Time and time again you will see San Francisco 49ers OC Greg Roman draw up a play in redzone opportunities to add an additional offensive lineman. Last year saw C Daniel Kilgore be that man and the year before that was G Leonard Davis. However, with Kilgore kicking inside to the starting center role in 2014, who will be that guy? The answer may be third-year G Joe Looney.
The so-called “49ers fan” by KPIX will be out to prove his worth in 2014. At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Looney has the size, strength, and determination to win his battles down in the trenches. A slow NFL start as Looney recovered from a torn ACL while at Wake Forest, he’s starting to look the part of a promising player.
Roman spoke highly of Looney during 49ers minicamp as he said, he graded out extremely high against the St. Louis Rams vaunting defensive line and looking forward to more of that in 2014. And with no other offensive lineman looking the part so far in camp, I believe Looney to be the one who’s “licensed” to relish that role.
Looney understands the playbook, has game day experience, and may be the “trusted agent.” But with that said, do not count out seasoned veteran G Adam Snyder. The 10-year veteran, has starting experience and played that role in the past so Snyder may have the inside track. However, with G Alex Boone’s recent holdout, Snyder may be forced to start the season, leaving Looney as the “next man-up.”
With 49ers training camp just around the corner, we will keep you all updated on the latest as it unfolds.