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Jim Harbaugh Pleased with 49ers Linemen Marcus Martin, Jonathan Martin

Posted Aug 19, 2014

Jim Harbaugh gave updates on offensive linemen Anthony Davis, Jonathan Martin and Marcus Martin.


Anthony Davis, sans pads, returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time this offseason.

Davis underwent offseason shoulder surgery and has missed OTAs, minicamp and the first three weeks of training camp.

Jim Harbaugh revealed Davis’ status earlier in the day before commending the performance of his replacement on the offensive line.

Jonathan Martin has done very well, been a great addition to our football team,” Harbaugh said of the player he coached at Stanford University. “Sure glad we got him. Like everybody else on our football team, (he's) working to improve in certain areas. He’s been very effective and efficient.”

Martin matched up against Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and did not allow a sack.

“I’m trying to get better every day and trying to make improvements on my technique and eliminate mental errors,” Martin said. “I think I played alright, but there are things to clean up for sure.”

Harbaugh also praised another offensive lineman with the same last name but unrelated to the veteran.

That player would be third-round draft pick Marcus Martin.

“Marcus Martin had a very good game, a very physical game,” Harbaugh said of the second-team center. “Great to get him back, get him going again.”

Marcus Martin missed the first week of camp due to an ankle injury. But since he was activated off of the Active/Non-Football Injury List on July 27, the rookie has steadily improved.

He’s also picked up his playing time in the preseason. Marcus Martin didn’t play in San Francisco’s preseason opener. He did, however, play the majority of last week’s loss to the Broncos.

“I was just excited to get the opportunity to play that many snaps,” the young center said of his NFL debut. “It was encouraging to see myself play well in a game.”

At 20 years young, Martin finds himself entering his rookie year very similarly to what Davis experienced in 2010. Davis happened to be a Week 1 starter as a 20-year-old lineman.

Martin has a ways to go to unseat Daniel Kilgore to be San Francisco’s starting center by the team’s Sept. 7 opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but in the interim, he’s developing his blocking skills to be ready down the road in case he's needed.

Martin credited his veteran teammates for helping his development.

“Anthony Davis and (guard) Mike Iupati both have been huge mentors throughout this process,” the rookie said. “A.D. has really looked out for me throughout this whole thing. He told me to compete, it doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s the heart that matters.”