Will 49ers keep three quarterbacks on 53-man roster?

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Carlos Avila Gonzales/The Chronicle

With San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh being the quarterback guru that he is, the question remains, how many quarterbacks will the 49ers retain on their 53-man roster? A team loaded with talent across the board, I believe the answer will be two.

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There is no question that QB Colin Kaepernick is the entrenched starter and QB Blaine Gabbert is the clear-cut No. 2 barring any foreseeable setbacks. Those are the two quarterbacks that will be on the 53-man roster. Just like last year when the 49ers struck a deal with the Cleveland Browns to land backup QB Colt McCoy, the same scenario has played out with the Jacksonville Jaguars this off-season. However, should Gabbert struggle in training camp and preseason, the door may open up for QB Josh Johnson.


Johnson who has strong ties to Harbaugh dating back to their days at USD, is an athletic dual-threat option that is intriguing, especially during the preseason. A quarterback that can improvise on the run while having the accuracy to make plays downfield, it will be a fun battle to watch as Johnson and Gabbert battle it out in training camp.

And what about the dark horse QB Kory Faulkner from Eastern Illinois? A big bodied quarterback that coach Harbaugh had high praise for as he said, “Feel really good about Kory. Feel really good about him as a person and a player. We like him.” A developmental prospect but one that will have the chance of making the practice squad if he can show enough promise throughout the process.

With the 49ers all but set at the quarterback position, it will be interesting to see how the position unfolds as anything can happen from now until September.

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