49ers turn to familiar face for O-line help

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers will use a backup offensive lineman in the starting lineup Monday night for the first time since 2011.

However, Adam Snyder is not new here.

Snyder is pegged to play for left guard Mike Iupati, who may miss a couple of weeks because of a sprained left MCL he suffered Sunday at New Orleans. It will be the first time a San Francisco starting offensive lineman has missed a game in nearly two years.

Snyder took over for Iupati at New Orleans, and he should have no problem fitting in Monday night against Washington. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Snyder is a nine-year veteran who has started 83 games. He played his entire career in San Francisco until he going to Arizona last year. After he was cut by the Cardinals, he came back to San Francisco this season.

The 49ers like Snyder because of his versatility. He can play all five positions on the line. He said he is comfortable at left guard and doesn’t expect any issues Monday night.

“The four other [linemen] are All-Pro guys,” Snyder said. “I’m expecting to come in and not have any drop-off in production.”

There is certainly a drop-off from Iupati, considered one of the best guards in the NFL, to Snyder, but familiarity and experience should help the 49ers get by in the short term.