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49ers sign OT Bryce Harris, per report

The 49ers need OL depth, and Harris adds some.

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The San Francisco 49ers have begun the process of adding depth to their beleaguered offensive line. NFL reporter Aaron Wilson tweeted that the team has signed offensive tackle Bryce Harris.

The 49ers will be without left tackle Joe Staley for at least the next two weeks, and also lost right tackle Garry Gilliam for the season to a knee injury. Trenton Brown is the starting right tackle, but he suffered a concussion in Week 7, which cost him Week 8. The 49ers return to practice on Wednesday, and we’ll get a better handle on his status. Guards Zane Beadles and Erik Magnuson finished last week’s game as the starting tackles. It was not pretty.

Harris entered the NFL as a 2012 UDFA out of Fresno State, joining the Atlanta Falcons. He has appeared in 38 games, including four starts between 2012 and 2014. He spent those seasons primarily with the New Orleans Saints, and has since bounced around with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Saints again, and the Detroit Lions. The Lions signed him on October 18, and released him on October 26.

Harris stands 6’6 and weighs approximately 300 pounds. Back in 2012, here’s what an scouting report had to say about him:


Harris is quick off the ball. At the snap his history as a much lighter guy is evident, because he can get off quick or hit the floor fast when cutting in the quick-pass game. He is able to position himself well because of his hip mobility and footwork, and he has shown more nastiness toward the end of his career than he did early on while still learning the position. He has outstanding footwork and mobility for the position.


Harris had a history of playing soft, but he has dispelled most of that this year. He has a tough time getting an initial push on defenders and is not an explosive mover. He can run well, but when pulling he can seem uncoordinated in space at times. He has quick hands but is still developing his strength there.