49ers news: Mandatory minicamp left us with these 5 major takeaways

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49ers minicamp takeaway No. 2: Colton McKivitz is holding his own at right tackle

One of the bigger concerns the 49ers apparently had this offseason was finding a replacement for now-Denver Broncos right tackle Mike McGlinchey. But, rather than spending money on a big-name free agent or using a top NFL Draft pick on a highly touted prospect, the Niners merely promoted from within and are handing the job to the former backup lineman, Colton McKivitz.

McKivitz doesn't appear to be competing with anyone for the job much either, and multiple reports suggested he did well in pass protection against some of San Francisco's B-list pass-rushers like Kerry Hyder and Drake Jackson.

Good for McKivitz.

Meanwhile, All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams is stoked for McKivitz, telling the team's website the following:

"It's well deserved. It's been a long time coming. I remember having conversations with him when he didn't make the roster [in 2021] and he had to go the practice squad for a couple weeks and how bummed out he was. He was playing great, but it's a numbers game more than anything.

To see him continue to grind, not to be discouraged, continue to let his talents show, play with confidence -- he earned it."

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Similar sentiments were echoed a year ago about center Jake Brendel, who was taking over from within after Alex Mack's retirement. Brendel played well and translated that into a new contract with the 49ers this offseason.

McKivitz, who has his deal in place already, might simply just put the doubters' doubts to rest.