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Davis prevails, as do most fifth-round QBs

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' recent decision to release veteran quarterback Damon Huard, keeping rookie Nate Davis in the No. 3 role, comes as little surprise after Davis played well against the Cowboys in the third exhibition game.

NFL teams drafted 19 quarterbacks in the fifth round from the 2000 through 2008 drafts. All but one earned spots on opening-day rosters as rookies. The Steelers' Omar Jacobs was an exception in 2006, the year Ben Roethlisberger opened on the bench following a motorcycle accident.

Huard gave the 49ers an experienced backup with a winning record, but he wasn't going to play unless something happened to Shaun Hill and Alex Smith, or if both faltered badly. Without Huard, 36, the offensive players on the 49ers' roster go from 23rd-oldest to 29th-oldest among NFL teams.