C.J. Beathard Reading Room

49ers' rookie from Iowa gets 1st NFL start Sunday, vs. Cowboys

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The University of Iowa having a former quarterback who is throwing passes in the NFL is something different, so let’s take a look at what people are writing about the San Francisco 49ers’ C.J. Beathard as he is about to make his first NFL start this weekend.

Click on the links to see the full versions of what these people wrote.

Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com has a story Iowa fans that’s quite familiar to Iowa fans, which is Beathard’s roots in football and country music.

Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury-News on 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan saying “He’s got the ability to do it. I think he’s got the mental toughness to do it,”

Cam Inman of the Mercury-News noted Beathard’s first NFL pass came in a stadium in which his grandfather is among those whose names are on the Redskins’ Wall of Honor.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote this: “The book on C.J. Beathard is he’s one tough guy. Which he showed in the 26-24 loss at Washington. But he showed much more, enough that he’s got at least one more start next Sunday against Dallas.”

For football film junkies, James Brady of Niners Nation takes a look at Beathards’ first drive as the Niners’ quarterback.

At DallasCowboys.com, scout Bryan Broddus gives his views on what he sees in Beathard. There are plusses and minuses. “His accuracy on the move isn’t great, and he tends to play slow footed.

“His drop mechanics still need work. Feet and body position are not stable. He might have had some nerves in the Redskins game? He did nothing quickly in college, but he appears to be playing with more urgency in the NFL.”

But Broaddus adds “I wasn’t sure how clutch he was in college, but he gave his club a chance to win after replacing Brian Hoyer last week. You could see that his teammates elevated their games when he came into the lineup.”

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