Nate Davis took a major step backward in his quest to e...

Nate Davis took a major step backward in his quest to earn the 49ers' backup quarterback job.

Davis' statistics certainly were not eye-popping. But his production alone was nothing to eliminate him from consideration for a job promotion. Instead, Davis did not fulfill the unseen requirements of the most important position on the field.

Davis completed 7 of 16 passing attempts for 114 yards in the 49ers' 15-10 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. The 49ers scored field goals on two of Davis' first three drives after entering the game at the start of the second half.

But it is clear that coach Mike Singletary considers Davis nowhere near ready to compete for the backup job behind starter Alex Smith.

"I don't think he's put himself in a position to really compete," Singletary said. "I think right now he's competing with himself. I really do.

"I really like the kid. There's a lot to like about him, But there is a work ethic that's involved in terms of being a quarterback in the NFL and he's got to get it. It's as simple as that."

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