No. 5: Offensive Tackles Justin Skule and Daniel Brunskill
Two players get lumped into the No. 5 best performance from San Francisco in Los Angeles.
The 49ers were playing shorthanded in Week 6, missing both starting tackles, Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, who were both out with injuries. These absences forced two backups, Justin Skule and Daniel Brunskill, into starting roles for the game.
Skule already started twice this season and accounted for himself well enough during that stretch. But on San Francisco’s opening offensive possession, the rookie sixth-round NFL Draft pick surrendered a sack to Rams All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
It wasn’t a good look at first. From that point onward, though, Skule’s name wasn’t mentioned.
Neither was Brunskill’s, as both tackles did more than enough to keep Jimmy Garoppolo protected. He was only sacked twice during the contest.
True, the Niners had some difficulty moving the ball on the ground early. With fullback Kyle Juszczyk also out with injury, it was going to be hard running the ball against a Rams defense, which was allowing just 3.8 yards per carry entering the contest.
While the 49ers were able to rush for 99 yards, churning out only 2.4 yards per carry, Skule and Brunskill were still instrumental in Kyle Shanahan not having to abandon the run early in the game.
Good job from these two.