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49ers practice squad: John Fullington latest to join the 10-man squad

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly signed offensive lineman John Fullington to their practice squad. We break down the implications for the offensive line.


Fooch's update: Confirmed by agent

The San Francisco 49ers continue to fill up their practice squad. The 49ers announced the first seven players on Sunday, and now Eric Branch is reporting they have officially signed an eighth player. Branch is reporting the 49ers signed offensive lineman John Fullington. Matt Barrows tweeted that Fullington played primarily at guard through camp, but he can also play tackle.

Fullington was a 3-year starter at Washington State, and I have only found a couple scouting reports on him (Draft InsiderCBS Sports). It sounds like strength is an area he needs to work on, but with the 49ers practice squad, he will certainly get opportunities to learn.

Once this move is officially announced, Fullington will be the second offensive lineman on the practice squad, joining offensive tackle Carter Bykowski. The 49ers are expected to welcome back Alex Boone this week. When he joins the team, they will need to make a roster move. One option is to activate him on Tuesday, and correspondingly place Glenn Dorsey on the injured reserve list with a return designation.

The other option would be releasing offensive lineman Dillon Farrell, who could end up on the practice squad, if he cleared waivers. However, the rookie can play all five positions and obviously impressed the coaching staff, so it would not surprise me to see him stick on the roster. The return of Alex Boone means Joe Looney will become the primary backup at the two guard positions, and could very well be the backup at center. I could see Farrell being a game-day inactive, and only active if an offensive lineman gets injured and cannot return for the next game.