SANTA CLARA – Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers debut will have to wait.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan plans to start C.J. Beathard at quarterback this Sunday when the 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks. Shanahan made the announcement Wednesday afternoon during his press conference.
“I don’t see it much different than the other weeks,” Shanahan said. “As always, we’ll see how practice goes, just like we would with any other position. But reps-wise and everything, we see it the same this week as it’s been.”
The 49ers held a bonus practice Monday at the end of their bye week, and Beathard and Garoppolo equally split reps with the first-team offense. But on Wednesday, the 49ers returned to their usual practice schedule. Beathard took between 70 and 80 percent of the first-team reps, and Garoppolo took the remaining 20 to 30 percent.
“I think that each week I’ve gotten better,” Beathard said in the 49ers locker room Wednesday afternoon. “At least I feel better about the offense and things I’ve learned from games and experiences.
“The biggest thing is the terminology. It’s easier to call the plays and envision them in my head and then go out and execute.”
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