San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis is getting re-acclimated to football after stepping away from the game a year ago. Davis also might be getting his feet wet at a new position.
The offensive tackle moved inside during Thursday’s joint practice with the Denver Broncos and took eight snaps as the first-team right guard, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch. Davis has primarily served as the second-team right tackle during training camp behind 2015 seventh-round pick Trent Brown. The sixth-year veteran said he’s prepared to switch positions if it helps the team.
“A few weeks ago I told coach that if it would help us, I’d be willing to play there,” Davis said, according to Branch. “He came up to me and asked me how I felt about taking some reps. I was excited about it.”
Davis was reinstated by the NFL in late July after an 11-month retirement. His new coach, Chip Kelly, said Davis still possesses the ability to be a versatile asset in the trenches.
“I think Anthony can play anywhere on an offensive line,” Kelly said according to Branch. “Whether it be right tackle, left tackle, center, left guard, right guard, I think when you’ve got someone 6-5, 330 pounds that moves like he moves, I think you could play any position along the offensive line.”
Only time will tell whether Davis can not only return to his old form, but can do it at a different position.