SANTA CLARA — On Wednesday, Kyle Shanahan said he sees definite improvement in C.J. Beathard. One play in particular showed Beathard’s growth from last season to now.
It wasn’t the 82-yard touchdown pass to tight end George Kittle Beathard threw against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Beathard threw an 83-yard touchdown pass last season. And it wasn’t the heroic four-and-a-half-yard scramble on third-and-five. That’s when Beathard got the wind knocked out of him and almost left the game. He made tough runs last season, too.
Beathard’s most impressive play was a modest 13-yard pass over the middle. But the degree of difficulty was off the charts. Beathard threw the pass while taking a vicious hit. “I don’t know if I would have been able to get that (pass) out last year,” Beathard said.
Here’s what happened on Sunday.