Mike McGlinchey’s better ‘Welcome to NFL’ moment – Daily Democrat

SANTA CLARA – Watching Mike McGlinchey race 50 yards down field as a lead blocker was phenomenal.

It spoke volumes not only about the 49ers rookie right tackle but how this year’s top draft pick fits so well into coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.

“That’s what’s fun about Kyle’s offense – you get to show off your athletic ability with how we run and how we try and get out in front of guys,” McGlinchey said.

While Monday night’s visit by the New York Giants will showcase their Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite in Saquon Barkley, let’s not forget about how well McGlinchey is faring as a promising cornerstone for the Niners.

What better way to examine that than looking deeper into McGlinchey’s eye-opening escort on Raheem Mostert’s 52-yard touchdown in last week’s 34-3 rout of the Raiders:

THE START

McGlinchey and the 49ers lined up at their 48-yard line. Then came the snap to Nick Mullens, who faked a jet-sweep handoff to Marquise Goodwin. As McGlinchey backpedaled to the 44, Raheem Mostert took Nick Mullens’ pitch at the 40.

What ensued was much more than McGlinchey’s one-man caravan.

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) celebrates as running back Alfred Morris (46) scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

“We watched the film as a team (Tuesday), and the backside guys are really the ones who sprung that play loose.”

The backside guys: left tackle Joe Staley, center Weston Richburg and fullback Kyle Juszczyk, all of whom cleared out second-level blocks. Aiding and abetting were tight end Garrett Celek, left guard Laken Tomlinson and right guard Mike Person.

“That worked out perfect,” Celek said. “We’ve ran it a few times (this season), it just hasn’t turned out that good.”

Celek, by the way, didn’t want to divulge the specific play call in case Mullens needs to audible to it later this season.



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