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August 22, 2013
49ers sign QB Seneca Wallace; cut WR Ricardo Lockette

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The 49ers now have five quarterbacks on their roster after signing former Seahawks and Browns passer Seneca Wallace to a one-year deal today. Wallace was cut by the Saints earlier this week and worked out for the 49ers yesterday. To make room, the team cut receiver Ricardo Lockette, a housemate of Colin Kaepernick's and Kaepernick's best friend on the team.

Wallace (Cordova High School, Sacramento City College) last played in 2011 with Cleveland. He originally was a fourth-round pick by Seattle. In 2010, he was traded to the Browns and served as current 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy's backup in 2010 and 2011. Eric Mangini, whom the 49ers hired as a consultant in the offseason, was the Browns' head coach when they traded for Wallace.

Neither McCoy nor Scott Tolzien has played well in the first two preseason games, prompting coach Jim Harbaugh to increase rookie B.J. Daniels' snap count in practice this week.

Harbaugh said McCoy will continue to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Colin Kaepernick on Sunday against Minnesota but has indicated Daniels will enter the game earlier than he did Friday in Kansas City.

Playing mostly against the Chiefs' reserve defense, Daniels finished 6 for 9 for 72 yards and a touchdown and had a 128 passer rating. McCoy threw an interception, while Tolzien nearly threw two. McCoy has a 25.3 passer rating through two preseason games. Tolzien's is 56.9.

Harbaugh noted Wednesday that McCoy is learning a new offense this year. "It's definitely a factor," Harbaugh said. "... He's working at it very hard, it means a lot to him and it does to us, too. We're coaching him up the best we can and we'll keep striving for improvement each day."

Lockette, meanwhile, was a track star in college and semingly had all the measurables -- speed and size -- to make an impact at the 49ers' wide-open receiver position this offseason. He also spent the full offseason training with Kaepernick, his housemate in Santa Clara.

However, he had too few catches in practices and doesn't have a reception through two preseason games. The 49ers also would like to see more of newcomer receivers Jon Baldwin, Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins in the final two preseason contests. Lockette is eligible for the practice squad, which is where he spent most of last season.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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