No. 2: Offensive Tackle Mike McGlinchey
Welcome to the NFL, kid.
Rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey sure had an eventful debut against the Vikings and their outstanding defensive front Sunday. And it’s safe to say his efforts weren’t exactly up to snuff for a top-10 NFL Draft pick.
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Sure, it’s game one for McGlinchey. Going up against Minnesota’s elite pass-rushers and run stoppers isn’t easy for veterans either. Neither was the fact the 49ers lost right guards Mike Person and Joshua Garnett to foot injuries, forcing McGlinchey to slide inside to guard while letting Garry Gilliam take over at right tackle.
McGlinchey had never played guard before, even at the collegiate level.
All that said, McGlinchey’s debut was less than stellar. He allowed three total pressures along with two quarterback hits (most on the team), all while posting a lowly 44.8 pass-blocking grade on the day, per Pro Football Focus.
In fairness to McGlinchey, the majority of San Francisco’s run- and pass-blocking efforts up front were sub par. But with a weaker defensive front seven in Detroit coming to town, McGlinchey and Co. will want to have a rebound game to ensure Kyle Shanahan’s offense is able to operate at full efficiency.