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49ers rookie C.J. Beathard expected to make first career start next week

The San Francisco 49ers suffered their sixth straight loss of the season on Sunday, falling to the Washington Redskins on the road, 26-24. The playoffs are virtually out of reach for the 0-6 Niners, and their fans have less motivation to watch their games other than to focus on rebuilding. But, if there’s someone who’ll still get them interested, it could be rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.

After an impressive showing in the loss to Washington, Beathard appears to have won the team’s starting quarterback role moving forward, per Joe Fann of 49es.com.

Even so, Shanahan said he’d seen enough of Beathard to confirm that the rookie will be the 49ers starting quarterback moving forward.

“C.J. had a good week of practice,” Shanahan said. “He’s put two good weeks together. Going in, I knew if it went like that then I’d have to make the move to give us a chance to win.”

Beathard will make his first-career start in Week 7 when the 49ers return home to host the Dallas Cowboys.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan put Beathard in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest in D.C., benching the ineffective Brian Hoyer. Beathard seized the opportunity, throwing for 245 yards on 19-of-36 attempts, adding a touchdown and an interception in the process.

With the playoff completely out of the equation, it wouldn’t hurt them to see what can they get with Beathard under center. Beathard was taken in the third round of this year’s NFL Draft by San Francisco after spending four years play for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Beathard is set to make his first career NFL start next Sunday in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys.