If something were to happen to Kevin Riley in Saturday’s game, there’s no guarantee that it would be Brock Mansion replacing him.
Coach Jeff Tedford said Thursday night that the backup quarterback job is competitive and that it is being evaluated. He said Beau Sweeney has come on lately and is pushing Mansion for the No. 2 job.
“He’s throwing the ball well and has a great feel for the game,” Tedford said. “I think Beau’s progress — the learning curve has really increased. He’s really picked up on a lot of things and done a nice job in practice.”
Tedford said it’s nothing Mansion has done wrong. It’s just that Sweeney is playing well. When asked who the backup would be Saturday, he said “We have to talk about it.”
“Everybody does something well,” Tedford said. “But to make it fair, you always want to make it competitive. The evaluation process is important to make sure the competition is still there.”:
In injury news, left guard Matt Summers-Gavin returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday with flu-like symptoms. He appears to be good to go for the game. Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson, who missed Wednesday with tightness in his back, sat out again, and Tedford said Thompson now is “a little sick.”
As promised, Jahvid Best returned to practice in normal capacity and is fine. He appeared to be moving well near the end of practice.
It looks as though backup tight end Spencer Ladner will be out longer than expected with a strained knee. Tedford said it likely will be another three weeks, with the soonest he could return being after the bye week.