49ers review vs. Bills: Offensive line

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49ers review vs. Bills: Offensive line

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills continues . . .Offensive line
59-Jonathan Goodwin: He started at center and played all but the final series of the game. . . He was perfect in pass protection and held up very well as a run-blocker, too. Made block on DT Marcell Dareus to open the middle for Gore's 19-yard run in the first quarter. Good block on Dareus on Gore's 17-yard gain in third quarter.
66-Joe Looney: Was not active (coaches' decision).
67-Daniel Kilgore: He saw action on 16 snaps of offense, including the final 12 plays at center when the 49ers rested some of the regulars. . . While lined up at tight end, he got a piece of a linebacker to enable Gore to score on 1-yard TD run in third quarter.
68-Leonard Davis: He saw action on 16 plays on offense, including the final 12 plays at right guard when the 49ers moved some players around.
74-Joe Staley: He started at left tackle and played 56 snaps in the game. . . Called for false start in first quarter. He was also called for holding on a play in which Colin Kaepernick made a deep throw down the field. That block appeared to be textbook and did not appear to warrant a penalty. . . Had one-on-one pass protection against DE Mario Williams on 28-yard TD pass at end of first half. Smith was able to step into the throw with Williams coming from that side. . . Made block on Mark Anderson as Gore gained 31 yards in third quarter. Block on OLB Nick Barnett on Gore's 17-yard run.
75-Alex Boone: He started at right guard and then moved to left tackle for the final series. He played every snap in the game. . . Made block on DT Kyle Williams to help open hole for Gore on 19-yard run. Had a pancake block on Williams on third-and-10 play in which Hunter gained 12 yards over the right side. Got to second level to block LB Kyle Moore on Bruce Miller's 9-yard run in third quarter. Bock on ILB Kevin Sheppard on Gore's 17-yard run in third quarter.
76-Anthony Davis: He started at right tackle and played every snap. He mostly matched up against Williams, and played very well in the run game and pass protection. . . Allowed one pressure in which Williams got around him with a swim move and hit QB Alex Smith as he was throwing incomplete deep to Vernon Davis in the fourth quarter . . . Helped Dixon get into the end zone when he moved the pile, Sheppard and Dixon, into the end zone on for a 3-yard TD run.
77-Mike Iupati: Started and played every snap at left guard. . . He had a strong game in pass protection, as he kept the pocket clean for Alex Smith. . . Stood up Dareus and moved him out of the way on a Gore 10-yard run in the fourth quarter. Made block on LB Nigel Bradham on Dixon's 3-yard TD run late in game. . . On the negative side, he was called for holding against Bills DT Kyle Williams, which nullified a 21-yard gain on the first drive. And he was called for false start in second quarter.

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

Under the 49ers’ new regime, the club has already invested more in the free-agent market than a year ago under then-general manager Trent Baalke.

Just a reminder: The free-agent signing period does not officially open until March 9.

The 49ers on Friday reached a contract agreement with veteran defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who is penciled into be a starter in the team’s new 4-3 base scheme under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

"As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released Saturday morning. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room and in our community.”

It was the first significant move under Lynch, who also signed a player with NFL experience earlier in the week.

The 49ers also added cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back for two seasons. The Browns released him before the start of last season and he was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Mitchell was available to be signed before the start of the new league year because the Miami Dolphins released him last week in a move to save the team $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell took four free-agent visits and after wrapping up his tour with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, he and the 49ers quickly agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $5.5 million of money in the first year, according to a source.

Last year, Baalke did little to improve the roster for coach Chip Kelly. The 49ers, who finished 5-11 in Jim Tomsula's one season, dropped to 2-14. Just hours after the season concluded, the 49ers announced the firings of Baalke and Kelly.

The only veteran free-agent addition who stepped on the field for the 49ers last season was offensive lineman Zane Beadles. The 49ers signed Beadles in late-March to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus. Beadles had a good season for the 49ers, starting 12 games at left guard, two games at left tackle and the final two games at center.

The 49ers have already shown more willingness to be aggressive under Lynch’s leadership.

Mitchell, 29, is a seven-year veteran who began his NFL career from 2010 to ’13 with the Houston Texans. He was a rookie in Saleh’s final season as assistant linebackers coach in Houston.

Mitchell joins DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial on the 49ers defensive line. The 49ers view Mitchell as a high-energy player who bring good character to the locker room. The signing of Mitchell could be an indication the 49ers are moving on from Glenn Dorsey, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

With 5.5 sacks in seven seasons, the 49ers do not figure to use Mitchell in passing situations. The club must try to bolster its pass rush in free agency or the draft. Last season, Buckner and Ahmad Brooks shared the team-lead with six sacks apiece. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch both led the way with 6.5 sacks.

 

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

Source: 49ers agree to four-year deal with former Dolphins DT

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on Friday, CSNBayArea.com has learned

Mitchell, 29, will earn $5.5 million in his first year with the 49ers. 

The seven-year veteran played in nine games last season for the Dolphins. He recorded 17 total tackles. 

Since entering the league in 2010 as a third-round draft pick with the Texans, Mitchell has appeared in 100 games between Houston and Miami, totaling 206 tackles. He has also recorded 5.5 sacks.