Zane Beadles

Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

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Source: 49ers make change on offensive line; Ward active

SEATTLE – The 49ers have made a change to their offensive line for the team’s game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Laken Tomlinson is in, and Zane Beadles is out.

And the 49ers will also have the services of free safety Jimmie Ward for the first time this season. Ward will be in uniform after missing all of training camp and the first regular-season game with a hamstring injury. The 49ers deactivated rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome. Jaquiski Tartt started at free safety for the 49ers in Week 1.

Tomlinson, acquired Aug. 31 in a trade with the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round draft pick in 2019, will suit up for the first time as a member of the 49ers and start at left guard, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beadles entered the day with 108 consecutive starts, ranking as the No. 2 current streak among guards in the NFL behind Atlanta’s Andy Levitre, who has 129 consecutive starts.

Beadles, 30, has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, in which he has started 111 of the 113 games in which he appeared. Beadles, who struggled throughout training after taking over for Joshua Garnett, surrendered a sack-fumble in the 49ers’ opener against the Carolina Panthers. Garnett is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.

Beadles is active for the game and will serve as a backup at both guard positions and center.

Tomlinson will start at left guard against the Seahawks – just as he did in the Lions’ 26-6 season-ending loss in the NFC wild-card round in January. Tomlinson played all 55 snaps against Seattle.

He graded out as the Lions’ top pass-blocker on the offensive line in that game, allowing just two quarterback hurries in 39 pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tomlinson, 25, a third-year pro, will make his 25th career start after the Lions selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft with the No. 28 overall pick.

Pass-rusher Aaron Lynch, who was not active for the 49ers’ season opener last week, will be in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers inactives
WR Kendrick Bourne
CB Ahkello Witherspooon
DB Lorenzo Jerome
LB Pita Taumoepenu
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
DL Xavier Cooper

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.”