The San Francisco 49ers were back at practice on Tuesday, and the media was on hand. It’s hard to take too much out of practice performance, but one thing that is interesting is how the team rotates players into the lineup. The coaching staff can mix and match players to see who can do what, and there is not a ton of pressure at this point. They’ll need some ideas when training camp arrives, but for now, they can mix and match to figure out useful combinations.
One area where the rotation is particularly interesting is the offensive line. The 49ers have Joe Staley locked in on the left side, but much of the rest of the line is in flux. The 49ers acquired center Jeremy Zuttah in a trade, and signed Garry Gilliam, Tim Barnes, and Brandon Fusco to short-term deals. They could compete for a whole host of positions. On Tuesday, we saw some of that, although we also saw some regulars in position.
Jennifer Chan was on hand for practice and tweeted out three versions of the first string offensive line, and two versions of the second string offensive line. Zuttah got the start at center, but aggravated a leg injury and left practice. Daniel Kilgore took over at center when he left.
Joshua Garnett took first string snaps at right guard, but also got some snaps at left guard. He played left guard throughout college, and then moved to right guard last year when he joined the 49ers. Kyle Shanahan said the team is getting him practice at both positions to see where he can be best situated.
Other than that, Zane Beadles appears to be the front-runner at left guard, although again, it is still early. Brandon Fusco got some guard work, while Tim Barnes would appear to be the third string center behind Zuttah and Kilgore.
The 49ers will likely continue rotating options throughout the remaining three weeks of the offseason workout program. Training camp is when things will likely really settle in. For now, here is a look at some of the lineups.
#49ers OL w 1s— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) May 23, 2017
Staley solid at LT
Beadles at LG
Zuttah started at C until injured then Kilgore in
Garnett rotating RG
Brown rotating RT
Another #49ers OL line up w 1s— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) May 23, 2017
#49ers 3rd look for OL w 1s— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) May 23, 2017
This was when Garnett worked at LG with the 2s.
One of the OL lineups w the 2s— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) May 23, 2017