SANTA CLARA – The expected competition at right tackle between Trent Brown and Anthony Davis is getting closer.
After one week of practice, Davis has moved up from the third team to the second team. Since un-retiring, Davis showed up to training camp on time and in good physical condition.
Davis said he last played at 365 to 370 pounds when he had an injury-plagued 2014 season for the 49ers. He reported to the team’s facility at 332 pounds, he said.
"I've been very impressed with where Anthony's at," 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Tuesday. "He's making a real effort to understand it. He's putting in extra time. I don't think any of us could be more impressed with what Anthony is doing right now."
Davis has started all 71 games in which he appeared after being a first-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2010. Brown, a seventh-round pick last year, appeared in five games as a rookie and started twice.
Brown took part in the 49ers’ entire offseason program to earn the nod with the first team to open camp. Davis skipped the offseason program and did not file for reinstatement until the week that camp opened.
If the first practices of camp are any indication, the 49ers' competition at right tackle should lay the groundwork for the team to receive more production from the position. Last year, Erik Pears was the starter after originally being viewed as a guard. He ended up starting at right tackle due to Davis' late decision to sit out the season.
Brown appears to be much further along at this stage than he was a year ago.
"Trent's doing a good job," Modkins said. "He's a very talented player. He's doing a good job so far of being consistent. He's coming out and being consistent with his technique and fundamentals and his effort. We're excited about where Trent is going. We forward to seeing how that progresses."