SANTA CLARA – Fullback Owen Marecic can thank Tony Jerod-Eddie for his spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster.
After 49ers starting nose tackle Ian Williams was lost for the season due to a broken left ankle sustained Sunday night in a 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers thought about signing another defensive tackle for depth.
In fact, the club worked out free agent defensive tackle Kyle Love, who played 41 games over the past three seasons with the New England Patriots, a source confirmed to CSNBayArea.com. But the 49ers decided they already had their nose tackle to take the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind veteran Glenn Dorsey.
“(I) feel confident with Tony Jerod-Eddie,” Harbaugh said on Wednesday, “(as) somebody who’s worked extremely hard, going on two years now. (I) feel like it’s his time to step up.
“He’s the next man up and he deserves that opportunity. And we feel good about him, too.”
Jerod-Eddie, undrafted from Texas A&M, spent most of his rookie season on the 49ers’ practice squad. He was promoted for the final regular-season game and saw limited action.
He made the 49ers’ 53-man roster and was active in the opener against the Green Bay Packers, and played three defensive snaps. Jerod-Eddie was not one of the 49ers’ 46 active players Sunday against the Seahawks.
With Williams going on season-ending injured reserve, the 49ers filled his roster spot with Marecic, the former two-way Stanford player and a long-time favorite of Harbaugh.
Marecic will back up starting fullback Bruce Miller and, initially, will have a backup role on special teams, too.
Said Harbaugh, “We’ll see what develops.”