It is done. C.J. Beathard is a starting quarterback in the National Football League.
We bring you this “Hawkeyes in the NFL” update every week, but never have I been more excited to write this piece than now. After months of following the Beathard saga in San Francisco and listening to some pundits suggest that C.J. could be this season’s Dak Prescott, the former Hawkeye quarterback was finally named the starting quarterback for the 49ers.
Now, the 2017 49ers are nowhere near as good as Dak’s 2016 Cowboys were at this point, but let’s give the kid a chance.
Here’s how Beathard and the rest of the former Hawkeyes fared over the weekend.
C.J. Beathard, STARTING QUARTERBACK, 49ers
After Brian Hoyer came out and stunk up the joint, Kyle Shanahan had seen enough. He plugged in Beathard with around six minutes to go in the first half with the 49ers down 14-0 to the Washington Redskins. C.J. proceeded to go 19-36 for 245 yards with a touchdown and one interception, nearly leading San Francisco to a comeback win.
Shortly after the 26-24 loss to the Redskins, it was announced that Beathard would keep the starting job.
Kyle Shanahan: C.J. Beathard will be the starting QB moving forward. pic.twitter.com/RszzoY00YU— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 15, 2017
George Kittle, C.J. BEATHARD’S TIGHT END ON THE 49ERS!!!
Kittle had another solid game for San Fran, hauling in four passes for 46 yards. He was targeted eight times.
Adrian Clayborn, Defensive Tackle Falcons
Clayborn had a quiet day, logging just a single tackle in Atlanta’s 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Mike Daniels, Defensive Tackle, Packers
Daniels joined Clayborn in the “quiet day club”, logging two tackles in Green Bay’s 23-10 loss to the Vikings.
Jaleel Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Vikings
Round out the “quiet day trifecta” for former Hawkeyes defensive tackles was Jaleel Johnson, who had one tackle in Minnesota’s win over Green Bay.
Christian Kirksey, Linebacker, Browns
Kirksey had another solid day in yet another loss for Cleveland. He was in on ten tackles and defended a pass in the 33-17 loss to the Houston Texans.
Desmond King, Defensive Back, Chargers
King helped the Chargers win their second-straight game, logging four tackles and return a kick for 20 yards.
A.J. Derby, Tight End, Broncos
Derby caught one pass for ten yards in Denver’s 23-10 loss to the Giants.
Karl Klug, Defensive Lineman, Titans
Klug got in on two tackles in Tennessee’s 36-22 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Vikings
Reiff was part of a stellar Viking offensive line unit on Sunday that didn’t allow a sack in Minnesota’s 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.