The San Francisco 49ers have two weeks left to make some decisions heading into the offseason, and we might get a chance to see at least one young player get some extra work. Offensive tackle Trenton Brown took over at right tackle on Sunday following Marcus Martin's concussion, and head coach Jim Tomsula said Brown will likely get more work to close out the season.
After Martin left the game, Erik Pears moved from right tackle to right guard, and Brown moved in at right tackle. Brown gave up one hurry on 33 pass snaps, and Pro Football Focus graded him out with a +2.2 pass blocking grade. We did not hear his name much once he went in, and that is always a good sign for offensive linemen.
Tomsula was pleased with what he did, while acknowledging he had to keep it clean in practice, and clean up some things in picking up blitzes. He said Brown will "probably" be in the mix the final two weeks. He said that how much Brown plays will depend in part on how Martin progresses through the concussion protocol.
If Martin does not make it through this week, I could see a couple different potential possibilities. One would be to start Brown at RT and Pears at RG, with no other adjustments. Another option would be to start Pears at RT, Ian Silberman at RG, and then rotate Pears between RT and RG, and get Brown some work. I would think the former option would be the most logical option, but given how this team has rotated players, anything could very well happen and I would not be surprised.