C.J. Beathard

Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback #3
Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback #3

C.J. Beathard News

Activated off reserve/COVID-19 list

Beathard was activated off of the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: The quarterback was placed on the COVID list Friday, which forced him to miss the Jaguars' season finale victory over the Colts. Beathard signed a two-year contract with the Jaguars in the offseason, appearing in two games as Trevor Lawrence's primary backup.

Jan 13, 2022 2:42 PM EST

Sent to COVID list

The Jaguars placed Beathard (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Beathard will need to fully clear the league's health and safety protocols before returning to team facilities, which puts his status in doubt for Sunday's season finale against Indianapolis. If Beathard is unavailable Week 18, practice squad signal-caller Danny Etling will stand to bump to the active roster and operate as the top backup to Trevor Lawrence.

Jan 7, 2022 7:44 AM EST

Entrenched as top backup

Beathard completed five of 10 passes for 86 yards and an interception during Sunday's preseason win against Dallas.

Analysis: It was a poor showing for Beathard on Sunday, but his role as Trevor Lawrence's top backup was already secured after Gardner Minshew was traded to the Eagles on Saturday. Overall Beathard played well between the three exhibition contests, completing 27 of 40 pass attempts for 309 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. The 27-year-old is a solid backup option at quarterback, though things will have obviously gone wrong for the Jaguars if he's seeing any significant playing time in 2021.

Aug 30, 2021 5:55 AM EST

Another strong showing

Beathard completed nine of 14 pass attempts for 121 yards and two touchdowns during Monday's preseason game against the Saints.

Analysis: Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew continue to operate as Jacksonville's top-two quarterbacks, but Beathard has played well in the No. 3 role. He completed 13 of 16 pass attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown during the preseason opener last week. The veteran signal-caller is doing his best so far in the preseason to show the Jaguars he's fit to be the top backup.

Aug 24, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Brought off COVID list

The Jaguars activated Beathard from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Beathard missed less than a week of practice while progressing through the league's COVID-19 protocols. He can now resume working as Jacksonville's third quarterback, behind Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew.

Aug 6, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Lands on COVID list

Beathard (undisclosed) was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: It's unclear whether Beathard tested positive for the virus or was deemed a close contact, but he'll be unavailable until he clears the COVID protocols regardless. Jake Luton should work as Jacksonville's No. 3 quarterback in the meantime.

Aug 2, 2021 5:20 PM EST

Signs with Jags

Beathard is signing a two-year, $5 million contract with the Jaguars, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Jags now have Beathard, Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton on their roster, with Trevor Lawrence likely on tap in the 2021 NFL Draft. A Minshew trade could happen first, though the Jags aren't facing any real pressure from a cap/salary perspective. Beathard went 2-10 as a starter in his four years with the 49ers, completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 7.0 YPA, with 18 passing TDs, four rushing TDs and 13 INTs.

Mar 24, 2021 11:16 AM EST

Starts two games in 2020

Beathard appeared in six games (two starts) with the 49ers in 2020, completing 66 of 104 pass attempts for 787 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also lost three fumbles and logged six carries for 28 yards.

Analysis: Beathard played like an efficient game manager when called upon by the 49ers, and he led the team to a win over the Cardinals in Week 16 before closing out the year with a narrow 26-23 loss to the Seahawks in Week 17. Now set to become an unrestricted free agent, Beathard should have displayed enough competence during his San Francisco tenure to compete for a backup role elsewhere in the league.

Jan 21, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Manages 49ers to victory

Beathard completed 13 of 22 pass attempts for 182 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a Week 16 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Beathard was content to check down for much of the game and targeted his tight ends and backs on 17 of his attempts. Even so, he passed for three touchdowns of 21, nine and one yard -- two of which went to Kyle Juszczyk. Beathard played relatively mistake-free -- his only turnover came on a lost fumble -- and he is likely to draw another start in Week 17 against the Seahawks.

Dec 26, 2020 5:54 PM EST

Named as starting QB

Beathard was named the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Nick Mullens will require season-ending elbow surgery, opening the door for Beathard to make his 11th career start and his first of the season. Beathard entered the game in Mullens' place during last week's loss to the Cowboys, and he completed five of seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown, a stat line that's slightly skewed by a 49-yard Hail Mary conversion in the fourth quarter. Over 17 career games, Beathard sports a 1-9 record with a 57.8 completion percentage and 6.9 yards per target. He'll take the field without running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) or wideout Deebo Samuel (hamstring), but George Kittle (foot) has a chance to return this week, according to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press.

Dec 22, 2020 11:34 AM EST

Climbs depth chart due to injury

Beathard will be the backup to Nick Mullens for at least the next six weeks, as Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will miss at least that long due to a high-ankle sprain, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Mullens will get first crack at filling in for Garoppolo, starting with Thursday's game against Green Bay. Beathard will wait in the wings should Mullens struggle, but considering Beathard has usurped Mullens as Garoppolo's backup as recently as earlier this season, the window is wide open for the Iowa product to get another shot under center if things start to go south for San Francisco's offense.

