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After Jimmy G injury, Kyle Juszczyk still the 49ers' 'third-string' QB

After Jimmy G injury, Kyle Juszczyk still the 49ers' 'third-string' QB

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will have a different starting quarterback and a new backup on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Only the identity of the 49ers’ No. 3 quarterback will not change after Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury.

The team's emergency quarterback is still Kyle Juszczyk, whose day job is being the 49ers’ starting fullback.

Because the 49ers have not carried a true third quarterback for any game the past two seasons, Juszczyk is the man who remains in the emergency role.

“Last week when Jimmy got hurt, it flashed in my head a little,” Juszczyk said of the possibility of getting in a game at quarterback. “But, honestly, there’s comfort in knowing that not much is expected from me. I’m sure it would be a very basic package. I’m sure I’d be handing the ball off, mostly. And if I did throw, it would be mostly three-step sorts of things.”

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he has never been forced to go with the emergency fill-in during his NFL coaching career. And Juszczyk, who was also Baltimore’s emergency quarterback during his first four pro seasons, has never taken a snap at the position in an NFL game.

Juszczyk played many positions in high school, including quarterback, which makes him the most-qualified candidate to step in if the team's top two quarterbacks became unavailable. He also ran some wildcat plays at Harvard, where he was a three-time All-Ivy League selection as a tight end.

Juszczyk said he sets aside some time every Friday to take snaps on the side from 49ers center Weston Richburg. Juszczyk even ran a play from quarterback for the first time this season during the team’s walk-through on Friday, he said.

The 49ers would have counted on running back Jerick McKinnon to be the emergency quarterback, based on his play at that position during his college days at Georgia Southern, Shanahan said. But McKinnon sustained a season-ending knee injury eight days before the team’s season opener, which cleared the way for Juszczyk to again fill that role. But even if McKinnon were healthy, Juszczyk was not ready to hand him the job.

“’Jet’ threw, like, one pass a game in college,” Juszczyk quipped. “People think he was a quarterback, but he really wasn’t.”

(Fact check: McKinnon completed 34 of 81 pass attempts for 829 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions during his college career.)

The 49ers appear set with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens as the team’s top two quarterbacks. At some point, the club would like to add a quarterback to develop on the practice squad. But, regardless, Juszczyk will continue to fill the role of the No. 3 spot.

“Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that,” Juszczyk said. “But if it does, I’m going to have a great time.”

How 49ers' Trent Williams trade benefited from Washington jumping gun

How 49ers' Trent Williams trade benefited from Washington jumping gun

If Trent Williams is fully healthy and plays up to his ability, the 49ers got an absolute steal in only giving up a 2020 fifth-round pick and 2021 third-round selection in last month's trade with Washington. Had he played last season, it's highly unlikely San Francisco would have been able to acquire him for such a low cost.

And, thanks to Washington jumping the gun, he didn't.

Williams joined NFL Media's Ian Rapoport on the "RapSheet and Friends" podcast set to debut Friday and revealed that he was, in fact, prepared to suit up for Washington once he reported to the team after the trade deadline last season. But before his new helmet could arrive, Washington placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list, officially ending his season.

"The competitive juices started to flow, so I was really prepared to make my return last year," Williams told Rapoport. "I know all of the things that had went on and just being in that facility, being around teammates, being around the guys you fought with and bled with for some many years. It was almost impossible for me to fight the urge not to just want to get back on the field. I was literally waiting on my new helmet to come in. I was getting ready to kind of gear up and it was going to be somewhat of a surprise to some, but I think for the people who know me best, they know how competitive I am.

"... I was under the impression my new helmet was coming in that Tuesday, and then I was put on the NFI ... right before I could even get the helmet to get back out there. It was a bummer but figured it was just how it was supposed to work out."

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It should be noted, Washington saved $6 million by placing Williams on the NFI. Of course, that likely was the final nail in the coffin for their relationship. 

Williams doesn't sound too upset about it. You can be sure the 49ers -- who now have arguably the NFL's best offensive tackle -- aren't either.

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49ers post Jimmy Garoppolo throwback ahead of 2020 virtual graduation

49ers post Jimmy Garoppolo throwback ahead of 2020 virtual graduation

During this unprecedented time, it’s not only sports that have taken a hiatus. This time of year, graduates of various schools will not be able to participate in the usual ceremonies we’re used to. 

The 49ers wanted to take it into their own hands by hosting a virtual graduation ceremony to honor the Class of 2020. 

And in order to get in the spirit of things, the team tweeted out an old school photo of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. It didn’t disappoint.

Oh yeah, check out that puka shell necklace. Never leave home without it.

The team also gave out superlatives to various players. Jimmy G was the “Best Smile,” of course, with Mike McGlinchey voted “Most Likely to win American Idol.” That probably has to do with that one time he did carpool karaoke with recently retired tackle Joe Staley.

Speaking of, Staley will be one of the commencement speakers at the ceremony.

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Country music star Tyler Rich will be performing as well.

The virtual ceremony for all levels of graduates will be streamed on 49ers.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.

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