PHOENIX — While at the NFL owners meeting, Kyle Shanahan gave an update on two 49ers players who you may have forgotten about.
Neither defensive lineman Kentavius Street or offensive lineman Shon Coleman played a snap for the 49ers in 2018. But Shanahan hopes that will change, as both will participate in the offseason program.
Street, an NC State product, tore his ACL at his pro day but was still selected in the fourth round of the 2018 draft by the 49ers.
“It was good to get Kentavius out in practice, mostly for his own confidence.” Shanahan said. “It wasn't like we were trying to see how good he was or anything like that. We knew he was coming off a bad injury.”
During his rehabilitation Street was unable to run so he bulked up a bit. So much so that he earned the nickname “Baby Hulk” from his teammates.
“The guy was working out before the draft, it's unfortunate that could happen,” Shanahan said. “He dealt with it very well with us. He lifted a ton, sometimes too much. But that's what happens, even with Jimmy.”
Shanahan added that he was pleased to see Street practicing last December.
“He worked really hard to get back to where he could practice. I think that's a huge, mental thing for those guys. Then you've got to wait six months anticipating that first OTA. The fact that he got to (practice) a little bit, you knock that out, and now he's salivating to get back and can't wait to do it.”
There is a lot of depth on the defensive line, and the team maybe adding another member with the No. 2 overall pick. Where Street plays is still to be determined.
“That will be up to him,” Shanahan said. “He can play a number of spots. He played all over in college. He can play outside and be a 'big end' for us. He can also go inside. So we've got a lot of interchangeable guys there. And it will be up to them to sort it out."
As for Coleman, the 49ers traded a seventh-round pick in this years draft to Cleveland for him back in September. He spent the entire season on the 53-man roster but was inactive each game. Shanahan explained that missing OTAs played a major role in that decision.
“We brought Shon here right before the season started,” Shanahan said. “(That) is always tough because you don't get to go through an offseason of really studying and going through the reps of the offense.
“You've got to learn it on the fly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. And so he was kind of playing catch-up all year. I think it will be very good for him now to get here in Phase I and start at the beginning foundation of the offense and give him a legit chance to show us what he's capable of doing.”
Garry Gilliam previously was the team’s swing tackle but he was released during the offseason. Shanahan confirmed that Coleman could take over that role.
“He is right now,” Shanahan said. “But we're going to always try to bring in competition for everybody. Hopefully, he's pushing the guys in front of him. I'm not planning on making any changes there but that's how we look at everything.”