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Anthony Davis has settled in at right tackle
Anthony Davis enters his third season at right tackle with the San Francisco 49ers. He has started every game of his young career. In 2010, his rookie season, then head coach Mike Singletary thrust Davis into the starting lineup before he was ready.
Davis was routinely victimized by opposing pass-rushers and was the most penalized player in the league. His pass blocking most resembled a sieve, as defenders ran around and through him with ease. The word "bust" was regularly bandied about when it came to Davis.
In 2011, Davis started out poorly, as he was paired with Chilo Rachal, the right guard. Rachal was replaced by Adam Snyder after the third game of the season and the play of the entire offensive line improved. Davis was the beneficiary of the steady, veteran presence of Snyder.
Davis improved as the season progressed and also gained a great deal of confidence. Snyder left this offseason via free agency and Alex Boone is now the right guard. Davis and Boone played solidly against the Packers and held down the right side of the line.
Davis is a very tough run-blocker and now his footwork and technique on pass blocking have improved also. We may be a year early in calling Davis a true impact player, but he is steadily improving and deserves the accolades.