The San Francisco 49ers have promoted offensive tackle Colton McKivitz to the active roster.
#49ers have placed OT Mike McGlinchey on IR and promoted OL Colton McKivitz to the Active Roster
— James Layton (@RedZoneInsider) November 10, 2021
In the fifth round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected McKivitz, but with an unsteady offensive line depth plan, he found himself quickly on the chopping block. He played 301 offensive snaps through 14 games, three of which he started, during the 49ers’ 2020 season, but 2020 wasn’t easy for him. He spent the year on and off the COVID-19/Injured Reserve list.
When the 53-man roster came out for 2021, there was speculation if he would continue to play professional football. There was a good deal more improvement to be had, and San Francisco didn’t have time to wait for him to catch up. When it came down to it, the 49ers elected to waive him in August.
After the deadline, the team re-signed him, in September, to the practice squad. There, he was able to perfect his skill and cultivate the kind of winning physicality that 49ers’ offensive line coach Christopher Foerster required of him. Now, the team has taken note and officially promoted him to the 53-man roster. When offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey was moved to the Injured Reserve list, McKivitz finally got his chance to come back and make a big difference on the now-3-5 San Francisco 49ers’ team.
McKivitz and the 49ers will look to next Monday afternoon, when they’ll take on the Los Angeles Rams at home.