By Ed Baylor: The San Francisco 49ers have been working on plans of using their explosive 7th round draft choice quarterback B.J. Daniels in the backfield as a running back when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is playing in practices. What this means is the 49ers would have two quarterbacks on the field at the same time if they decide to use Daniels in this capacity in 2013.
The 49ers drafted the Russell Wilson-like B.J. Daniels to play quarterback, and that’s obviously going to be his main role on the team as their potential 3rd stringer if he can beat out Scott Tolzien for that spot. However, the 49ers recognize Daniels’s wide range of talents such as running the ball, catching the ball and running receiver routes, so they plan on trying to use him in a variety of ways by putting him in at running back, wide receiver, punt returner, kick returner as well possibly at quarterback. Daniels is a read option type of quarterback and he fits in perfectly with the kinds of things that Kaepernick does at quarterback.
Unfortunately for Daniels, Kaepernick is a huge talent and the Niners can’t use both Daniels and Kaepernick at the same time – or can they? In looking at the practice video at Niner Nation, you can see that the 49ers are using Daniels as a running back in misdirection plays where he could either get the ball to run, be used as a decoy or possibly get the ball from Kaepernick and scramble behind the line of scrimmage to find a wide receiver.
This isn’t like what you see when a running attempts to throw a pass. Daniels can actually, as that’s the position he played at Southern Florida in 4 years with the team and he’s got a strong arm and he can throw long passes better down field.
Daniels is short at 5’11” 217 lbs., but he’s stocky and sturdy enough to play running back or be used as running quarterback for the Niners. Daniels is currently behind quarterback Colt McCoy in the depth chart going into training camp and preseason, but this all could change if Daniels shines and shows off his passing and running ability.
It is kind of revolutionary the idea of the 49ers using two quarterbacks on offense at the same time with Kaepernick and Daniels, and it’s going to be interesting to see how many times this season the 49ers bring Daniels in to play running back or wide receiver this season to take advantage of his speed and ability to pass the ball from one of those positions.