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Josh Dobbs amped to work with Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers coaching staff

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Josh Dobbs is redefining journeyman. Maybe the newest 49ers QB thinks it’s time to absorb from his newest team. And he can store away the moving boxes.

Dobbs signed with San Francisco in free agency this offseason. The former Tennessee Vol is now with his 10th team (including multiple stops with the Browns and Steelers). Last year was especially crazy. He started the offseason in Cleveland, then was traded to the Cardinals, who then sent him. to the Vikings. Dobbs looked terrific in some games. In others, he looked like a guy who didn’t know the playbook. In others, he watched from the bench.

But maybe, the 49ers are the right place for the one-time Steelers NFL Draft pick. He will be Brock Purdy‘s backup. Although he is five years older, with a bevy of different experiences, Dobbs believes he can learn from Purdy, who helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

“At the end of the day, he wins football games and he plays efficient football,” Dobbs told reporters. “That’s all you can ask for. So that’s what I’m most excited about, just being able to obviously provide my perspective on what I’ve learned throughout the league and be able to assume whatever role that looks like this upcoming year. But to be around that and that coaching and that type of player and that type of room and that consistency, I think it’d be really good for me. And I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to add and help the team with for this upcoming year.”

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Vikings, 49ers basically swap backup quarterbacks for 2024

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has Brandon Allen, a former Arkansas star, and Dobbs backing up Purdy, who is headed into his third season. And while Dobbs left the Vikings to sign with San Fran, Sam Darnold, the 49ers’ primary backup to Purdy last season, landed in Minnesota.

Dobbs played a decent amount of time last season. He started a dozen games, filling in for Kyler Murray at Arizona, then coming into Minnesota after Kirk Cousins ruptured his Achilles. He completed nearly 63 percent of his passes for 2,464 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

He also introduced himself in a special way to his new Vikings teammates when he signed with the team. He relieved injured QB Jaren Hall. And without having taken a snap in practice, he rallied the Vikings to a win over the Falcons.