49ers training camp: 3 players who’ll shine early in 2020

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Trent Williams, Washington Redskins
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No. 1: A fresh start with a familiar coach will help Trent Williams succeed with 49ers.

It’s not often we talk about the big guys who protect the quarterback. But in the case of offensive lineman Trent Williams, there’s enough hype for him to exceed expectations.

To jog your memory from April, the 49ers acquired Williams from Washington in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2020 draft and a third-round pick in 2021. All the while, longtime 49er Joe Staley announced his retirement.

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The offensive line went from great to elite with Williams in the fold. Nicknamed “Silverback” and his massive 6-foot-5, 320-pound frame is the whole package for San Francisco. He can pass block and run block. He can hold the rush off for seconds and send guys back 5 yards with one push.

Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked 36 times last year. If the 49ers want another shot at a Super Bowl run, they need to cut down the number of times their quarterback is on the ground.

Williams is a much-needed blindside blocker.

Williams will feel right at home with Kyle Shanahan being his coach again, stemming from their previous time together in Washingon. It’ll be a fresh start for the Oklahoma product and he should give the team his best performed early and often.

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Training camp will be a bit different this season. But the goal for these players remains the same: another Super Bowl run.