The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up another day of minicamp on Wednesday, and the offensive line rotation is showing no signs of slowing down. Yesterday, Trenton Brown got some work at first team right tackle, while John Theus got some second team right tackle work. On Wednesday, Chris Biderman discussed line changes for the day.
New to the first team offensive line today: Trent Brown at RT and Andrew Tiller at RG. Erik Pears and Brandon Thomas worked with the twos.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) June 8, 2016
I don't think this means we can mark down those changes as permanent going forward, but it is interesting to see the team mix it up a bit. Workouts pick up speed and physicality when the team returns for training camp, so from a learning perspective, this is a good time to swap players around.
The right guard position is going to be an interesting one. If Zane Beadles remains at left guard, eventually Joshua Garnett is going to take over at right guard. Garnett has been working with the third string unit, but should make some progress fairly quickly. Chip Kelly said that he hasn't really been noticed that much in his work thus far. That is a compliment because it means he has understood his assignments and not made glaring mistakes. It seems like only a matter of time into training camp before he is getting first team guard work. And that means Brandon Thomas and Andrew Tiller could very well be competing for a single roster spot.
As for the right tackle position, John Theus and Fahn Cooper are two names to watch, even as Trent Brown is getting first team work. I think the expectation for a lot of people has been that Brown would move into the starting role eventually. That first week and a half of training camp leading up to the first preseason game will be interesting to follow to see how this rotation is working out.