The Jaguars are expected to sign quarterback CJ Beathard per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The Jaguars hosted Beathard for a visit last week and apparently liked what they saw. Beathard has started 12 games in the NFL since being drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Standing 6'2" tall and weighing in at 215 pounds, Beathard won just two of his 12 starts for the 49ers, completing 58.6% of his passes with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Beathard started two games in 2020, completing 63.5% of his attempts, with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
Beathard played his college ball at Iowa, where he completed 58% of his passes for 5,562 yards with 40 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
The Jaguars are expected to draft Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in late April, so the addition of Beathard appears to be about shoring up the backup QB spot. The Jaguars already had Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton in the room.
There's been some speculation that Minshew could be traded, and that seems even more likely now, given the fact that teams don't carry four quarterbacks on the active roster and only sometimes keep three. It is possible that the Jaguars place Jake Luton on the practice squad, and keep two quality backups on the roster in Beathard and Minshew.
If it came down to a competition for the backup quarterback spot, Beathard would likely have the upper hand, given his size, experience, and ability to operate within the structure of a normal offense.
Either way, the main task for any backup quarterback in Jacksonville will be helping groom and aid incoming number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence.
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