49ers roster: 5 players who should be in Kyle Shanahan’s doghouse
By Peter Panacy
No. 3: 49ers Offensive Guard Aaron Banks
One thing about Kyle Shanahan, he’s not overly concerned about where a player is drafted. No, the best-performing player will play.
And that’s essentially why the Niners’ second-round pick of this year’s NFL Draft, offensive guard Aaron Banks, won’t unseat Daniel Brunskill at right guard anytime soon.
Banks struggled in training camp. While it might be fair to point out Banks is more of a power mover than a zone-style lineman, thereby needing some adjustments in his transition to the NFL, Round 2 picks are usually expected to provide at least some decent contributions right out of the gate.
The former Notre Dame product’s NFL debut in preseason Week 1 got off to a whimper before Banks suffered a shoulder injury that’ll likely keep him out until the regular season begins. What’s more striking is Pro Football Focus giving the rookie a 0.0 pass-blocking grade for that exhibition opener.
Yes, it’s fair to question exactly how PFF reached that conclusion. But nevertheless, it’s also fair to suggest Banks didn’t exactly wow in his pro debut.
Now, having to deal with the injury, Banks’ maturation is going to be stunted. And that’s another element Shanahan has called out with players before.