Our training camp positional previews continue with a look at the team’s offensive linemen.
- Jonathan Goodwin returned to the New Orleans Saints this offseason to be Drew Brees’ center. San Francisco elected to see what they had in fourth-year reserve
- The right side of the offensive line was quite different than its left-side counterparts this offseason.
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San Francisco’s running attack has been in the NFL’s top 10 in each of Jim Harbaugh’s three seasons in the league. Goodwin’s role on offense was very underrated. An air-traffic controller is essential to the offense’s success and Kilgore will have the license and opportunity to prove he can handle the chaos in the trenches.
The best news for Kilgore was that he was given all of the first-team reps in OTAs and minicamps. The center-quarterback chemistry is just as important as a signal-caller’s relationship with his receivers. Kilgore was able to get the ball to Kaepernick consistently. Botched snaps were not an issue. Kilgore will look to continue the success rate when training camp begins and padded pass-rushers will be coming his way to collapse the pocket around his quarterback.
The 49ers drafted two offensive linemen: USC’s