A year after winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award, 49ers center Joe Staleys believes he can become a force for good in the AFC West.
Staleys had a breakout campaign last season, starting 12 games, but he has struggled since the team re-signed veteran left tackle Justin Smith.
Staley said that after the offseason, he’s trying to re-focus on being the team’s quarterback of the future.
“I feel I can be the guy to start and hopefully we’ll do something here,” Staleies said.
“I think I’ve just got to focus on being a quarterback.
I think we can make a lot of progress.”
The 49ers, who were in the playoff hunt before Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, have three quarterbacks, but only one is likely to be ready for Week 1.
The other two are Justin Smith, who signed a three-year, $35 million contract in December, and rookie Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick has been held out of practice because of a sprained ankle.
The 49er coaching staff is looking for help at quarterback, but Stalees said he’d be open to any position other than left tackle.
“If I had to play a position, I’d be a right tackle,” Stales said.
“Right now, we’re just trying to find the right spot for me and give me a shot to be a good starter and play a role for the team.”
The Raiders defeated the 49ers 35-14 on Sunday night.