Manuel, Allen Join 49ers’ QB Auditions

The 49ers are doing their homework in their search for a backup quarterback. More names continue to surface as Kyle Shanahan‘s coaching staff examines how they’ll go about organizing their post-Jimmy Garoppolo passer depth chart.

E.J. Manuel and Kyle Allen worked out for the 49ers on Tuesday, NFL reporter Howard Balzer tweets. This brings the total of San Francisco signal-caller auditions to seven. Tom Savage, T.J. Yates, Matt Simms, Landry Jones, Kellen Clemens, Manuel and Allen comprise the list so far.

San Francisco already promoted quarterback Nick Mullens from its practice squad, and Shanahan said C.J. Beathard will be his starter following Garoppolo’s season-ending ACL tear. But the team appears focused on adding a veteran passer. Shanahan also said Colin Kaepernick will not be considered, due to the longtime 49ers starter not being a good fit for his offense.

Manuel could not make the Raiders’ 53-man roster and has not come close to justifying his former No. 16 overall draft status. However, he was on an NFL roster from 2013-17 and has made 18 career starts. He’s only 58 percent career passer (with just 5.8 yards per attempt) and has a 20-to-16 career TD pass-to-INT ratio.

Allen worked out for the Patriots, Raiders and Redskins this month. The Houston product was a Panthers practice squad cog before the team released him from its 10-man unit earlier in September.

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6 comments on “Manuel, Allen Join 49ers’ QB Auditions

  1. theking24

    Ok now they’re bringing in some random people off the street who is Kyle Allen?

    • strosguy

      Kyle Allen has a cannon of a arm but and a huge but he needs a great offensive line and after he left A&M for Houston started to have accuracy issues.

  2. Polish Hammer

    Shanahan said he’d rather have colon cancer than Colin Kaepernick…

  3. Ironman_4life

    I did not know your able to work out for other teams while on a teams practice squad.

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