DENVER – Right tackle Trent Brown held his own against one of the top pass-rushers in the league to seemingly hold onto his spot in the 49ers’ starting lineup.
“I knew coming in I had to have my mind right, going against the best pass-rusher in the league,” Brown said after playing 16 snaps in the 49ers’ 31-24 victory over the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game Saturday night.
“I had to step up to his level of play, and I think I did a pretty good job tonight.”
Outside linebacker Von Miller, the star of the Broncos’ run to Super Bowl 50, recently signed a six-year, $114 million contract. He played 10 snaps on Saturday and did not register a tackle or a quarterback hurry.
Brown (6 foot 8, 355 pounds) and Miller (6-3, 250) also went up against each other during two days of practices leading up to the game.
“I think they went pretty well,” Brown said of the practices. “He got me a few time, but it just showed me what I need to work on coming into the game.
“Being patient. Because he’s a faster guy, instead of trying to set him at an angle, come more of a straight-back angle.”
Brown, a second-year player who started two games at the end of last season, is playing with a lot of confidence and is holding off veteran Anthony Davis for the starting job.
“My confidence is as high as it’s been in a while,” Brown said. “The coaching staff builds us up every day, works with us every day. I feel pretty good about myself right now with the way I’m playing.
“I’ve always had an ability to play at a high level. I feel more confortable with what I’m doing and I’m in better shape.”
Davis volunteered to move inside to play right guard, where Andrew Tiller has been stationed from the opening of training camp. Davis saw limited action at guard last week in practice.
“We just got to see where he’s comfortable,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said of Davis. “In a practice situation we just threw him in there, but really it’s a comfort level with him. We don’t want to put him somewhere that he isn’t comfortable in.
“That also speaks to ‘A.D.’, he’ll play anywhere. He just wants to do what he can to contribute to this team. So for the next couple weeks, it’ll be big for a lot of those guys. It’s not etched in stone exactly where we are or where we’ll have everybody with this competition. We’ll see what it looks like this week. We’ll give him a couple more snaps and see where he’s comfortable.”