UPDATE: The 49ers released quarterback Matt Barkley on Friday morning, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.
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SANTA CLARA – Coach Kyle Shanahan has decided on a backup quarterback, but he was not telling anyone immediately following the 49ers’ exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.
The 49ers will spend all day Friday making 35 roster moves to enable the team to get to the 53-player limit by Saturday’s deadline of 1 p.m.
There appears to be a strong chance the 49ers will keep only two quarterbacks with starter Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard assured of spots on the regular-season roster.
In the 49ers’ final exhibition game, quarterback Matt Barkley did not play. Beathard started and played the first half. Undrafted rookie Nick Mullens played the second half.
“I sat Matt down after the Minnesota game,” said Shanahan, who has final say over the 49ers' 53-man roster. “We know what Matt can do. We’ve seen Matt a lot. We’ve seen him in this league before. We’ve seen him in practice. There’s nothing Matt could’ve done in that game to change our feeling on him."
Barkley entered the NFL in 2013 as a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Last year with the Chicago Bears he made the first six starts of his career.
“I needed to see more of C.J. We also wanted to see Nick," Shanahan said. "We haven’t given Nick a chance to play. I didn’t want him to just get in in the fourth quarter when pretty much we were just running the ball anyway. I wanted him to start the third, and we thought C.J. needed more time to play.”
Beathard completed five of nine pass attempts for 31 yards in the 23-13 win over the Chargers. He also rushed three times for 80 yards, including a remarkable 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Mullens, making his first appearance of the exhibition season, completed seven of 10 attempts for 58 yards with one interception. Mullens is a candidate to be re-signed to the practice squad.
Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:
Quarterback – Nick Mullens 32, *C.J. Beathard 24
Running back – Joe Williams 26, *Tim Hightower 19, Tyler McCloskey 12, Kapri Bibbs 11
Wide receiver – DeAndre Smelter 33, Tim Patrick 33, DeAndre Carter 26, *Kendrick Bourne 21, *Victor Bolden 21, Trent Taylor
Tight end – *Blake Bell 35, Cole Hikutini 20, *Logan Paulsen 15
Offensive line – *RG J.P. Flynn 49, Andrew Gardner 43, Nick Price 39, Darrell Williams 32, Andrew Lauderdale 32, *LT John Theus 24, *RT Garry Gilliam 24, * C Tim Barnes 24, * LG Erik Magnuson 13
Defensive line – Pita Taumoepenu 30, *Aaron Lynch 37, *Leger Douzable 36, *Chris Jones 31, Quinton Dial 30, Noble Nwachukwu 21, Sen’Derrick Marks 19, *D.J. Jones 18
Linebacker – *Ray-Ray Armstrong 38, Austin Calitro 36, *Brock Coyle 24, Shayne Skov 22, Dekoda Watson 19, *Eli Harold 10
Cornerback – Asa Jackson 46, *Keith Reaser 39, *Ahkello Witherspoon 38, Will Davis 22
Safety – *Adrian Colbert 60, *Vinnie Sunseri 43, Don Jones 17, Lorenzo Jerome 14
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Taumoepenu 18, Jerome 16, Reaser 15, Calitro 14, Bradley Pinion 13, Skov 13, Bell 12, Colbert 12, Smelter 12, J.Williams 12, D.Jones 11, Paulsen 11, McCloskey 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Jackson 8, Davis 8, Bourne 7, Dial 7, Flynn 6, Nick Rose 5, Sunseri 5, D.J. Jones 5, Patrick 4, Carter 4, Theus 4, Bibbs 4, Gilliam 4, Barnes 4, Hikutini 4, Lynch 4, Douzable 4, Hightower 3, Magnuson 3, Robbie Gould 2, Gardner 2, Price 2, Witherspoon 2, C.Jones 2, Nwachukwu 2, Marquise Goodwin 1, Aldrick Robinson 1, Raheem Mostert 1, Matt Breida 1, D.Williams 1, Lauderdale 1, Bolden 1, Taylor 1, Armstrong 1, Coyle 1, Marks 1, Watson 1
DID NOT PLAY
Offense (18): QB Brian Hoyer, QB Matt Barkley, RB Carlos Hyde, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Pierre Garçon, WR Jeremy Kerley, WR Aldrick Robinson, WR Louis Murphy, WR Aaron Burbridge (hamstring), TE George Kittle, TE Garrett Celek, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Brandon Fusco, RT Trent Brown, G Joshua Garnett (knee).
Defense (16): DL Tank Carradone, DL Solomon Thomas, DL Earl Mitchell, DL DeForest Buckner, DL Arik Armstead, DL Ronald Blair (thumb), DL Elvis Dumervil, LB NaVorro Bowman, LB Reuben Foster, CB Rashard Robinson, CB Dontae Johnson, CB K’Waun Williams, CB Will Redmond (ankle), FS Jimmie Ward, SS Eric Reid, DB Jaquiski Tartt.