Trent Brown never has played a snap in Seattle but figures it can’t be any louder there than any of the venues he visited when he played for Florida.
“The noise really isn’t a factor with me because I played in the SEC,” the 49ers offensive right tackle said. “It’s loud every week, wherever you go.”
Sunday’s game will be Brown’s fifth NFL start. The 49ers’ coaching staff has given him – and the rest of the line – good grades so far, especially in pass protection. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been sacked twice. Neither was allowed by Brown, 23, who also hasn’t committed any penalties through two games.
“You continue to see the little teeny things and the little and teeny improvements that go on on a weekly basis,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said of Brown on Thursday. “That he may have gotten beat on this move in the third preseason game, but he didn’t get beat on it in the first game. Saw something a slightly different in the first game against the Rams and then you didn’t see that when we get against Carolina. He continues to get better on a weekly basis, and we’re really excited about what trajectory he’s headed on right now.”
On Sunday, Brown not only will have to deal with Seattle’s famously loud fans, he’ll sometimes line up against defensive end Michael Bennett, who last year had 10 sacks and already has two this season. Other times, Brown will face Frank Clark, who has three sacks in two games, or Cliff Avril, who has one sack. The Seahawks like to mix up their pass rushers and create confusion.
Brown said the 49ers’ no-huddle offense ought to help them deal with the noise Sunday. After all, the players merely have to look to the sideline to see what play is called.
“It helps out a lot,” he said. “You don’t really have to hear something. You just look and know what’s going on.”
Et cetera – Right guard Andrew Tiller (ankle) and cornerback Keith Reaser (ankle) practiced in full Thursday after being limited a day earlier. Tiller has missed 11 snaps in the first two games because of his injury. On one of them, his substitute, Marcus Martin, allowed a sack.
▪ Offensive tackle Anthony Davis has not practiced this week and likely will miss his second straight game after suffering a concussion in last week’s practice. Davis suffered a concussion in 2014 and missed the next four games.
▪ Three players were limited in practice: safety Marcus Cromartie (ankle), nose tackle Mike Purcell (ankle) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (knee).