SANTA CLARA Colin Kaepernick Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The schedule makers dealt Mike McGlinchey a rude welcome to the NFL.The rookie right tackle for the San Francisco 49ers had three of his first four games on the road, including matchups against elite pass rushers like Minnesota’s Danielle Hunter, Kansas City’s Justin Houston and Melvin Ingram of the Chargers.Looking back at that experience now, McGlinchey acknowledges it was almost crippling.“You could almost feel as soon as a pass play was called, ‘Now I have to worry about getting off the snap on time. I have to worry about what he’s going to do,'” McGlinchey recalled this week. “You could feel the stuff behind your eyes putting pressure on your face and you’re just like all right. It’s just one of those things you feel overwhelmed and growing inside you. You have to control it. I had solid games but nowhere near what it is now. I just wish I didn’t have to worry about what I did being a rookie trying to impress everybody early on and just play football.”After that somewhat spotty start to his career, McGlinchey has found his groove and has justified the decision the Niners (4-10) made when they drafted him ninth overall to be a foundation piece of the offense.San Francisco immediately traded incumbent tackle Trent Brown, one of the better pass blockers at the position, to New England and gave the starting job to McGlinchey.Coach Kyle Shanahan said some rookies can’t recover after being exposed early by top-level NFL players but that wasn’t a problem for McGlinchey when he struggled at times against Ingram in Week 4.“That never enters McGlinchey’s mind,” Shanahan said. “He thinks about what just happened, tries to get through it and I think him getting through that game and being able to make it through an injury and playing against a good player, that always gives guys confidence.”That confidence has built as the season has gone along and McGlinchey has been one of the better rookies in the league. His strong play has helped third-string quarterback Nick Mullens flourish in recent weeks and he has been a major part of a running game that was ranked in the top 10 in production for most of the season.But he’s still not satisfied.“I’m not where I want to be and I’m not sure you ever are as a football player,” he said. “But what I’m proud of this season is I’ve been stacking games together. Since a certain point of midway through the season I can feel myself getting better each and every week and taking things that I saw on tape last week or in practice and improving.”That’s been particularly crucial during a recent stretch where McGlinchey and the 49ers have once again been matched up against a string of elite pass rushers.San Francisco has matched up against Seattle’s Frank Clark in two of the past three weeks, with a date against Denver’s dynamic duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb in between. In all, the 49ers will have faced 10 of the top 13 leading sackers in the NFL this season after Sunday’s matchup against Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears.As challenging as it was two weeks ago dealing with Miller’s speed rush off the edge, McGlinchey will have even more to deal with against Mack, a player he called the best pass rusher in the NFL.“It’s completely different,” he said. “(Mack’s) bigger, he’s stronger, he uses more power. With Von the challenge is staying in front of him. With Khalil it’s just about everything. Von is in a class of his own in terms of get off. Khalil is so multiple with how he can rush. That’s what his biggest strength is.”NOTES: S Jaquiski Tartt (stinger) will be placed on IR on Saturday and miss the rest of the season. … Marcell Harris will once again start in his place. Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is tight end Garrett Celek"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference CallsRoster Projections49ers Roster49ers 90-in-90 roster breakdown49ers 90-in-90: TE Garrett CelekNew,12commentsBreaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is tight end Garrett CelekPDTShareTweetShareShare49ers 90-in-90: TE Garrett CelekIt appears that Celek Time was was only the briefest moments before fading away. The man known as Celek Time returned to Garrett Celek who is our subject today. The 49ers had no answers at the tight end position. It was George Kittle, Celek, and then whoever else they could sign/available UDFAs. In 2018, the tight ends behind Celek were lackluster; dropping touchdown passes the chief problem. Celek wasn’t too far behind. He failed to cross 100 receiving yards for the first time since 2014 and had a paltry five receptions compared to 2017’s 21. Some of this is to blame for a broken thumb that Celek suffered.But broken or not, at the end of the season Womens Tevin Coleman Jersey , Celek still couldn’t do much. This of course may have led to the 49ers drafting Stanford tight end Kaden Smith, as well as the speculation that wide receiver Jalen Hurd could be used as a tight end as well. All that said, Celek is not a bad tight end,just underwhelming. And if the jump from 2017 to 2018 is any indication, inconsistent as well. Given the age/production of the tight ends behind him, he should have one more year to produce. It’s the last season on his contract, afterall. But the 49ers are clearly looking to get younger and cheaper at the position. The 49ers got as much as they could out of another UDFA. That’s for sure.Basic infoAge:30 (turns 31 on May 29)Experience: 7th seasonHeight: 6’5 Weight: 252Cap Status He is entering the final year of a four-year agreement paying him $1.7 million. If cut before June 1st, the 49ers will have a cap savings of $2,078,125.What to expect in 2019The tight end position begins with George Kittle, but it won’t be ending with Celek like it has in the past. Expect to see more of the same out of Celek, but an even less snap count as Kaden Smith will get some needed playing time. Given that he is removed from that nagging thumb injury in 2018, Celek should have a bit more of a presence in the pass-game and take some pressure off George Kittle in dual tight-end sets. He won’t return to his 2017 numbers (21 receptions, 356 yards, four touchdowns), but we’ll at least see him crack a bill in terms of yardage. The 49ers have other tight ends with higher ceilings and will look for any excuses to get them on the field to develop. Odds of making the rosterThe 49ers tight end position has been a thin one and that isn’t changing much in 2019. They have gotten a third tight end in Smith who could become No. 2 by season’s end which removes third string releases/sits they had last year. Hurd also could be used in a swiss army-knife-like role as well. So that’s three bodies behind Kittle, two of which are no doubt going to be tight ends. Celek will be on the roster for his inexpensive salary, experience, and the 49ers depth of the position unless a UDFA and Smith combine to outplay him at training camp, but even then it’s doubtful. The 49ers take a larger dead money hit after June 1, meaning if they had no desire to keep Celek on a roster, they’d have released him by now. He could still be outplayed and removed in roster cuts, but it’s unlikely. All that said, this very well could be his last season in a 49ers uniform.
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