49ers training camp issue No. 3: Offensive line interior is a problem
Calling out concerns with the Niners offensive line before training camp should have been easy to do, particularly in the wake of losing Pro Bowl linemen Laken Tomlinson and Alex Mack to free agency and retirement, respectively.
In truth, the entirety of the O-line struggled early before getting back starting tackles Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey towards the end of Week 1, and Trey Lance subsequently started performing better once his two bookends were back in the fray.
But the interior? Yeah, it’s still an issue.
"Alex Mack retiring put the 49ers with a hole at center. No matter how much they say they prepared for it, there is no finding an adequate replacement for him. It’s why they are trying out [Daniel] Brunskill there because the 49ers know it is better to have someone with tenure on their team to take it over than a rookie or Jake Brendel. Then there is the departure of Laken Tomlinson in free agency, which gives the starting reigns to a raw player such as Aaron Banks. As for right guard, Spencer Burford looks like he will handle those responsibilities with Daniel Brunskill getting reps at center."
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Kyle Shanahan has been rotating players at center while relying on two first-time NFL-level starters at both guard spots, Banks and Burford.
So far, the end results haven’t been great, and it might be getting close to a serious worry point with the first preseason game on San Francisco’s schedule just over a week away.