SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are continuing their experiment with Anthony Davis at right guard.
Davis saw snaps during practice Monday at his new position, 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said. On Tuesday, Davis began practice working with the first-team offensive line in place of right guard Andrew Tiller.
“Anthony’s been fine,” Modkins said. “He’s been fine in every aspect of practice. Meetings, he’s been fine. He was fine yesterday. With him, it’s a deal of him being comfortable. We’ll try to get him more and we’ll see where he’s at.
“No decision has been made, yet. We’ll see where it’s at. The more positions they can play, it’ll be better for us.”
Second-year player Trent Brown has performed well at right tackle this season. At 6 foot 8, 355 pounds, Brown is not a realistic candidate for a position switch to guard. Davis said he volunteered weeks ago to move inside.
Last week, Brown took his first snaps at right guard during a practice against the Denver Broncos. All 36 of Davis’ snaps in the exhibition game Saturday night were at right tackle.
Veteran Zane Beadles opened practice with the first team at left guard but was replaced by rookie Joshua Garnett after just a couple days. It was the first time Garnett, a first-round draft pick, has been observed working with the first-team offense.
“Being able to mix them up and play different positions is critical,” Modkins said. “We’ve tried to do that. And we’ll continue to do that and see where it all falls.”
Davis, 26, has started every game in which he has appeared at right tackle in his NFL career. He returned to the 49ers and reported on time to training camp after taking one season away from the sport to allow his body and mind to heal, he said.