Sakamoto: 49ers QB Thad Lewis ACL Injury Opens Door For Jeff Driskel To Take Lion Share Snaps



No player wants to see a teammate go down to injury. Whether fighting for playing time or competing for a roster spot, no player wishes ill will on another. Nonetheless in the game of football injuries happen, and San Francisco 49ers QB Thad Lewis is no exception.

The 4th-year player out of Duke University, will miss the 2016 season due to a left ACL tear. An injury that occurred in the third-quarter of the Houston Texans game, Lewis will now start the rehabbing process, as the team nurses him back to health.

“Thad [Lewis] has torn his ACL, so he will be out for the season,” 49ers HC Chip Kelly told beat writers this afternoon. “I think it was on the last play he got tackled on. He was kind of scrambling out of there and got hit. He actually didn’t think he was hurt that bad,” Kelly said. 

Lewis, who had a sub-par showing in his preseason debut, by completing 12 of 21 passes for 97 yards, was in the running to win the No. 3 quarterback job. However, that is no longer in the cards, leaving the door open for rookie QB Jeff Driskel to get the lion share of the backup snaps.

The rookie sixth-round pick (No. 207), who many considered to have all the NFL intangibles to thrive, will now get more chances to prove them right, despite almost going undrafted. A quarterback with the mobility, pocket presence, and short-to-intermediate passing game on lockdown- Driskel will now be counted on to win the backup job, especially if QB Colin Kaepernick is a no-go to start the season.

In Driskel’s NFL preseason debut, he completed 4 of 12 passes for 20 yards. The x-factor was his legs as Driskel finished as the team’s second leading rusher by racking up 61 yards on five carries.

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