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49ers rookie quarterback Beathard benefits from running pro-style offense

49ers rookie quarterback Beathard benefits from running pro-style offense

SANTA CLARA – While other quarterbacks around college football were putting up astronomical statistics in their spread offenses, C.J. Beathard compiled relatively pedestrian numbers.

But that was all part of his plan. And it paid off last week when the 49ers traded up into the end of the third round to select the Iowa quarterback with the No. 104 overall draft pick.

“When I came out of high school, I wanted to play in a pro system because I knew that translated a lot better to the NFL,” said Beathard, who arrived in the Bay Area on Thursday and was issued No. 3 with the 49ers.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he was drawn to Beathard, in part, because he saw him in college running an offense that is more adaptable to the NFL.

“One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play,” Shanahan said. “I think that helps with being at Iowa, having watched the system that he’s in. it’s easier to see.”

Beathard said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and offensive coordinator Greg Davis placed a lot of trust in him to make checks at the line of scrimmage and read defense. He also took snaps under center and called plays in an actual huddle.

Beathard threw for 1,929 yards in his senior season, completing 170 of 301 pass attempts with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In comparison, first-round pick Patrick Mahomes completed 388 of 591 attempts for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

“It is frustrating sometimes,” Beathard said. “Those guys are throwing for 300 yards a game. But all’s that matters to me is really winning games and over the course of my two years starting, we were 12-0 in the regular season my junior year, and 8-4 last year.

“Obviously, didn’t finish the way we wanted to, but overall we had a successful two years. I’d rather than win a game and throw for 150 yards than lose and throw for 300.”

The 49ers selected Beathard's teammate, Iowa tight end George Kittle, on Day 3 of the draft.

“He basically willed us to 20 wins in two years, so that’s pretty impressive,” Kittle said. “He put the team on his back multiple times in games we might not have been playing well. He’s a guy, when he steps on the field, he steps on the field to win. You look at stats, numbers, it doesn’t really matter because he’s a guy who’s going to get the job done.”

After selecting Beathard to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers’ depth chart, Shanahan cited Beathard’s accuracy. But Shanahan said he looked beyond the less-than impressive 56.5 completion percentage that Beathard compiled as a senior.

“When I look at accuracy, do they throw where they’re trying to throw? You can call a bunch of bubbles and a bunch of quick screens and stuff and you can have someone be the most accurate completion percentage quarterback in the world,” Shanahan said. “That doesn’t mean that they can throw the ball all the time where they want to go. I look at when a guy’s in tight coverage, what shoulder does he put it on? How consistently does he hit a guy in stride? When guys aren’t open, it’s sometimes hard to get completions. It depends on the type of offense you have.

“They’re a little more NFL based where they’re not doing a bunch of bubbles and things like that. They do run the ball a ton. They do a lot of play-action keepers off of it and it’s tough to get completions, though. They’re harder completions. There’s not as many gimme ones and I think when you talk about completion percentage, you’ve always got to look into that.”

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”