The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive tackle Pace Murphy to the practice squad, the team announced on Monday. Murphy is a second-year player who appeared in two games with the Los Angeles Rams a season ago. He signed with them as an undrafted free agent and was waived by the team as part of preseason roster cuts.
San Francisco will play the Rams in Week 3, so this seems like a move to get some intel though, to be fair, the offensive line is still a pretty significant issue at this point. They recently parted was with tackle John Theus, a Trent Baalke draftee, leaving Gary Gilliam as the swing tackle on the active roster.
They had room on the practice squad due to the recent promotion of cornerback Asa Jackson, who took the roster of spot of Keith Reaser, another Baalke draftee who was waived.
Pace played college ball at Northwestern State and made 31 career starts on the offensive line. The NFL.com scouting report references good agility and upper body strength, but called him flatfooted and suggested he shouldn’t be playing tackle in the NFL:
BOTTOM LINE Murphy in an effort-based linemen who uses serviceable lateral agility and decent power at the point of attack to man his position. Murphy will need to prove he can play with the leverage and anchor necessary for a move inside and will likely have to find his way into a camp as an undrafted free agent.
With the 49ers briefly having former Carolina Panthers Ben Boulware on the practice squad and now Murphy, it’s starting to look like they’re using the spot to gather intel.