SANTA CLARA -- Josh Johnson, whose 110.8 passer rating in the preseason was far higher than that of any other 49ers quarterback, has made the team’s initial roster, multiple sources confirmed today. The 49ers had to reach the 53-man limit by 1 p.m.
Johnson presumably is behind No. 2 quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the depth chart. Gabbert finished with a 54 passer rating and also suffered a blow to his throwing shoulder in Thursday’s preseason finale. The 49ers have yet to announce their final cuts.
Jim Harbaugh hinted on Thursday that the 49ers might keep three quarterbacks, saying that’s what the team has done in the past. Last year, however, they kept two quarterbacks on the active roster, Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy, and one on the practice squad, McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Johnson also outplayed his quarterback competition, Scott Tolzien, during the 2012 preseason. In the end, however, Tolzien won the job of No. 3 quarterback and Johnson was cut.
Johnson played for Harbaugh at the University of San Diego.