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49ers continue with C.J. Beathard at quarterback this Sunday against Seattle

Jimmy Garoppolo is still on hold, despite taking most of the bye week to learn the basics of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

On Wednesday afternoon, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that rookie C.J. Beathard will start this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, giving the third round draft pick another opportunity to lay claim to the quarterback position.

Garoppolo is in his 22nd day with the 49ers and the team might not feel he’s completely ready. Also, the 49ers might be taking the view that it’s Beathard’s job until he proves otherwise.

“C.J. played extremely well against the Giants, so that’s likely (he will start against Seattle),” general manager John Lynch said Tuesday. Now it’s a lock that Beathard will make his fourth straight start.

One key factor is that the offense continues to grow under Beathard, which is something Seattle coach Pete Carroll noticed watching 49ers’ film

“You can see Kyle (Shanahan) can do more stuff,” said Carroll, whose team will play the 49ers Sunday at Levi’s. “They are just expanding on their schemes. … It taxes us.”

Beathard is also coming off his best game in the win against the Giants. He completed 19 of 25 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a 123.4 passer rating.


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