SANTA CLARA, CA. — A year removed from the league in a surprise retirement and the 49ers 1st round draft pick of the 2010 Draft has filed to re-enter the league and potentially play along the 49ers already strengthened offensive line. Should the league accept and allow Davis to come back and presuming that he retains the starting job at right tackle, this could bode very well for the 49ers.
Statistically, the 49ers had one of the worst offensive lines both in run blocking and pass blocking in the entire NFL. However, this offseason they decided to do something about it by nabbing Pro Bowl guard, Zane Beadles and jumping back in to the end of the first round in the 2016 Draft to grab Stanford stand out interior offensive lineman in Joshua Garnett.
Toward the end of the season last year, most people thought that 7th round rookie, Trent Brown would be the Niners starting right tackle should Anthony Davis stay retired. But this now changes the dynamics of everything.
The 49ers also spent picks on John Theus, a tackle out of Georgia and Fahn Cooper, a tackle out of Ole Miss who played on the other side of first rounder Laremy Tunsil.
If everything goes well for Davis and the league accepts, the Niners will have to look at whether or not they would trade him or allow him to compete for his former job. Should Trent Baalke allow this, and Chip Kelly welcome him to the team, the Niners would have to make space for him. In doing so, one would have to consider the possibility of another tackle being cut. Of course, they could potentially cut another position to create a bigger competition of an area that was very weak last year but ultimately there are only so many spots.
A starting line of Joe Staley (LT), Zane Beadles (LG), Daniel Kilgore (C), Joshua Garnett (RG) and Anthony Davis (RT) sounds so much better on paper. Of course it takes time to gel but the 49ers would be in a helluva lot better shape than they were prior to the start of the season.
Whether it is Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick, they would both be a lot more comfortable int he pocket behind this line that would work very well in Chip Kelly’s zone blocking scheme due to the cumulative athleticism.
Here is the Tweet that Anthony Davis posted making it official: