Niners Live takes a look at San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis regaining his form and eyeing starting position.
The right tackle position has been an area of uncertainty since Anthony Davis elected to retire out of the blue back in June of 2015. His replacement for 14 games Erik Pears struggled and was ranked in at 37.5 out of 75, which was below replacement level, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Tackle Trent Brown started the last two games in 2015 and is getting reps with the first string, however he is still developing and growing as a young football player, but does have a lot of upsides and untapped potential.
It has been a well-documented, back-and-forth saga between Anthony Davis, Joe Staley, and general manager Trent Baalke, but in the end, all sides have worked things out and are moving forward, per profootballtalk.nbcsports.com.
Now let’s fast forward to the journey of Anthony Davis regaining his form, shall we? First, his mental state of mind had to be at the right level of focus; it would take extreme discipline to achieve his goal, of returning to football, and regaining his form.
Self-Discipline builds Self-Respect, which results in further Self-Discipline and further Self-Respect.
— AD (@BamDavis_) July 25, 2016
The powerful statement alone is instrumental in setting the mental and physical tone for his body transformation from 365-370 lbs to now 332 lbs, as seen below.
Anthony Davis has been moving up the depth charts as of late, working with the third string units, now up to the second string, and getting valuable reps as he continues to work himself back to his once dominant self.
Back to where he would set the edge, finish run blocks, and punish defenders with violent conviction. Davis is poised to take back what he feels is rightfully his: “Keep that spot warm for ya boy,’ via CSNBAYAREA.com.
#49ers graded 30th in run blocking last year, if Anthony Davis can get even close to his old form, he'll be an asset.
— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) July 30, 2016
If Davis can seize the starting right tackle position and regain his form, the offensive line will be a much-improved unit in 2016, hopefully equating to more wins.