SANTA CLARA – There will be no shakeup when it comes to the 49ers' quarterback rotation Sunday against the Broncos, Jim Harbaugh said Friday. Blaine Gabbert will be the second quarterback to enter the game, just as he was in the preseason opener in Baltimore.
“Very pleased with the job Blaine Gabbert's doing,” Harbaugh said.
Gabbert completed only three of his 11 pass attempts last week against the Ravens, threw an interception on an underthrown pass and left the game with a 1.7 passer rating.
Asked after the game whether the No. 2 quarterback job was up grabs, Harbaugh said, “I think on our team there are some spots up for grabs in the backup, in the depth area.”
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On Friday Harbaugh said he had been speaking broadly about the roster not the quarterback position. And he threw his support to Gabbert, whom the 49ers acquired in a trade this offseason and who will make $2 million this year whether he's on the team or not.
“He had a couple of very good throws,” Harbaugh said. “He missed a couple, as we said right after the game. It was a good first step, and he’s continuing to compete well. I thought he did in the game and continued to do that in the process of the preseason and training camp. Feel good about the way he’s coming along.”
Josh Johnson was the third quarterback in the game, finishing 6-8 for 63 yards and a 97.4 passer rating. None of the backups, including the fourth player in, McLeod Bethel Thompson, engineered a scoring drive.
Harbaugh said the plan going into Sunday's game will be the same as it was against the Ravens. Colin Kaepernick and the starting offense drove for a field goal on the opening possession and were on the sideline from that point forth.