, and with the coaching staff, would make an immediate impact in the rotation of theD-line, giving guys like Smith and McDonald, Williams a rest when need so they dont get burnt out, also it gives the secondary with whitner and dahl a physical impact player in which they can guide/ mentor.

  29. By phatalerror on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    “all of you people probably said the same thing about crab!”

    We did, because he was three years of bust (holdout, poor attitude, injury-prone, and lack of any remarkable athleticism). Randy Moss did a ton to motivate Crabtree to elevate his game at a cerebral level in 2012. Even so, Crabtree’s ascension as a receiver hasn’t been accompanied by sufficient evidence demonstrating he is a true NFL WR1. As 2013 begins, watch for defenses to settle on which of Anquan Boldin or Michael Crabtree they are going to defend against as the greater threat. Once that is established, look for defenders to start jumping routes to take away the stop-routes that dominated Kaepernick’s targets to Crabtree.

    I’m not sold on Crabtree at all. At four years in the league, he has still accomplished very little other than being an outlet for divisive comments in the locker room. However, at least he was less of a diva this year.

  30. By ace on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    yeap crabtree is starting to live up to what we expected from him after 3 years still dont think we should have drafted him as first rounder,hes just not that big and fast or stong, to be an elite wr, that would warrant a first round selection. and by those same standards we should not have drafted aj jenkins in the first round either hes not first round material period

  31. By ace on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    tj mcdonald safety from usc


    not bad

  32. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply


  33. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    c,g, all those times and reps. sound good but it’s the game film that’s important…how they produced in the games…

  34. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    don’t like jenkins post or what

  35. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    quess they don’t like jenkins post

  36. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    no excuses this year for jenkins

  37. By C.G. on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    mfkram64, I know that they’re just pretty #’s but all of the guys I posted have great physical ability and with the 49er coaching staff, can make an immediate impact in the rotation. All the while being mentored by player like J. Smith, R. McDonald, I. Williams,(Good run stuffer) and G.Dorsey,(Another solid run stuffer.T.J. McDonal has good instinct, and has play making ability, add in being mentored whitner and a solid but not great Dahl. He could make and impact in the secondary almost immediately, giving the 49ers what they need. I know that there are otherr players in the draft, but all thee players I’ve mentioned have a great motor and do not give up, or take plays off. So they may not be the top names, but all the ones I’ve mentioned are big effort players with very good physical tools.49ER coaching staff LOVES guys with non-stop motors and motivation.

  38. By tanglung on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply


  39. By RED&GOLD on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    I say we should use some of our draft picks to replace some of the guys we lost, like Sopoaga, Francois, and we need to find another return man since we’ve lost Ginn. As for the backup QB situation, I say grab one in the draft, preferably in the later rounds.

  40. By dave g. on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    It is amazing how much ignorance some people have on these blogs. Crabtree was been outstanding and it is not because of motivation from Moss. Are you kidding? Moss struggles to stay motivated himself! “Lack of any remarkable athleticism”-Are you kidding? Do you want him to do flips? Darius Heywood Bey was drafted ahead of him and he just got cut. Hello Crabtree was hurt with foot issues when he was drafted & it lingered for years and never had another good receiver good opposite of him and had a QB who “played it safe” instead of swinging that ball in there. Crabtree has outstanding hands. Crabtree is only 1 inch shorter than Jerry Rice. Do you know how many 6’4″ WRs cannot even compete in the NFL? You people expect Calvin Johnson and Jerry Rice all the time and you not “impressed” when someone is not. Give me a break!

  41. By dave g. on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    Phatalerror: You are not sold on Crabtree? We not sold on your “wanna be intellectual”. First you must know what you talking about.

  42. By dave g. on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply


    CRABTREE:11 games played, 48 rec, 625 yards, 2 TDs
    CALVIN JOHNSON:15 games played, 48 rec, 756 yards, 4 TD’s
    JERRY RICE: 16 games played, 49 rec, 927 yards, 3 TD’s
    CHRIS CARTER: 9 games played, 5 rec, 84 yards, 2 TDs

    Oh and by the way are you sold on Chris Carters first 4 years? I wish people would get out of this fantasy football, John Madden, Oh “I know football” fantasy world and live in reality.


  43. By dave g. on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    There are too many people on these sites that talk out of their @ss but have no clue to real football and all the variables which affect performance and stats. They are quick to judge with no historical perspective of reality. Crabtree is an excellent WR who did a tremendous job this year AND yes he is worth a 1st round pick. And Diva?…give me a break, when you compare him to other guys out there including Moss? Seriously?

  44. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    I hear u dave g….I tried all day to post about crabtree….blahblahblah is full of it as usual….crabs had a great year and wil have a pro bowl year this year….he finally has a qb he likes throwing him the ball…..u r right he had a foot injury and he took time to get adusted to the offense….throw in bolden and man they look solid…

  45. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    hey dave moss was a great mentor…..lol….they need Jenkins to step up this year

  46. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    just when u needed randy moss to be a stand up guy he goes and says on the biggest stage in a niner uniform he is the best rec. EVER! ya he proved that to us super bowl night….he showed us why teams cut him….no effort….

  47. By mfkram64 on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    one thing is bolden is a stand up guy and a real pro period….

  48. By tanglung on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    phatablahblah just can’t stay away. He loves to put down THE 49ERS players. Just be ready for draft day. He’s going to talk more SH!T than ever. Like I said before, Once a D!CK always a D!CK..

  49. By NathanM on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    I absolutely love our offseason so far. Trent = genius. Stealing McCoy for what amounts to a 5th round pick is awesome. Give up a 5th and a 7th get mccoy and a 6th. Stroke of genius. I’d love to see jenkins from georgia to fill in at DT. He plays much faster and athletically than a 346 pounder.

  50. By jrparker on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    McCoy was an excellent trade, but I am hearing rumors of sacrificing early round picks to move up in the first round. I hope the rumors are not true because we are going to need every one of our picks to make up for aging players and free agent losses over the next two seasons. Next season is even worse then this this season.

  51. By schenault49er on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    I am posting on the ones who think AJ Jenkins is a bust gotta give the kid time to develop. It takes time to learn the offense and if I remember he got hurt and was out for awhile. Not everyone is going to be a Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson. Give this kid time and lets see if he can develop into a good player. I for one think he will be fine if given time to develop and with Crabtree and Boldin and if Manningham comes back strong he will be able to learn and develop without much pressure on him to be a star. Either way I think this season is going to be great. Cheers to all true 49ers fans and not those who chose to criticize every move our team makes talking about supposed fans. =)

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