Sakamoto: 49ers’ Zone Blocking Scheme Impacted G Zane Beadles Coming To San Francisco


Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet San Francisco 49ers LG Zane Beadles during a conference call. A player who was shocked and surprised by his release from the Jacksonville Jaguars, after inking a long term five-year deal, Beadles found himself on the free-agent market looking for a potential suitor — and the 49ers did not hesitate to pull the trigger.

“It is a big deal for me. In free agency, I wanted a fit that was good for me and I wanted to be somewhere I thought was a good fit for them, and I definitely think that system suits my strengths a little better and so it definitely was a big consideration for me.”

I then asked if Beadles spoke to any of the current players on the team and Beadles quickly spoke of QB Blaine Gabbert. “I got a text from Blaine [Gabbert] just saying, ‘Welcome to the team, congratulations.’ Other than that, I haven’t had much contact with anyone else yet.”

So what should the 49ers expect from Beadles in 2016? While the team will likely go up-tempo under new HC Chip Kelly, I fully expect Beadles to anchor the left guard position next to T Joe Staley. Beadles’ strengths are clearly hitting the second level while being able to pull in space, so expect Kelly to tailor to Beadles’ skill-set when it’s all said and done.

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