Scott Tolzien has never played an NFL snap and it’s best for the San Francisco 49ers if he’s never forced into such a role. With Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy comfortably manning the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterback spots, injuries would have to cut this roster deep for Tolzien to be called upon.
The undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2011 also gives San Fran more of a statuesque-passer vibe, which very well may endanger his role as the QB3 option on a team that requires mobility from its starting quarterback. Perhaps Tolzien fits well as the cerebral director of the practice squad offense, but the younger, dual-threat rookie out of South Florida is threatening Tolzien’s spot on the depth chart.
“There’s an interesting dynamic to the 49ers’ recent practices. Scott Tolzien and B.J. Daniels presumably are competing for the same spot on the team, that of No. 3 quarterback,” the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows wrote from Niners camp. “Daniels, however, also was one of Tolzien’s pass-catching targets Wednesday afternoon. The former South Florida quarterback spent a lot of time lined up as a tailback and often was Tolzien’s check-down target during seven-on-seven drills. Daniels caught at least four passes out of the backfield Wednesday, the second day of the team’s minicamp.
“Daniels also had one of the more exciting plays at quarterback. Practicing the goal-line offense, he found no one open and started sprinting to his right. At the last moment possible, he fired a pass to the near corner of the end zone to receiver Ricardo Lockette, who was able to dig it off the grass for the touchdown in front of cornerback Tramaine Brock.”
I’m not sure whether or not Jim Harbaugh plans on carrying three quarterbacks on his active roster, but it makes sense to develop Daniels even with Tolzien remaining on the practice squad. Tolzien’s a nice head to have around, but even if San Fran’s reaching for their third-stringer due to injury, they won’t want a statue pegged into their offensive scheme.