The 49ers will make at least two roster moves after the team held its rookie minicamp over the weekend.
The 49ers released veteran running back DuJuan Harris and undrafted rookie receiver KD Cannon, sources confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area. It is not known if there are other cuts to the 90-man roster, in addition to Harris and Cannon.
Harris, a six-year NFL pro, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season. He carried 38 times for 138 yards while catching eight passes for 115 yards.
Since originally signing with the 49ers on Dec. 22, 2015, he was released and re-signed three times. He recently signed a one-year contract with the 49ers as a non-tendered restricted free agent.
The 49ers also waived Cannon, who ranks No. 3 in Baylor history in receptions (195), receiving yards (3,113) and touchdowns (27). There were 32 wide receivers selected in the NFL draft. The 49ers chose Louisiana Tech slot receiver Trent Taylor in the fifth round.
The 49ers decided to quickly move on from Cannon after seeing him on the practice field and in the meeting room – even after guaranteeing him $45,000 as an undrafted rookie.
UPDATED: The 49ers will sign offensive lineman Richard Levy of UConn, who was one of 56 players who took part in a tryout during rookie minicamp in Santa Clara over the weekend, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area. Levy is listed at 6 foot 6, 316 pounds. The 49ers will also sign safety Chanceller James of Boise State, reports the Sacramento Bee. James is listed at 6-2, 208.
SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.
But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.
“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”
Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.
Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.
Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.
"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.
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.”