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49ers Make Official Decision on QB3 Spot

Devon Platana
The San Francisco 49ers have officially made their decision regarding their QB3 spot.
The San Francisco 49ers have officially made their decision regarding their QB3 spot. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Francisco 49ers' quarterback room has been one of their main focal points this NFL offseason. Trey Lance is currently expected to be the starter while Jimmy Garoppolo assumes the backup role after restructuring his contract on Monday.

With Lance and Garoppolo in their respective roles, the QB3 spot was left wide open. That's no longer the case, as NBC Sports' Matt Maiocco reports that rookie Brock Purdy will be San Francisco's third-strong QB after waiving Nate Sudfeld to help meet the 53-man roster requirements.

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Although Sudfeld has more NFL experience, it was hard to deny Purdy after a solid preseason where he completed 30 passes for 346 yards with a touchdown and an interception. In fact, Maiocco added in a later tweet that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan even considered the rookie for the backup role.

One thing that the 49ers love is a quarterback that can move his feet. While Purdy only racked up 14 rushing yards on 10 preseason carries, he showed that he isn't afraid to be mobile, compared to Sudfeld, who only rushed the ball twice in August.

Even if it's unlikely that Purdy will see any playing time this fall, never say never. After all, Lance hasn't played a full football season in a couple of years, while Garoppolo has had far from a clean bill of health over the years. Maybe the stars can align, leading to the former Iowa State product making an appearance.

Purdy has done a great job at grabbing every opportunity since earning the moniker of "Mr. Irrelevant" after being the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. It remains to be seen how much of a future he'll have in the Bay Area, though, if Lance winds up succeeding as the franchise QB.

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