SF 49ers Waiver Target No. 2: Offensive Lineman Ross Pierschbacher
It’s not flashy. But the 49ers would be wise to consider landing some interior offensive line depth between now and Week 1.
This is namely due to injuries the Niners have suffered along the O-line, namely between centers Weston Richburg (knee) and Ben Garland (ankle). Richburg will start the year on the physically unable-to-perform list and will be out for at least six weeks. Garland, whose injury took place in training camp, is expected to be on the regular-season roster to begin the year. But his availability for Week 1 remains up in the year.
The injuries have forced Kyle Shanahan to tweak the inside of his O-line, moving presumed starting right guard Daniel Brunskill over to center and inserting reserve lineman Tom Compton into a likely starting role.
Results in training camp weren’t particularly great.
The Washington Football Team waived second-year center Ross Pierschbacher with roster cuts. Pierschbacher, Washington’s fifth-round pick out of Alabama in the 2019 NFL Draft, has good movement skills and seems to be a solid fit in a zone-style blocking system.
While it would take a little bit of time for him to acclimate to Shanahan’s complex system, Pierschbacher could at least alleviate some of the depth concerns San Francisco has until this unit is totally healthy.