49ers left tackle Trent Williams is trying to recover from his sprained ankle in time to take the field on Sunday against the Colts. The pressure could be on rookie lineman Jaylon Moore to take his place. Moore, a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft out of Western Michigan, has served as the Niners swing tackle all year but has only played 22 offensive snaps this season.
In 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel’s weekly media availability, he gave a ringing endorsement of Moore’s readiness if he is asked to take the bulk of snaps at left tackle this season.
“Oh, he’s ready to play NFL football. And what’s great about Jaylon is the human being is built to be a very good player in the NFL for a long time. What I mean by that is that the game is not too big for him. And he learns from things that happen. He was very productive. The reason why that is because anytime with offensive lineman, if you’re not talking about them, it’s probably a good thing. So, he’s very exciting to a lot of guys, including the rest of his position group, all the players, [T] Trent Williams, and all the guys. They really love the guy because they know he has what it takes to be a pro in this league and he keeps getting better. We didn’t have to do anything from a schematic standpoint that game, which is a huge plus as a rookie playing tackle. So, everyone’s very confident with him on the field in however many snaps he gets week in and week out.” -Mike McDaniel on Jaylon Moore
Moore received a 61.2 PFF grade when he filled in for Williams in Week 4 against the Seahawks. In contrast, Williams is the highest-ranked offensive tackle by PFF this season, receiving an elite 93.4 grade.