SANTA CLARA -- Trent Williams only has been at the 49ers facility for a short time but he already has stepped up as a leader.
Williams missed the entire 2019 season due to injury and conflict with the Washington Football Team, but the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle is not wasting time in Santa Clara. He quickly has jumped right into the mix, taking the lead with the younger offensive linemen.
Ben Garland spoke to the media Monday and shared how he has been impressed by Williams’ play as well as how helpful he has been to the younger members of the squad. He believes the veteran’s return to the field will be seamless.
“Trent is an incredible player,” Garland said. “Not only is he talented, explosive, fast and powerful, but he’s a good leader. He brings a lot of intangibles to our team that I think will really strengthen us.
“He’s already leading from the front, kind of grabbing some younger guys, teaching some techniques, and I think he’s really going to be a huge addition to our team.”
Versatility is key for the 49ers offensive line after Shon Coleman opted out of the 2020 season due to health reasons, and with Weston Richburg slowly working back after knee surgery. Daniel Brunskill has been focusing on getting better at each position, and Williams has been motivational.
“He’s a standup guy, he’s definitely a professional football player that’s for sure,” Brunskill said of Williams on Monday. “Everything he does, he’s got a professional way of going about himself. He’s a tremendous athlete. There’s times where he just makes these amazing plays.
“It’s just his work ethic. He’s one of the guys that’s downfield all the time. It’s a guy that you got to try to keep up with. There’s plays where he’s driving guys downfield and you’re like ‘Holy cow,’ you got to get down there.”
There has been a lot of talk about how Williams will make Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa a better player by facing him in practice each day. Brunskill believes Williams will be just as valuable to the offensive line room.
“He’s a great guy, a great leader and he’s definitely stepping up and showing us how to work.”