The San Francisco 49ers veterans return to Santa Clara in nine days for the start of training camp, which means they are wrapping up their own offseason workouts. We saw some video of Torrey Smith’s work (with his son), and now we’ve got some video of guard Andrew Tiller. In the video below, we see him doing various blocking drills in the sand. He starts with some pass protection, and then moves on to drills that focus on pulling and running screens.
Tiller impressed last year in the preseason, but was cut and signed to the practice squad. As it became clear right guard Jordan Devey was not any good, the team finally got Tiller in the mix starting in Week 5. They rotated Tiller and Devey for several weeks, but a month and half later, Tiller was formally in the starting lineup. He started at right guard through Week 14, and then moved to left guard when Alex Boone went on injured reserve.
The 49ers signed Zane Beadles as their only significant free agent addition, and traded into the first round to draft Joshua Garnett in April. While Tiller got a lot of work last season, it would seem the team is not looking at him as a starter in their further transition to a zone-blocking scheme. Beadles did not sign a monster long-term deal, but a three deal worth a little over $3 million a year is not chump change. That does not strike me as a deal where you think Tiller has a strong chance of taking his job. I could be wrong, and it could make for a fascinating training camp competition, but I’m just not seeing it at this point.