SANTA CLARA – Anthony Davis’ transition to a new position has become official this week, and a fellow 49ers’ first-round pick of 2010 is helping him out.
As Davis makes the move from right tackle to right guard, he is watching film of Mike Iupati. Davis entered the NFL as the No. 11 overall pick. Six spots later, the 49ers selected Mike Iupati, who last year signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent.
“I’m a big man, quick hands and I can bend pretty well,” Davis said. “It’ll take some time to get used to it. I watch a lot of Mike Iupati to figure out. Mike will help me out. I’ll call him.”
Davis took over for Andrew Tiller for nearly all of the 49ers’ first-team practice snaps, he said. It is likely he will see an extended run at right guard when the 49ers play the Green Bay Packers on Friday night.
“There are a lot of things to iron out, just getting used to the angles,” Davis said. “Getting used to the calls at that position. It’ll take some work, but it’s work I’m going to do.”
Davis said one of the challenges is the communication that takes place among center Daniel Kilgore and the left guard and right guard. On Tuesday, rookie Joshua Garnett saw his first action with the first team, sharing snaps with veteran Zane Beadles.
“It’s coming along,” Davis said. “It’s new. It’s different. Kilgore can make a call and it can be for the left guard, and I’m just as close so I’m hearing the same calls. At tackle, I’m usually making the call to the guard. There’s not a lot of miscommunication because it’s only going one way. Getting used to that is a process.”