The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed former New Orleans Saints QB Seneca Wallace to a one-year deal. In an effort to create some much needed spark at the quarterback position, Wallace will be competing with QB Scott Tolzien, QB Colt McCoy, and QB B.J. Daniels for the backup quarterback position. Originally a 2003 fourth-round draft pick (No. 110) of the Seattle Seahawks, Wallace brings a career quarterback rating of 81.3 to San Francisco. In seven seasons, Wallace registered 31 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, and 4,808 passing yards. Having played for only two teams prior to joining the Niners, as he also played for the Cleveland Browns under Eric Mangini, I can’t help but wonder if “Man-genius,” vouched for his former quarterback.
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So what exactly does Wallace bring to the table? Another versatile athlete that can also play wide receiver. That’s right, Wallace played some wide receiver during his NFL career, and has a 17.7 yards per catch to show for it. Will offensive coordinator Greg Roman use this to his advantage? Time will tell. While with the Seahawks, then head coach Mike Holmgren used him in a variety of roles during the 2007 season, and I expect G-Ro to do the same. The possibilities are endless. If defenses choose to stack the box, then use Wallace on an end-around, with the option to throw (one on one) on the outside. I don’t want to get ahead of myself but adding Wallace will surely make the other backup quarterbacks cringe (except Daniels), as they do not possess the athleticism, experience, or versatility to compete.
To make room for Wallace, the team released WR Ricardo Lockette. A prediction I made just two days ago, in predicting the 53-man roster (screen-shot above), we wish him the best as he’s a very talented receiver.
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