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Kyle Shanahan ‘pleased’ with Laken Tomlinson’s Week 2 performance, progress

Laken Tomlinson’s mistakes against the Seahawks were minor and he’s likely got the starting job locked down.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Laken Tomlinson played well against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Tomlinson was acquired just a couple weeks prior to that game, and didn’t play in Week 1 due to his lack of familiarity with the system.

Tomlinson took part in 48 of 49 offensive snaps against the Seahawks. He allowed two hurries against the Seahawks, according to Pro Football Focus. He wasn’t perfect, but he was significantly better than Zane Beadles. Most importantly, his issues didn’t stem from missed assignments, always a concern in a new system.

“He did a good job,” Shanahan said of Tomlinson in a conference call on Monday. “I was definitely pleased with him. He didn’t have many mistakes from an assignment standpoint.”

Most of Tomlinson’s issues were technique-related, which is something that can be fixed as he learns Shanahan’s blocking scheme, something that’s different from what he ran with the Detroit Lions.

Tomlinson will probably never pan out to be the all-pro that the Lions expected when they invested heavily in him, but if he can become an average-to-above-average starting left guard for the 49ers, I think it’ll be an excellent move.

From his first game, I think there’s the potential for that. We’ll see how he performs against a very tough Los Angeles Rams defensive front.