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Jonathan Martin Healthy, Ready to Compete at 49ers Tackle Spots

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Mononucleosis cost Martin 12 pounds of body weight and three-plus weeks of offseason program action, but he's ready to compete at one offensive position and learn another for the San Francisco 49ers.


Mononucleosis cost Jonathan Martin 12 pounds of body weight and three-plus weeks of offseason program action.

The San Francisco 49ers new offensive tackle pronounced himself healthy and ready to compete after his second OTA practice back with the team on Tuesday.

“You can’t get back in football shape unless you’re playing football,” Martin said. “So it’s a little bit of a process, but I felt a lot better than I did (Monday).”

Martin filled in for Anthony Davis, taking first-team reps at right tackle. Despite never playing guard, Martin is expected to potentially carve out a reserve role there, too.

"We'll see how it goes," said Jim Harbaugh, who also coached Martin at Stanford, said. "He looks good. He's back from being ill, glad to have him back."

READ: Five Facts about Martin

Martin, whom San Francisco acquired from the Miami Dolphins on March 11, will compete with veteran Adam Snyder, among others, to back up Davis and Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley. Snyder has the benefit of having played for Harbaugh and the 49ers two of the last three seasons.

Wearing No. 71, Martin may have to play catch-up. He does have experience blocking in West Coast-oriented systems. The Dolphins employed such a scheme, as did Stanford.

"We have a lot of plays," Martin said of the 49ers expansive playbook. "It's been good. There are only so many plays in football. It's just getting the language down, the calls, the adjustments and different looks.

"Just trying to get my timing back. It felt good to be back out there with my teammates and get this offense down."