Originally drafted by the team in 2005, Snyder returns to the Bay a little more than a year after leaving via free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona cut Snyder on April 29th after the team spent it’s first round draft pick on guard Jonathan Cooper. Snyder played 107 games during his time with San Francisco. He started 69 of those games including 13 at guard in 2011 under the current 49er coaching staff.
Snyder is an attractive option to the 49ers because of his versatility. He can play any position along the offensive line and even took first team snaps at center during player-organized practices while the league was locked out in 2011. Snyder eventually moved back over to guard when the team signed Jonathan Goodwin. Despite his experience on the interior of the line, it’s possible the 49ers have other ideas for Snyder. The team appears to be high on young lineman Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney, each of whom project to play center or guard.
Because of that, Snyder may be considered an option for swing tackle. The 49ers are in need of a backup to Joe Staley and Anthony Davis and Snyder fits the bill. Currently, the teams best backup tackle is playing right guard (Alex Boone) and unless they want to shuffle the line if an injury occurs, Snyder could slide right into one of the tackle positions.
Overall, his versatility will provide a nice insurance policy if anyone on the line goes down or Kilgore and Looney prove too inexperienced to step in and play at this point in their careers.
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