49ers training camp loser No. 4: Offensive lineman Justin Skule
In fairness to fourth-year pro offensive lineman Justin Skule, he might be a bit rusty after tearing his ACL a year ago last offseason and only getting back on the field again for offseason workouts during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.
Earlier this spring, the Niners appeared to want Skule to win the swing-tackle role behind starters Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey, as Skule worked with both first- and second-team units during those sessions.
However, in camp, Skule appears to be falling behind in what’s a provocative battle to round out the depth chart.
Considering few of the other fill-in linemen on San Francisco’s roster have looked great going up against first- and second-string defenders, Skule not setting himself apart from the rest of the back is a bad, bad thing.
The 49ers also started rookie lineman Spencer Burford at right guard later in the week, suggesting Skule isn’t a candidate to start there either. And with fellow backups like Jaylon Moore and Colton McKivitz receiving more time as immediate replacements for both Williams and McGlinchey, it’s appearing as if Skule is trending in the wrong direction.