49ers' Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson building chemistry from afar

49ers' Trent Williams, Laken Tomlinson building chemistry from afar

Laken Tomlinson, the man who will most closely work with recently acquired 49ers left tackle Trent Williams, couldn’t be more excited to get things rolling with his new teammate.

There has been a changing of the guard in Santa Clara. After 13 seasons with the team, 12 of which were spent holding down 49ers quarterbacks' blind side, Joe Staley announced his retirement from the NFL last month. The 49ers might not skip a beat, though, with Williams coming into the fold to provide protection for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Tomlinson, who is signed through the 2021 season, will be a huge part of making the transition with Williams as seamless as possible. He spent the last three seasons starting all but one game at left guard for the 49ers.

“I think he’s a hell of a ballplayer,” Tomlinson said of Williams on Friday. “Having someone like that being a part of the line, I think it’s going to be really, really good for us. You know he has ‘X’ amount of Pro Bowls, and I think that having that player to play the left tackle position, that’s going to be fantastic.”

Building chemistry with Willams isn't something that concerns Tomlinson. Even though team facilities remain closed, Tomlinson says the process already has begun through the team video meetings that have taken the place of normal offseason programs.

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Tomlinson, like most players in the NFL, can't wait to get back on the field. But for now, he knows remote team meetings will have to do.

“Just getting the reps together, I’m sure that will come,” Tomlinson said. “The more that we talk to each other, the more — it’s just everything, guys having good chemistry. Having these Zoom meetings, get to see everybody’s face, talk to each other. I think that’s just where it starts.

“Started with talking with each other, being on the same page and thinking the same things. When it comes to working with somebody new, especially on the offensive line, you got to have that.”

Unlike on the defensive line, where rotation is a way of life, the offensive line thrives on consistency. Tomlinson, while he will miss Staley, knows the athleticism that Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle, brings to the table.

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“I really can’t wait to get back on the field and get back around the guys,” Tomlinson said. “The offensive line, I think is one of the closer-knit groups for a football team, and when those guys are together all the time, it just makes the unit that much stronger.

“I’m looking forward to that. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to that as well, and we’re all excited to have Trent as part of the team.”

49ers' Raheem Mostert sets goal to prove he's 'a bad mo-fo' this season

49ers' Raheem Mostert sets goal to prove he's 'a bad mo-fo' this season

Raheem Mostert, a player who has zero starts in his 50-game NFL career, has no problem referring to himself as a starting running back.

Actually, he proved to be more of a finisher last season.

Mostert finished the regular season as the 49ers' leading rusher. And as he enters his third training camp with the 49ers, he said he has one simple goal.

“When I step onto that field,” Mostert said, “I want everybody to say, ‘That’s a bad mo-fo.’”

Everybody was saying that in January, when Mostert produced the mother of all games in the NFC Championship Game. He had the biggest day from a running back in franchise history when he gained 220 yards with four touchdowns in the 49ers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers to send the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

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Mostert saw NFL regular-season action with four different teams before finishing the 2016 season with the 49ers. In his first three years, he had a total of eight rushing attempts. He finally earned a chance in 2018 and gained 261 yards on 34 attempts.

Last season, he broke out from being considered solely a special-teams ace. Mostert gained a team-leading 772 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 attempts.

In the offseason, he worked on getting his body prepared for the rigors of an increased workload by improving his strength and body mass. Mostert figures to be the headliner of a group of running backs that includes Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson.

“I've got to prepare myself because I am the starting running back,” said Mostert, who agreed to a reworked contract that added incentives to his deal to pay him accordingly if he again leads the team in rushing.

Mostert later clarified that he projects himself as a starter just as 49ers running backs coach Bobby Turner believes the team’s depth chart at running back is full of starting-caliber players.

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But, actually, Mostert’s next starting assignment will be his first. He said he is not too concerned whether he is on the field for the first snap of the game.

“Truthfully, it doesn’t make any difference,” Mostert said. “I got to have that mindset that I am the starter, but when it comes down to it, we have five, six different starters in our room.

“I do feel I’m the starter. (That’s) no dig to anyone in the room. We’re all brothers and that’s our approach.”

Seahawks claim D.J. Reed day after 49ers waived injured defensive back

Seahawks claim D.J. Reed day after 49ers waived injured defensive back

The 49ers took a gamble Tuesday when the club placed defensive back D.J. Reed on waivers.

One day later, the Seattle Seahawks pounced.

The Seahawks claimed Reed off waivers. He goes on the active/non-football injury list due to a torn pectoral sustained during an offseason workout.

General manager John Lynch said this week the decision was made to effectively end Reed’s season with the 49ers because the club anticipated his return no earlier than November. Lynch said the team did not want to devote a roster spot to a player who might not be available to play until December.

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While Reed currently counts against the Seahawks’ roster, he will open the season on reserve/non-football injury. He will be ineligible for the first six weeks of the season, but could return to contribute later in the season.

Reed, a Bakersfield native who attended college at Kansas, was a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2018.

He appeared in 31 regular-season games and all three postseason games during his time with the club. He started two games as a rookie and is capable of playing cornerback, nickel back and safety.

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After registering 41 tackles and a sack as a rookie, Reed saw limited action last season with 13 tackles. He was one of the team's core special-teams players. Reed scored a touchdown on a 5-yard fumble return on kickoff coverage after a botched lateral on the final play of the 49ers’ 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 17.

Reed becomes the fourth former 49ers player on the Seahawks, joining running back Carlos Hyde, guard Mike Iupati and fullback Nick Bellore.