49ers contingency plan No. 3: Go with on-roster options
This is essentially what San Francisco was forced to do in the immediate aftermath of Mike McGlinchey tearing his quad after just eight games played in 2022.
However, the chief replacement player the 49ers deployed once he suffered his injury was now-Denver Broncos swing tackle Tom Compton, who held his own in run support but was still a liability in pass protection.
The fact Compton was able to beat out younger options, such as Colton McKivitz and then-rookie Jaylon Moore, probably says more about the latter two than it does about Compton.
With Compton gone, the Niners have the following options to fill in at right tackle:
- Jaylon Moore
- Colton McKivitz
- Justin Skule
Skule, who missed 2021 with a torn ACL, has doubled in for McGlinchey in the past, so that might be an option. Same with right guard Daniel Brunskill bumping outside, provided San Francisco identifies a replacement inside.
This might be the route the 49ers take if McGlinchey isn’t expected to be absent for a terribly long time, perhaps four weeks or less to begin the year.