Sakamoto: 49ers’ RG Andrew Tiller Is Both Hungry and Humbled By Recent Success

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San Francisco 49ers RG Andrew Tiller continues to make headlines around Levi’s Stadium, as the 2012 sixth-round pick (No. 179) saw his first live action of the 2015 season against the New York Giants.

An opportunity that he seldomly experienced in the NFL, as he was hit by the injury bug in 2012 with a left torn triceps injury while playing for the New Orleans Saints and then a grade-2 right calf-injury last year with the Green Bay Packers, the road to success was never an easy one for the Queens, New York native.

A player who was promoted to the team’s active roster just one day before kickoff, Tiller found himself as the man of the hour, as he solidified the right side of the offensive line while rotating snaps with RG Jordan Devey.   A roster move I explained on 810 CBS Sports Radio, as I believed Tiller should be activated sooner rather than later, it turns out that was the case as Tiller was promoted while the team released disgruntled CB Shareece Wright.

I asked Tiller what that experience was like to first be activated to the team’s roster and then immediately thrusted into a prominent role on Sunday. “Man, it’s like a dream come true for me. I mean I played last year but it was one play. This year I actually got to play the whole game for the most part,” Tiller said.

Tiller who found himself being counted on in the early second-quarter, not only excelled in run-blocking but pass-protection as well. Something Tiller has been working on considering  that was the ‘knock’ on him coming out of college. “That was the biggest knock coming out of college. And I have worked a lot since then. ‘Cause I know I did have to work on my sets, practice on staying lower, and just moving side to side, so I worked on that a lot,” Tiller explained. And it showed on Sunday as the Syracuse product put on a clinic while protecting QB Colin Kaepernick’s strong side.    

Although Tiller continues to make strides on the field, it’s his off-field diet that has helped him maintain his shape.

A diet that consists of eggs and bacon for breakfast, chicken breast and broccoli for lunch and salmon for dinner, Tiller maintains a strict diet as the team wants his playing weight to be 320 pounds. And it’s that type of discipline and focus that has made Tiller so successful as he comes from humble beginnings.

So the question remains, will Tiller start against the Baltimore Ravens (1-4) this Sunday? That remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, Tiller’s talent can’t be denied as he is clearly the best guard on the team not named RG Alex Boone.

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