Thomas enters the season with 93 career tackles and six sacks, which aren’t the type of numbers one would expect from a top-three pick. Thomas has seen time at defensive end and on the inside throughout his first three NFL seasons, producing mixed results in particular when placed on the outside. But this year, the 49ers seem completely focused on playing Thomas on the interior, which would put him in a more natural position for his skillset. Thomas’s camp showing suggests he could be in for the best season of his 49ers career, and after adding two sacks against the first-team offense on Friday (per Matt Maiocco/NBC Sports Bay Area), he earned praise from head coach Kyle Shanahan, who says the improvement his former first-round pick has made this summer has been quite noticeable.

“Definitely. Solly, he got more reps inside last year,” said Shanahan. “He’s getting all reps inside this year except when we have emergencies and he’s just got to fill in to help guys get through practice. And he had a heck of an offseason, put on some real good weight and it showed in the run and pass game throughout this whole camp. What people have been saying about him’s true. I’m real happy for him because he’s earning it and deserves it.”
-Kyle Shanahan, 49ers Head Coach

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