When Daniels was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he was projected to be a practice squad member due to an uphill battle at the quarterback position. Some thought his athleticism could earn him playing time at other positions. Instead, the rookie is at his natural position of quarterback on the 49ers 53-man roster.
"Coming in, it was a whirlwind, trying to learn a million different things,” Daniels said. “Coming in at first and having to compete at a position that I have never played against guys that have been playing it all their lives, that was tough."
He was able to feed off of motivation from not being invited to the senior bowl or scouting combine earlier in 2013. He only worked out at his Pro Day in South Florida as well as the regional combine in Dallas.
One of the bigger reasons as to why Daniels made the team was his quick adjustment to the 49ers style of offense. The coaches and staff tried playing him as a running back, wide receiver and return man but his original position of quarterback is what fit him best.
"Once I started getting more [snaps] at quarterback, I was able to be comfortable and do what I do: read defenses, deliver the ball and try to do whatever I can to help move the chains," Daniels said. "Once I [started looking at] the playbook, the things I’ve done all by myself were natural at the position. I’m just glad I had opportunity to show the abilities that I have been blessed with.”
Daniels excelled in the preseason where he completed 13 of 21 passing attempts with 178 passing yards and 3 touchdown passes. He showed a good sense of awareness and dual threat ability to scramble when needed.
Even though he made the roster, Daniels said his job isn't done as a football player. He wants to keep improving how he plays on the field.
"My first challenge is the same one I'm faced with every day," Daniels said. "I want to continue to learn and get better. I need to come with the same hunger and focus. to try and prove everyday that I'm here."