Nov 2, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Likely reverting to backup role

Beathard is expected to be the backup quarterback Sunday versus the Rams with Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) reclaiming starting duties, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports.

Analysis: Garoppolo was benched during this past Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, as he performed poorly and the game quickly got out of hand. Beathard entered in his place and completed nine of 18 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Garoppolo is still dealing with an ankle injury, and that could've played a role in his disappointing outing, but coach Kyle Shanahan has no plans to bench him. Beathard has proven himself as the clear No. 2 quarterback ahead of Nick Mullens, so he'll be the next man up in case things go off the rails again Sunday.

Oct 13, 2020 11:29 AM EST

Takes over as starter mid-game

Beathard filled in for a struggling Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) in the second half of Sunday's 43-17 loss to Miami. He completed 9 of 18 pass attempts for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Beathard has had to relieve a different struggling quarterback ahead of him on the depth chart for the second consecutive week. Unlike last week's late comeback attempt against the Eagles, the backup had a more pedestrian outing when given a full half to operate. Garoppolo clearly did not look right early on, and his injured ankle may have had a big part in why he performed so poorly. It would be a surprising turn of events if an official change was made with both players being healthy, so we have to assume the job is still Garoppolo's after one ugly start.

Oct 12, 2020 12:07 PM EST

Rises to second on depth chart

Beathard will serve as the 49ers' backup quarterback in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is slated to return from a two-game absence to reclaim starting duties Week 5, but Beathard showed enough in relief of a struggling Nick Mullens in the 49ers' Week 4 loss to the Eagles to move up a rung on the depth chart. Making his second straight start, Mullens committed three turnovers against Philadelphia before being pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of Beathard, who proceeded to complete 14 of 19 attempts for 138 yards. Now that he's dropped behind Garoppolo and Beathard in the pecking order, Mullens will likely be inactive against the Dolphins.

Oct 9, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Takes over mid-game

Beathard entered Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Eagles and completed 14 of 19 pass attempts for 138 yards.

Analysis: Sunday's starter (and primary backup) Nick Mullens struggled with turnovers in the second half and was benched for Beathard late in the fourth quarter. The third-string quarterback orchestrated two no-huddle drives that concluded with a Hail-Mary heave that would have clinched the victory had it not fallen incomplete. Beathard entered the contest with a 57 completion percentage and a 12:13 TD:INT ratio, but those stats came back in 2017-2018 when the 49ers had a far inferior offensive line and fewer playmakers. Head coach Kyle Shanahan will have an important decision to make regarding who starts under center against the Dolphins on Sunday, and that's assuming Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) isn't ready to return from injury.

Oct 5, 2020 12:22 AM EST

Clear No. 3 option

Beathard will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Jets, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Sunday will mark the second consecutive game that Beathard will be inactive this season, signalling he's the clear third option on the depth chart. It's unlikely that the Iowa product will make an impact from a fantasy perspective, barring injuries, and Nick Mullens will continue to serve as the team's back up behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Sep 20, 2020 8:38 AM EST

Finishes third on depth chart

Beathard did not see the field while serving as the 49ers' third-string quarterback in 2019.

Analysis: San Francisco -- in unorthodox fashion -- decided to keep three quarterbacks on its 53-man roster after the team was unable to trade backups Nick Mullens and Beathard during the preseason. This move showed the confidence the coaching staff has in the 26-year-old's abilities as a signal caller. Beathard's 57.3 completion percentage and 12:13 TD:INT ratio came in less-than-ideal conditions, but he has shown to have accuracy on shorter pass attempts with some athleticism as a runner when called upon. Both he and Mullens can be kept around on affordable contracts for 2020, so it will be interesting to see if the team decides to run with three quarterbacks again following a healthy season from starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Feb 24, 2020 9:08 PM EST

Not playing Monday

Beathard is inactive for Monday's tilt against the Browns.

Analysis: Beathard is a healthy scratch with Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens both ready to go. Barring an injury to either of those two signal-callers, Beathard lacks a clear path to fantasy relevance this season.

Oct 7, 2019 4:01 PM EST

Stays on roster as third QB

Beathard survived the final roster cuts Saturday, but he will begin the year as third on the quarterback depth chart behind Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: It was a bit surprising that the 49ers actually kept three quarterbacks on the active roster, but it was not surprise that Mullens beat Beathard for the primary backup job based on their usage this preseason and their results last year. Beathard will likely be one of seven inactives on game days this season, and it would take injuries to both quarterbacks ahead of him in order to even sniff fantasy relevance this year.

Sep 2, 2019 11:47 PM EST

Healthy scratch Saturday

Beathard was not used in Saturday's dress rehearsal preseason game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Beathard was not listed on the injury report, so Saturday's absence heavily signifies that Nick Mullens will be Jimmy Garoppolo's primary backup to begin the regular season. That said, head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that the 49ers will unconventionally keep all three of its signal callers this season, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. The possibility remains that one of the NFL-capable backups is traded before the season (potentially to Indianapolis following Andrew Luck's sudden retirement).

Aug 25, 2019 8:11 PM EST

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