SANTA CLARA – Nick Bosa might be in the best position of anyone on the 49ers to offer quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo some comforting words.
The 49ers are five practices into training camp. And Bosa, who proved to be one of the most disruptive defensive players in the game as a rookie, has not applied a whole lot of pressure to Garoppolo’s blindside.
Bosa put a little bit of heat on Garoppolo on one pass play during practice Thursday, prompting Garoppolo to step up in the pocket and deliver a pass. Bosa has also stuffed some run plays in the backfield.
But, for the most part, veteran left tackle Trent Williams is winning those one-on-one battles.
Williams, who sat out all of last season with Washington before coming to the 49ers in an April trade, has been the most-impressive player on the team's practice field this summer.
“It definitely seems like he’s feeling great and playing really well,” Bosa said. “I’m definitely confident in Jimmy’s left side. Not that the rest of the O-line isn’t great, but having Trent is going to be a huge, huge help for him.”
After the first padded practice of camp on Monday, Bosa and Garoppolo were seen engaged in a brief chat during which Garoppolo had a big smile and Bosa appeared to be shaking his head almost in disbelief.
Williams’ combination of size, strength, agility and technique forms a complete package in an offensive tackle the likes of which Bosa has never before witnessed.
One of the biggest long-term concerns with the 49ers was how the organization would eventually replace All-Decade left tackle Joe Staley. He informed the team in the days leading up to the draft that he would retire after 13 NFL seasons.
It appears as if the 49ers do not have anything to worry about for at least another year, as Williams enters the final year of his deal.
Bosa is glad he does not have to face Williams in a game. He is happy they are on the same team, and he has been free to share his thoughts on that subject with Garoppolo.
“I’ve definitely told him he’s going to have some time on the left side,” Bosa said. “Jimmy’s been spoiled with Joe and now Trent. So it doesn’t get much better.”