Laken Tomlinson likely to have significant role against Seahawks


Laken Tomlinson likely to have significant role against Seahawks

SANTA CLARA – Laken Tomlinson spent his first regular-season Sunday with the 49ers as a spectator on the sideline.

The newly acquired guard, a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2015, was among the 49ers’ seven inactive players for the season opener on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

But Tomlinson is likely to have a significant role this weekend when the 49ers’ offensive line faces its most daunting task of any season – a trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks.

"I’m just out there doing everything coach asks me to do trying to do as much as I can with as much as they give me," said Tomlinson, whom the 49ers acquired on Aug. 31 from Detroit for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

Tomlinson could replace veteran Zane Beadles, who has struggled at left guard throughout training camp. Beadles, 30, had a rough opener against the Panthers, surrendering a game-turning sack-fumble in the first quarter.

Left tackle Joe Staley said Tomlinson has a frame (6 foot 3, 312 pounds) that reminds him of Mike Iupati. Tomlinson seems to be making quick strides to learn a new scheme.

"He’s come in very eager to learn and to pick up all that stuff," Staley said. “He’s not overwhelmed by anything. Coming from another team, he had excuses he could make, ‘Oh, I wasn’t here in training camp.’ He’s come here and is gung ho about picking up everything that he can.”

Said Tomlinson, “The scheme is a lot to learn, but I can handle it. I’m going out there and trying my best to exhibit that on the practice field.”

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”