The 49ers in 2016 under new coach Chip Kelly have a number of new faces, including veteran offensive guard Zane Beadles.
The experienced lineman who put in six combined NFL seasons with the Broncos and Jaguars looks to solidify his role in San Francisco this season.
Beadles recently spoke about the progress he's made with the line and the overall acclimation to a new year.
"Good start, I think," Beadles told 49ers.com. "Always a little anxiety, but a little excitement going into the first day of pads...I think we handled it well, it was a good day."
Contact practices and exhibition games in particular will be the determining factor for many players trying to lock down starting spots.
The 49ers this week kicked off the physical side of things, which allowed Beadles, a newcomer, to get his feet wet.
"Just getting out here and putting the pads on and hitting shoulders and getting contact again. It's real football again instead of running around here in shorts," the 2012 Pro Bowl guard said. "And really just executing. And the mental side of things, being mentally strong, stay focused through the whole practice. We'll have some mistakes and stuff to grow on."
Beadles is focusing on the left side of the line, working the first-team guard spot between left tackle Joe Staley and center Daniel Kilgore.
Beadles, who knew Staley prior to signing a three-year deal with the 49ers, has been developing a rapport with the blindside protector.
"It's going really well," Beadles told the team's official website. "It obviously started here in the summer and got some good work in. With that being said, you really can't fully dvelop it until you put the pads on. Joe and I have really good communication with each other. He is a hell of a player obviously, and I'm really excited to be here playing next to him."
Beadles, a former second-round pick by the Broncos in 2010, is signed through the 2018 NFL season.