San Francisco 49ers: 5 Takeaways from Halfway Through the Preseason

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Joshua Garnett Is Starting to Show Promise

The Stanford product’s time in the NFL hasn’t gone the way he would have hoped. Not only did Garnett underperform in his rookie season, but he missed all of his second year with a knee injury.

Not only is his time as the starting right guard running out, but his time with the 49ers. Fortunately enough, the 2016 first-rounder is making strides to regain his role.

He finally went to play in Week 2 at Houston and looked much better than before. He was fluid in his movement and finished blocks every time he went out there. The former Cardinal was especially significant in the run game where most other 49ers offensive linemen struggled.

He did have problems in the pass protection game, however. Particularly with taking on a bull rush from a defensive tackle and keeping his feet from shuffling.

Garnett is turning the corner on a better future with San Francisco if he can beat Mike Person for the starting right guard spot. He’s already more athletic than the 30-year-old and shows more long-term promise.

Let’s hope that he’s someone that Baalke got right.

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