Zane Beadles

49ers release veteran offensive lineman

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49ers release veteran offensive lineman

The 49ers released guard Zane Beadles, the team announced on Monday.

The 31-year old signed with San Francisco back in March 2016.

He started all 16 games during his first season with the 49ers, and made five starts last year (one at left guard and four at right tackle).

“Zane is a consummate professional and has represented our organization with exceptional class,” GM John Lynch said in a statement. “He is an unselfish guy who stepped up in a big way for our team last year and we can’t thank him enough for all his contributions to the organization and our community.

"Zane is just the kind of player and person we would always be open to welcoming back down the road, but releasing him now provides ample opportunity to find the right situation with his next team. We wish him and his family all the best as he moves forward in his career.”

As of now -- Laken Tomlinson, Joshua Garnett, Jonathan Cooper and Erik Magnuson will compete for the two starting guard positions.

Injury-riddled 49ers ready to 'bring on the challenge' as playoff spoilers

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Injury-riddled 49ers ready to 'bring on the challenge' as playoff spoilers

With Trent Brown being shut down for the remainder of the season, the 49ers have now used the injured reserve list 21 times this season. Kyle Shanahan has seen how the rash of injuries has affected his team’s development.

“You get better when the same guys play week-in and week-out. When a group of guys struggle together, if that same group is out there the next week, they have a chance to improve,” Shanahan said from the podium at his Friday media session. “I think we went through a span where it seemed each week there was a different guy here and there. I think that kind of put us on hold for a little bit. But I feel this last month or so the continuity has been a lot better. I feel that’s why we’ve gotten a little better each week. The more you can keep those same people playing next to each other, the more it helps.”

With Brown out, Zane Beadles will start for the second straight game. He’s taken snaps at all of the positions on the offensive line throughout practices this season. But he’s picking up the nuances of right tackle working in the same position for most of the last two weeks.

“The biggest thing is in pass protection you have to get depth. On the inside everything happens on the line of scrimmage. Those guys are responsible for the depth of the pocket,” Beadles explained. “At tackle, you gotta get off the ball. Those guys are flying up the field. You have a lot more space to cover. It’s a little different mentality, a little bit different physical demands, so it’s just working on those things through out the week and getting comfortable with it.”

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney gave Beadles plenty of attention last week, and Beadles expects more of the same from the Titans.

“Bring on the challenge. That’s the way this league is,” Beadles said. “You’re going to get challenged until you prove you can get the job done.”

That also applies to whatever player is pulled up from practice squad. Cornerbacks Ahkello Witherspoon (knee) and Greg Mabin (calf) are questionable for Sunday’s game, and Shanahan is likely to make a move by Saturday’s 1 p.m. deadline.

The 49ers last three games are against teams still in the postseason picture, and they expect a playoff atmosphere for each of them starting on Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo is making his first start at Levi’s against a Titans team battling for the lead in the AFC South. Whatever setbacks the team has experienced through injuries this season, Shanahan sees these final three games as the biggest opportunity for its growth.

“They are going to feel an intensity from these teams, especially Tennessee on Sunday, that’s probably a little more intense than what they’ve felt from other teams throughout this year. I expect us to be the exact same way and learn from that,” Shanahan said.

“Our goal, and what we expect, is to be in that situation next year. I’d like that not to be our first time in that situation. I don’t see why our team can’t treat these three games like we’re playing for our playoff lives, too.”

Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

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Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

SEATTLE – The 49ers have made a change to their offensive line for the team’s game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Laken Tomlinson is in, and Zane Beadles is out.

And the 49ers will also have the services of free safety Jimmie Ward for the first time this season. Ward will be in uniform after missing all of training camp and the first regular-season game with a hamstring injury. The 49ers deactivated rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome. Jaquiski Tartt started at free safety for the 49ers in Week 1.

Tomlinson, acquired Aug. 31 in a trade with the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, will suit up for the first time as a member of the 49ers and start at left guard, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beadles entered the day with 108 consecutive starts, ranking as the No. 2 current streak among guards in the NFL behind Atlanta’s Andy Levitre, who has 129 consecutive starts.

Beadles, 30, has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, in which he has started 111 of the 113 games in which he appeared. Beadles, who struggled throughout training after taking over for Joshua Garnett, surrendered a sack-fumble in the 49ers’ opener against the Carolina Panthers. Garnett is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.

Beadles is active for the game and will serve as a backup at both guard positions and center.

Tomlinson will start at left guard against the Seahawks – just as he did in the Lions’ 26-6 season-ending loss in the NFC wild-card round in January. Tomlinson played all 55 snaps against Seattle.

He graded out as the Lions’ top pass-blocker on the offensive line in that game, allowing just two quarterback hurries in 39 pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tomlinson, 25, a third-year pro, will make his 25th career start after the Lions selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft with the No. 28 overall pick.

Pass-rusher Aaron Lynch, who was not active for the 49ers’ season opener last week, will be in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers inactives
WR Kendrick Bourne
CB Ahkello Witherspooon
DB Lorenzo Jerome
LB Pita Taumoepenu
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
DL Xavier Cooper