The San Francisco 49ers continue to search for warm bodies to help them fill out their 46-man game-day roster. Eric Branch is reporting the team worked out offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb. The team returns to practice on Tuesday, which means any additional injury-related signings will likely happen during the day.
Webb has mostly played tackle during his career, but the last two years he has gotten some guard work with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. By the end of Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers offensive line was as follows:
LT John Theus
LG Andrew Tiller
C Zane Beadles
RG Joshua Garnett
RT Trenton Brown
Center Marcus Martin suffered an ankle injury that resulted in left tackle Zane Beadles (in at LT because of Joe Staley’s hamstring injury) moved to center for the first time in his career. If Martin is unable to go this week, Alex Balducci will be the only healthy interior lineman on the roster.
My early guess if Martin does not play would be Balducci starts at center and Beadles is back at left tackle. Balducci has been working at center since the offseason, and while it does require developing some chemistry with Colin Kaepernick in short order, he still has experience learning the protection schemes and other issues a center has to deal with on a regular basis. Beadles seems very capable of handling that, even if it is not the greatest performance, so he could still end up starting. If he starts at center, rookie John Theus would likely get his first start at left tackle.