How 49ers' offensive line depth looks after recent veteran additions


How 49ers' offensive line depth looks after recent veteran additions

When the 49ers signed veteran guard Mike Person to a three-year contract extension a week before the start of the free-agent signing period, the club seemingly filled a draft need long before the draft.

The 49ers, it appeared, already had their starting offensive line for the 2019 season:
Left tackle – Joe Staley
Left guard – Laken Tomlinson
Center – Weston Richburg
Right guard – Mike Person
Right tackle – Mike McGlinchey

The 49ers kept nine offensive linemen on their 53-man roster last season. Seven of those players were among the 46 individuals allowed to suit up for regular-season games. The 49ers kept two other offensive linemen stashed away on the practice squad.

Currently, the 49ers have 11 players competing for those coveted backup spots after the additions the past two days of veteran center Wesley Johnson and guard Willie Beavers.

Here is a breakdown of the 49ers’ backup situation on the offensive line:

Returning backups

Joshua Garnett, guard – Former GM Trent Baalke traded up into the back end of the first round to select Garnett in the 2016 draft. Garnett started 11 games as a rookie with mixed results. He spent 2017 on injured reserve with a knee injury. Garnett (6-5, 305) appeared in seven games last year with no starts. The 49ers, as expected, declined the fifth-year option for the 2020 season. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Garnett could challenge Person for a starting job. He could also be dealt for a late-round draft pick, if that possibility arises.

Shon Coleman, tackle – The 49ers acquired Coleman just prior to the start of the 2018 regular season in a trade with Cleveland for a seventh-round draft pick. Coleman, a third-round draft pick in 2016, started all 16 games for the Browns in 2017. Coleman (6-foot-5, 310 pounds) was inactive for all 16 games last season with the 49ers, as Garry Gilliam served as the swing tackle behind Staley and McGlinchey. The 49ers cut Gilliam after the season, so Coleman now has the inside track as the team's primary backup at the tackle spots.

Erik Magnuson, center/guard – Magnuson won a roster spot as an undrafted rookie from Michigan in 2017. He has the versatility to play anywhere on the line, which a valuable commodity during the regular season. He started two games at tackle as a rookie, but was lost to a season-ending foot injury. Magnuson (6-4, 305) made one start at center last season, but never got into another game the rest of the season after a critical error on a bad snap late in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Veteran additions

Ben Garland, guard – He was a backup in 2016 with the Atlanta Falcons while Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Garland, 31, can play either of the guard spots and is a good run blocker. Garland (6-5, 308) appeared in 30 games the past two seasons in Atlanta with seven starts. The 49ers signed Garland shortly before the draft.

Wesley Johnson, center – Richburg underwent extensive surgery on his left knee and quadriceps early in the offseason. The 49ers hope Richburg will be ready for the start of training camp. Johnson, 28, has bounced around in his five-year career. In 2015 and ’16, he appeared in 31 games with 23 starts for the New York Jets. Last year, the Detroit Lions released Johnson (6-5, 309) before the start of the regular season. He hooked on with Miami in October as a backup after former 49ers center Daniel Kilgore sustained a season-ending torn triceps. He appeared in 10 games last season with no starts. The 49ers signed him this week to a one-year contract.

Willie Beavers, guard – The Chicago Bears waived Beavers (6-5, 324) as part of the moves to clear space for undrafted rookies. The 49ers on Monday claimed him. Beavers, 25, was a fourth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. He appeared in two games as a rookie, but has never again appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

Daniel Brunskill, tackle – After spending the past two seasons on the Falcons’ practice squad, Brunskill (6-5, 260) started eight games at tackle for the San Diego Fleet of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. The 49ers signed him last month, shortly after the AAF folded. He entered the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted rookie. He played his first three seasons at San Diego State as a tight end before converting to the offensive line as a senior. He has a lot of room to put on weight and get stronger.

