So it’s not Josh Johnson that the 49ers will be bringing into camp to possibly be the rotating 3rd QB this year — it’s 34-year old veteran Daunte Culpepper. Jim Harbaugh confirmed yesterday that they will be trying out Culpepper today, after he spent the last year playing in the UFL.
After 18 blitzes this past weekend from the Saints to Alex Smith, Coach Harbaugh was forced to make the decision of someone who isn’t going to over react to a back situation coming at him, time and time again. While Culpepper hasn’t done much in the NFL in the past few year and the past few teams, and while he may not have anything left in the tank, he may still have more than what the 49ers do.
Neither of Alex Smith’s backups — Colin Kaepernick, a second-round draft pick out of Nevada, and Jeremiah Masoli, who was undrafted out of Mississippi, have experience with this sort of pressure in the NFL. Perhaps this is a change that they need, even if Daunte doesn’t end up taking a snap this season.