The San Francisco 49ers are set for training camp to begin at the end of the month. But before the team can defend its NFC West division crown this upcoming season, let’s take a look at the depth of each position group on the roster as they prepare for camp. Offensive linemen are up next.
It took a few weeks for the 49ers offensive line to hit its stride in 2011. Vocal left tackle
RETURNERS: Joe Staley (sixth season), Mike Iupati (third season), Jonathan Goodwin (11th season, second in San Francisco), Alex Boone (third season), Anthony Davis, (third season), Daniel Kilgore (second season), Mike Person (second season),
With Goodwin opting to train close to home at the start of the offseason program, Kilgore was inserted into the starting lineup at center. Kilgore enjoyed the experience, but made sure to credit Goodwin for being such a big help during his rookie season. Another young lineman, Slowey, took a lot of snaps this offseason as a backup center. The other 49ers rookie draft pick, Looney, will continue to update his fans this season as he was chosen to be 49ers.com’s rookie blogger. With four draft picks used on offensive linemen over the past two seasons, it’s important to not overlook Stanford products Derek Hall and Chase Beeler. Both spent 2011 on the practice squad where they traveled with the team and continued to strengthen their bodies to make an impact this coming season.
The 49ers held on to the ball for 44:16 on Nov. 20 against the Arizona Cardinals without allowing a sack, marking the highest time of possession for the team since Nov. 3, 2002 at Oakland (44:33 – 49ers 23, Raiders 20).
“He’s doing good. He’s doing a great job. Love Alex’s enthusiasm, energy, his size. Gosh, he’s a fun guy to be around, just a throwback O-lineman. Loves football, loves getting dirty in the trenches. Man, about what you look like when you look at a prototype offensive lineman. I call him a throwback, I’d call him a throwback. He’s doing a great job.”
-Offensive coordinator Greg Roman on the progress of offensive lineman Alex Boone