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Rookie additions

Justin Skule, tackle – The 49ers invested a sixth-round pick in Skule, who was a durable, effective player during his time at Vanderbilt. He concluded his college career with 40 consecutive starts. Skule (6-6, 318) allowed just one sack last season in 473 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. That sack allowed came against national leader Josh Allen of Kentucky. Allen was the No. 7 overall pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Ross Reynolds, guard – He started just one season at Iowa and signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Reynolds (6-4, 295) went up against first-round draft pick Jeffrey Simmons of Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl. They were not matched up against each other often, but Simmons recorded a sack against Reynolds, who could also get practice time at center.

Practice squad

Najee Toran, guard – After joining the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from UCLA, he spent three weeks on the 53-man roster. He was active for one of those games but did not play. Toran (6-2, 305) began and finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad.

Christian DiLauro, tackle – DiLauro signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie last year from Illinois, where he had a streak of 31 consecutive starts. DiLauro (6-6, 300) spent the final 13 weeks of the season on the 49ers’ practice squad.

Richard Sherman thinks Darrelle Revis is trying to'stay 'relevant' with beef

Richard Sherman thinks Darrelle Revis is trying to'stay 'relevant' with beef

Just when you thought Richard Sherman was only screaming about trolls and Russian bots disrespecting him, Darrelle Revis got involved.

Revis took a Twitter jab at the 49ers cornerback Sunday after the 49ers' 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, calling him out for being scared to get beat in man-to-man coverage. The two went back and forth on Twitter and it led to some mind-numbingly stupid sports talk debate Monday morning.

Sherman addressed the beef in a Monday appearance on "The Rich Eisen Show."

"You're going to have to get an interview with him and talk to him about it," Sherman told Eisen. "I really got nothing for him, but he seems to have too much time on his hands or something. I think it's one of those where a guy who thinks more of himself than the world thinks of him, feels like I'm getting more credit than I deserve or something like that. Obviously, his stats don't match my stats so he's trying to find other ways to make himself relevant in the conversation."

Alright, can we talk about anything else now?

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Sherman sealed the 49ers' trip to Super Bowl LIV with a late-game interception, and now he must prepare to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami.

Revis surely will be on his couch watching.

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Why 49ers will hold normal practice week before going to Super Bowl 54

Why 49ers will hold normal practice week before going to Super Bowl 54

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Shanahan, his staff and the 49ers players are preparing this week as if there is a game on Sunday.

The only difference is the 49ers will have a day off on Saturday before traveling to Miami on Sunday for Super Bowl LIV, which will take place the following week on Feb. 2.

That is why Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will install their game plans and have a full week of practice at their team facility and study this week even though there is another full week before they face the Kansas City Chiefs  for the Lombardi Trophy.

“Once you get down there, it’s hectic,” Shanahan said on Monday, a day after the 49ers wrapped up a spot in the Super Bowl with a 37-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

The 49ers broke down film Monday and met with the players. They also had a meeting set up with players and staff to go over logistics, as well as the ticket situation for the Super Bowl.

After a day off on Tuesday, the preliminary game plan will be presented to the players. The 49ers will hold practices Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as part of their normal game-week routine.

“We try to do everything before (traveling),” Shanahan said. “We have the whole week when we get there, but we have different media obligations that get you out of your routine and everything. You don’t want to play catchup at the end of a Super Bowl week. You want to do that now.”

Shanahan said he learned from Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn three years ago that it was best to jump right back into work after the NFC Championship Game without taking any time to relax. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator on that staff.

The players will be expected to have a good grasp of the game plan, so when they continue preparations in Miami nothing will be unfamiliar.

“You have the time to work when you get out there, but there are a little more distractions,” Shanahan said.

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Once the 49ers arrive in Miami, Shanahan said there will be some adjustments to the plan devised to go against the Chiefs made based on what the coaching staff sees from the week of practices in Santa Clara.

“You do a lot of tinkering,” Shanahan said. “And you watch a lot of stuff, and it all depends on what you’re going against. But it’s also nice to get a trial run of the whole week, too.”

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