Why 49ers O-lineman Daniel Brunskill is confident ahead of Rams game

Why 49ers O-lineman Daniel Brunskill is confident ahead of Rams game

Daniel Brunskill has made a believer out of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who for a while knew the backup offensive lineman by only his uniform number.

“I’m glad I was able to make an impression,” said Brunskill who will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams in place of injured right tackle Mike McGlinchey. “I was glad I was able to make him learn my name.

“I don’t care that he didn’t know me before. That’s understandable. He believes in me now, and that’s awesome.”

Brunskill is an understated first-year player who spent the past two seasons on the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad. The 49ers signed him immediately following an April workout at the conclusion of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football season. He played for the San Diego Fleet and gained valuable experience against a higher level of competition.

Before embarking on his professional football career, Brunskill did not receive any college offers as a tight end. He was a walk-on at San Diego State, and eventually earned a scholarship entering his fourth year of college before his redshirt junior season.

What kind of tight end was he?

“A blocking tight end,” he deadpanned.

He caught 15 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns for the Aztecs in 2014 and ’15 before converting to the offensive line. He played at 270 pounds during his senior season and has put on another 30 pounds to play in the NFL.

Shanahan compares Brunskill to Justin Skule, a sixth-round draft pick who will make his third consecutive start at left tackle in place of Staley. Shanahan believes the assignment is something both young players can handle. Brunskill won a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster after displaying his versatility to play every position on the offensive line, including center.

“When guys get thrown into these roles, not just the media eyes are all on them, but teammates’ eyes are all on them, too,” Shanahan said. “They know how big of a deal it is, they know someone is doing something for the first time.

“When a guy does that and looks the same as he has every other day, that is encouraging. The moment won’t be too big. He’ll go out there, he’ll have some good plays, some bad plays and, hopefully, we can string more good than bad.”

Brunskill said he enters the game against the Rams with a lot of confidence because he knows Shanahan will not ask him to do anything that he will be unable to accomplish. The 49ers (4-0) lead the NFC West over Seattle (4-1) and the Rams (3-2).

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“I believe in Kyle. He’s a great coach. He puts you in great situations,” Brunskill said. “I believe in this team, my brothers around me. They are great guys. They’re always there to protect you. It’s about believing in each other. It’s a family here. Everybody believes in each other.

“Kyle’s not going to put us in situations to look bad. He’s putting us out there to win. He’s going to put us in good situations to play well. I think it’ll be all right.”

Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks


Ravens' John Harbaugh reacts to 49ers' Tim Ryan's Lamar Jackson remarks

49ers broadcaster Tim Ryan was suspended for one game after comments made about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson following Sunday’s loss.

“He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with the dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see the thing,” Ryan said on the show (H/T The San Francisco Chronicle).

The comments created a social media firestorm, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn’t interested in furthering the controversy.

“I don’t really know too much about it or understand the context of it. It’s not relevant to what we’re trying to accomplish right now,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

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Former 49ers defensive end Dennis Brown will replace Ryan on Sunday’s broadcast in New Orleans.

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

49ers injury report: Marcell Harris to start in place of Jaquiski Tartt

BRADENTON, Fla. – Marcell Harris on Sunday will be back where he ended his rookie season with the 49ers.

Harris will take over as the 49ers’ starter at strong safety with Jaquiski Tartt out for at least one game after sustaining cracked ribs in the team’s 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

Tartt and backup defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (elbow) have been ruled out for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Two of the 49ers’ seldom-used wide receivers, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, are listed as questionable, along with left tackle Joe Staley. Goodwin has knee and foot issues, according to the team, while Pettis has already missed one game with a knee injury.

Staley has missed three games after surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger. He is expected to play Sunday.

All other 49ers players, including Dee Ford and Richard Sherman, will be available for Sunday’s game.

Harris started the final five games of his rookie season after being a sixth-round draft pick from Florida in 2018. He did not earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster at the beginning of this season. Harris was promoted from the practice squad in October and has appeared in nine games this season.

“I’m real happy for Marcell,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on "49ers Game Plan," which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “He’s gone come a long way, in that he was a very good college player, tore his Achilles his senior year, which really hurt him. That’s why we were able to get him in the draft. It affected him his whole rookie year.

"He’s been able to string together about eight months where he has been healthy, and when you’re made of the right stuff, you have the talent and you can stay healthy, you usually just need the time.”

Harris took over for Tartt on Sunday and made one of the top plays in the game when he took the ball away from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on a running play to create a turnover.

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49ers injury report

S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs)
DT Jullian Taylor (elbow)

WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot)
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
T Joe Staley (finger)