The San Francisco 49ers acquired offensive guard Laken Tomlinson in a trade at the end of training camp, as they looked to shore up their interior line depth. Tomlinson was inactive in Week 1, but he has a better shot of being available this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media and was asked if they had decided on any changes this week to the offensive line. Shanahan said they would evaluate the line all three days of practice before making any decisions. He did say that Tomlinson would get more work this week than he did last week.
Tomlinson has a new playbook and blocking scheme to learn, so it was no surprise he was inactive the first game of the season. Zane Beadles and Brandon Fusco started at left and right guard, respectively, and it was not pretty. Beadles in particular was a turnstile at left guard, and it was a big reason the 49ers offense could not get going with any kind of consistency.
It seems safe to say Tomlinson will be in the lineup sooner rather than later. I don’t know how much of an upgrade he’ll be, but it’s hard to think he can perform worse than Beadles did against the Carolina Panthers.