ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the San Francisco 49ers are hosting offensive tackle Sam Young on Tuesday. This news is expected, as Joe Staley will miss up to two months with a broken left fibula. On Monday, Kyle Shanahan said he expects rookie Justin Skule to start at left tackle against the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3. Shanahan also mentioned how the team wants to get Daniel Brunskill some practice reps this week as well. I thought Brunskill outplayed Skule in the preseason comfortably, but the 49ers are going to roll with the 2019 sixth-round pick.
Good luck finding starting-caliber linemen that are free agents in September. That doesn’t happen often. The 49ers head coach acknowledged that there wasn’t much to choose from:
“We would love to if there were options. You look at anything that’s possible. I don’t think there’s a ton of great options out there that are possible.”
If the team does feel like Young is the answer, that means they would have to decide to either place Staley on the injured reserve list, with the designation to return. If they do that, Staley will have to miss a minimum of eight weeks before he can return. That’s one way to create a roster spot unless the Niners plan on waiving a healthy player and keep the window open for Staley to return sooner. Expect the 49ers to work out a couple of tackles this week.