Report: 49ers back Beathard, expect him to ‘be productive’

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) during a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9.Photo Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

"He’s not Garoppolo, but I think he’ll be productive.”

The San Francisco 49ers are content with playing C.J. Beathard as opposed to signing or trading for a high-profile quarterback, according to a published report Sunday.

ESPN reported that the 49ers plan to go with Beathard because they don’t see a better solution in the wake of Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury. The team expects Beathard to “be productive.”

Beathard appeared in seven games as a rookie last season, completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 1,430 yards. He also had four touchdown passes and six interceptions.

Per ESPN sources, the 49ers believe that Beathard is “better than last year.”

“He’s got a whole offseason (in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system),” the source told ESPN. “I think there will be a night and day difference. He’s not Garoppolo, but I think he’ll be productive.”

Garoppolo won all five starts to wrap up 2017 and was the biggest source for the lofty expectations in the Bay Area. Those good feelings came to an end last weekend after he sustained a torn ACL in a 38-27 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beathard’s lone attempted pass last week went for an apparent touchdown, only to see it negated by penalty.

The 49ers face the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

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