San Francisco 49ers star right tackle Anthony Davis is in a battle to play in his team’s Week 1 tilt against the Dallas Cowboys, as he underwent shoulder surgery in April and is still recovering. It seemed like Davis would be a lock for Week 1, especially since he didn’t miss a game last season while playing through the pain.
However, the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows reports that Davis is not practicing and is still currently in “rehab mode”, meaning that the 49ers could be forced to start former high pick Jonathan Martin at right tackle.
It would be quite a story to see Martin start under his former Stanford head coach and current Niners HC Jim Harbaugh, especially considering what happened to him last year. But if we’re being honest, Martin hasn’t shown anything resembling his college play and draft pedigree here in the NFL, and he would be a serious downgrade on Davis, who is one of the league’s best right tackles, especially in the running game. Martin is a below-average starter at the position until further notice, but anyone with talent and a new change of scenery under a former college coach has a chance at breaking out. We’ll see if Martin gets that opportunity, but I still have a feeling that we’ll see Davis out there against Dallas.