Laken Tomlinson

Laken Tomlinson likely to have significant role against Seahawks

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Laken Tomlinson likely to have significant role against Seahawks

SANTA CLARA – Laken Tomlinson spent his first regular-season Sunday with the 49ers as a spectator on the sideline.

The newly acquired guard, a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2015, was among the 49ers’ seven inactive players for the season opener on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

But Tomlinson is likely to have a significant role this weekend when the 49ers’ offensive line faces its most daunting task of any season – a trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks.

"I’m just out there doing everything coach asks me to do trying to do as much as I can with as much as they give me," said Tomlinson, whom the 49ers acquired on Aug. 31 from Detroit for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

Tomlinson could replace veteran Zane Beadles, who has struggled at left guard throughout training camp. Beadles, 30, had a rough opener against the Panthers, surrendering a game-turning sack-fumble in the first quarter.

Left tackle Joe Staley said Tomlinson has a frame (6 foot 3, 312 pounds) that reminds him of Mike Iupati. Tomlinson seems to be making quick strides to learn a new scheme.

"He’s come in very eager to learn and to pick up all that stuff," Staley said. “He’s not overwhelmed by anything. Coming from another team, he had excuses he could make, ‘Oh, I wasn’t here in training camp.’ He’s come here and is gung ho about picking up everything that he can.”

Said Tomlinson, “The scheme is a lot to learn, but I can handle it. I’m going out there and trying my best to exhibit that on the practice field.”

Cosell: 49ers offense going to have one specific issue all season

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Cosell: 49ers offense going to have one specific issue all season

The offensive numbers from the Week 1 loss to the Panthers were not pretty.

The 49ers scored three points, amassed just 217 total yards, went 2-for-11 on third down and turned the ball over twice.

Brian Hoyer was sacked four times.

"It's always hard when a team scores three points, so it's easy to say they stunk," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680. "I thought Hyde ran well and looked good. 

"I thought the pass game -- you saw really good concepts. Don't forget -- Goodwin drops the go route ... on the sack-fumble, he (Hoyer) was getting ready to throw the ball to George Kittle, who was wide open on a corner route in a beautifully designed three-level stretch.

"I think the issue for their offense -- and it will be all season -- is their interior three on their offensive line. This was a really good D-line they played against; they're gonna face the same issue this week when they play Seattle.

"That's where they're going to have to get better and it's not likely to happen this season."

Left guard Zane Beadles, in particular, struggled mightily.

[MAIOCCO: Tomlinson in consideration to take over in 49ers' starting lineup]

In late August, the 49ers traded for Laken Tomlinson -- the 28th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

He started 24 games for the Lions over the prior two seasons and may be in line to take over for Beadles soon.

“That’s something we’ll evaluate all three days," Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday. "The same as I told you guys, I forget what day, Monday or Sunday, but we’re working Laken in more. This is his second week here, so he’s getting a little bit more reps. We’ll see how he handles it and how it plays out.

“He's definitely got the ability to and that's why we're excited to have him here and we're just trying to work with him and get him comfortable to do it and put him in an NFL game for the first time in a while.”

Tomlinson in consideration to take over in 49ers' starting lineup

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Tomlinson in consideration to take over in 49ers' starting lineup

SANTA CLARA -- Guard Laken Tomlinson, whom the 49ers acquired in a trade two weeks ago, will get a long look this week in practice as the team prepares to face the Seattle Seahawks.

Veteran Zane Beadles has struggled at left guard, which might accelerate the 49ers’ urgency to get Tomlinson on the field. The 49ers on Wednesday have their first practice in preparation to face the Seahawks.

“It's pretty simple,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “What it comes down to (is) who we think at the time gives us the best chance to win. If that's the case, that's what we'll go with.”

Laken was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2015. He started 24 of the 32 games in which he appeared over his first two NFL seasons. Current 49ers personnel executive Martin Mayhew, formerly the Lions general manager, was responsible for Tomlinson's selection at No. 28 overall.

Tomlinson is picking up the 49ers’ system quickly, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area, and it is apparent he has played in the NFL and understands what the team requires of its linemen. However, he has never before played in an offensive system similar to what the 49ers deploy.

“You look at O-linemen and schemes, all schemes are different,” Shanahan said. “When you've been in more gap-oriented schemes where you've never really had to run that far. . . He's never used the techniques that we've ever asked him to.

“He's definitely got the ability to and that's why we're excited to have him here and we're just trying to work with him and get him comfortable to do it and put him in an NFL game for the first time in a while.”

Beadles, 30, an eighth-year pro, started all 16 games for the 49ers last season. He started games at left guard, left tackle and center. But his skills have seemingly not been a good fit for the 49ers’ system. On Sunday, he surrendered a game-turning sack-strip against Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Wes Horton in the first half of a scoreless game.

Shanahan described Beadles’ performance as “up and down.”