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Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

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Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”

49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk showcases entire skillset vs. Steelers

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49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk showcases entire skillset vs. Steelers

Things haven't been going great for the 49ers early in their Week 3 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Levi's Stadium, as they turned the ball over four times in the first 18 minutes.

But at least Kyle Juszczyk came to play.

The 49ers fullback had two highlight-reel plays during the first half, the first was a diving catch on a 22-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo.

The next time Juszczyk touched the ball, he made new Steeler Minkah Fitzpatrick feel it.

Can your fullback do this? (Considering some teams choose not to carry a fullback in the year 2019, the answer is no.) Regardless, it's good to see Juzszcyk show he can do more than lay the boom when blocking.

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The 49ers trailed 6-3 at the half.

Terrell Owens wants to give guidance to Antonio Brown amid controversy

Terrell Owens wants to give guidance to Antonio Brown amid controversy

SANTA CLARA — Newly enshrined 49ers Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens is known for being outspoken, and that did not change as he dished on embattled receiver Antonio Brown. 

Owens is friends with Brown and noted how he would like to talk to the former Raiders receiver about his current situation. Owens himself has had a plethora of controversial situations unfold publically during his time in the NFL, and knows his experience could be valuable to Brown moving forward. 

“I would love to talk to him personally,” Owens said. “We all go through life and we are going to make mistakes. They are going to be things that we look back upon. I am sure he will get to that point in his life but he has to do what’s best for himself. I understand to a degree what he’s doing and what’s going on with him.” 

Owens repeatedly reacted emotionally as an NFL wideout and knows how the media machine works. While he was openly supportive of Brown, T.O. explained that if the two receivers do have a conversation it will remain between them. 

“If I share anything with Antonio it will be in private,” Owens said. “Antonio is a good friend of mine it is unfortunate what is going on. I will say the guy is innocent until proven guilty just even with everything that has transpired with him. 

“Things keep coming out and by public opinion, they are automatically going to consider him guilty without due process. Other than that, that’s all I can say. That’s a friend of mine and anything and everything that happens with him I wish him well.” 

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It remains to be seen if the new 49ers Hall of Famer will be able to get through to Brown, but there might not be anyone better qualified than Owens.