49ers roster: 5 players who must step up most after bye week

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Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers
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No. 1: 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey

It’s been a rough couple of years for right tackle Mike McGlinchey.

There’s no doubt his 2021 quad tear halfway through the season was a major blow. And while he’s appeared to be fully healthy from that injury over the course of this year, McGlinchey has certainly borne the wrath of 49ers fans who are looking at him as the offensive line’s weakest link.

To some degree, that’s been fair. McGlinchey in pass protection hasn’t always been pretty. And when things have been bad, they’ve looked awfully bad, such as being easily beaten by Rams EDGE Leonard Floyd in Week 8.

Either way, McGlinchey isn’t going anywhere for the rest of the season. Unless he completely implodes or suffers an injury, neither of which has happened, McGlinchey will be the starting right tackle from this point onward.

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Considering the weakest point of pass protection has been on the right, McGlinchey needs to be that player to shore up his game.

Just like how Niners legend Joe Staley pointed out not long ago.

McGlinchey doesn’t have to play at an elite level. Some modest improvement would merely be what’s needed here.

The second half of San Francisco’s 2022 campaign kicks off in Week 10 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 13.

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