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How Pro Football Focus sees 49ers’ tackle Garry Gilliam

We’re going over the Pro Football Focus free agency guide, and seeing what they have to say about 49ers tackle Garry Gilliam.

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I’ve got my hand on the incredible extensive free agency guide from the folks at Pro Football Focus, and we’re going to make our way through the 49ers’ pending free agents, and perhaps some targets as well, looking at what PFF had to say about them overall. Today, we look at offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, who is no longer a pending free agent after signing a two-year contract extension on Tuesday.

We’ll be talking about Gilliam’s contract numbers in length — or maybe we already have, I’m not sure when this post is going live. Suffice to say it will be covered in that post, but as far as PFF goes, they projected his best fit as the Atlanta Falcons and projected his annual guarantees at $900,000 to $1.1 million.

Gilliam played on 38 offensive snaps this past season, along with 26 special teams snaps. He was injured and lost for the season in his first start replacing Trent Brown, who was out with a concussion at the time. Gilliam participated in 25 pass-blocking snaps, with one quarterback hit and one quarterback hurry allowed.

That’s not a whole lot to go on. Their overall grade for him was a 68.5, including a 69.7 in pass blocking and 69.0 in run blocking. His most playing time came in 2015, when he played 1,015 snaps, 582 of which were pass-blocking snaos. He allowed 43 hurries, 10 quarterback hits and five sacks that year.

In 2016, he fared better for the most part, playing in 771 snaps, 491 of which were pass-blocking snaps. He allowed two sacks, six quarterback hits and 35 hurries. His stats have never been stellar, but he’s been a mostly dependable blocker throughout his career and seems to be a valuable swing tackle.

His contract, again, will be discussed more at length but I think it’s safe to say he’s earning more than you’d expect due to Trent Brown’s injury and the fact that Brown’s contract is up after next season.

All credit to PFF for tracking the useful stats, so use the link above if you want to see more.

Previous PFF free agency guide articles: RB Carlos Hyde, CB Dontae Johnson, DE Tank Carradine, DE Aaron Lynch, LB Brock Coyle