No. 4: Justin Skule likely on deeper fringes of making 49ers offensive line
In fairness to veteran offensive lineman Justin Skule, who tore his ACL last offseason and saw his first in-game action in over a year Friday night, it’s understandable why he might be a little rusty.
Yet Skule, who is one of the elder reserve linemen the Niners are carrying on the offseason roster, looked more like an undrafted rookie against the Packers, especially when he entered the game at right tackle in relief of the starter, Mike McGlinchey, and quickly gave up a sack on Trey Lance to Green Bay linebacker Tipa Galeai.
Galeai cut to the inside, leaving Skule out to dry on an island in space, providing a clean route to Lance without any obstruction whatsoever.
Skule gave up two pressures on 16 pass-blocking snaps, which won’t bode well for his roster chances. Especially with San Francisco seemingly having more invested in other backup linemen like Colton McKivitz, Nick Zakelj and Jaylon Moore as candidates to win the swing-tackle role this season.
Unless Skule bounces back in the final two preseason games of the year, he’ll remain on the fringes of the roster.