For the second time on Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers waived an offensive lineman. This time, it was offensive tackle Willie Beavers. The team also signed RB Brandon Wilds. Beavers was the “next man up” at swing tackle when Shon Coleman went down with an injury during the first week of the preseason. Beavers played 67 snaps Week 1. In the past two weeks, he’s played a total of 13 snaps. Beavers was originally claimed off waivers by the 49ers from the Chicago Bears on May 3, 2019.
Wilds (6-0, 220) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 6, 2016. He was waived/injured by Atlanta on September 3, 2016, and then signed to the New York Jets practice squad on September 26, 2016. On December 7, 2016, he was promoted to the Jets active roster where he appeared in four games and registered ten carries for 27 yards in addition to two receptions for 20 yards. Wilds was waived by the Jets on July 27, 2017, claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on July 28, 2017, and was later placed on the Injured Reserve List on September 3, 2017. He was then waived by the Browns on September 12, 2017, and was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad on October 10, 2017, where he spent the remainder of the season.
Wilds signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Jaguars on January 22, 2018. He began the season on the team’s practice squad and was later promoted to the active roster on September 15, 2018, where he saw action in three games and registered six carries for 15 yards before being waived on October 9, 2018. Wilds was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad on October 15, 2018, where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with Arizona on December 31, 2018, he was waived by the team on May 13, 2019. Wilds signed with the 49ers on August 10, 2019, and was waived by the team on August 21.
A 26-year-old native of Blythewood, SC, Wilds attended the University of South Carolina where he appeared in 41 games (20 starts) and registered 379 carries for 1,844 yards and 13 touchdowns in addition to 59 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns.