49ers rookie QB Beathard enters camp as No. 3 -- all the way around

49ers rookie QB Beathard enters camp as No. 3 -- all the way around

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard comes to the 49ers as a third-round draft pick and No. 3 on the team’s depth chart behind presumptive starter Brian Hoyer and veteran backup Matt Barkley.

He also steps onto the practice field for the first time Friday wearing No. 3 for the 49ers’ rookie minicamp.

“There were a couple of options,” Beathard said. “It’s just for minicamp right now, but I think I’ll stay with that number if I have a chance to.”

Beathard wore No. 16 at Iowa. That option is not available with the 49ers. Joe Montana’s jersey number is retired and out of service. Montana was a third-round pick of the 49ers in 1979 in Bill Walsh’s first draft.

Coincidentally, Montana wore No. 3 during his college career at Notre Dame.

Beathard, who was lauded for his leadership skills while in college, will step into a similar role for the 49ers’ newcomers this weekend. He came from a pro-style offense at Iowa, so he’ll be expected to be further along in guiding his offensive teammates. Quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello sent him some excerpts of the playbook before reporting to Santa Clara on Thursday.

“I’ve been able to look it over the past few days and get a little look at what’s coming up the next few days,” Beathard said.

“I know how to break down an offense and look at an offense. The terminology is completely different, but it (the playbook) does make sense.”

The 49ers welcomed 31 new players this week to fill out its 90-man offseason roster.

The team’s rookies – 10 draft picks and 18 undrafted free agents – traveled to 49ers headquarters on Thursday to take part in a minicamp scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Here are the uniform numbers issued to the new players (it is common for teams to issue duplicate numbers during the time of the offseason when there is a 90-player roster):

Draft picks
3-C.J. Beathard, QB
33-Joe Williams, RB
41-Ahkello Witherspoon, CB
47-Adrian Colbert, CB
49-Pita Taumeopenu, DE/OLB
56-Reuben Foster, LB
66-D.J. Jones, DT
81-Trent Taylor, WR
85-George Kittle, TE
96-Solomon Thomas, DL

Undrafted rookies
1-Nick Mullens, QB
1-Victor Bolden, WR
6-Kendrick Bourne, WR
31-Zach Franklin, DB
46-Malik Golden, S
46-Cole Hikutini, TE
47-Tyler McCloskey, FB
48-Lorenzo Jerome, DB
49-Matt Breida, RB
60-Jimmie Gilbert, LB
60-J.P. Flynn, Montana OL
62-Erik Magnuson, OL
62-Donavin Newsom, LB
64-Evan Goodman, OL
64-Noble Nwachukwu, DE
69-Bret Treadway, OL
75-Darrell Williams Jr., OT
83-KD Cannon, WR

Garcia: Best for 49ers to stick with Beathard over Garoppolo for now


Garcia: Best for 49ers to stick with Beathard over Garoppolo for now

A large portion of the 49ers’ fan base might be eager to see Jimmy Garoppolo take the field as the team’s starting quarterback. But four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia believes it is best to stick with C.J. Beathard, for now.

“Because I know how important the mental side of the quarterback position is, I want to make sure Jimmy is fully comfortable and ready to grasp that,” Garcia said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“Right now, after this past game, I want to see C.J. respond with another game and start to show some consistency. This will be a great challenge against a West division rival in the Seattle Seahawks.”

Beathard has started four games since taking over for veteran Brian Hoyer. Garoppolo was acquired three weeks ago in a trade with the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick.

Garoppolo spent his first two games with the 49ers as the team’s backup quarterback. The 49ers return to action Sunday against the Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

“They know what they like in Jimmy Garoppolo,” said Garcia, now an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area. “They’re able to see him every single day in practice, and they know what he brings to the table, as far as how he learns, how he mentally adapts, adjusts and grows within the system. It gives him more time to get confident.

“It’s not an easy system to pick up, especially when you haven’t had anything that really relates to that system in your recent past. Going from New England to San Francisco is like learning an entirely new language.”

John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'


John Lynch impressed with how Carlos Hyde is 'behaving and playing'

Running back Carlos Hyde has proven to be a good fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.

And the man in charge of stocking the 49ers roster has taken notice of what Hyde has done on and off the field.

General manager John Lynch entered the playing field more than two weeks ago to greet Hyde with enthusiasm after Hyde was ejected for his tussle with Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.

Hyde got involved during the scuffle that ensued after Cardinals safety Antoine Beathea delivered an illegal hit on 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard as he was sliding.

“I was proud of Carlos because he fought for his teammate. He had his teammate’s back,” Lynch said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Sticking up for teammates was a lesson Steve Young and Jerry Rice imparted on the current team when they spoke to the team during training camp in August, Lynch said.

“That’s what I saw from Carlos,” Lynch said. “He got sick and tired of the refs not doing anything about our quarterback getting hit in the head. He finally had enough. I think at some point – particularly when you’re trying to build something – someone’s got to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not having it. We’re not going to pushed around any more.’

“And did my emotions get the best of me? Maybe. But I was proud of Carlos, and not because he was kicked out of a game, because of the reason why. Because he had his teammate’s back. And I wanted to let him know that. I appreciated that.”

Hyde, whose contract is set to expire after the season, ranks 11th in the NFL with 592 yards rushing while averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. He is sixth among running backs in the leauge with a 49ers-leading 42 receptions for 274 yards.

“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things -- the way (running backs coach) Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you're going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”