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Scheme and culture help 49ers’ backups step up as…

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Scheme and culture help 49ers' backups step up as...

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Hours before his first NFL start, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Daniel Brunskill was nervous.

Brunskill arrived at the Los Angeles Coliseum long before kickoff against the Los Angeles Rams and was seeking ways to clear his mind. So he did the only thing he could think of: He played a game of euchre and, to no one’s surprise, was quickly on the other end of some Joe Staley jokes.

“It was probably one of the more nervous games I’ve ever had,” Brunskill said. “I tried to keep it calm. Joe was messing with me. … You know the game plan going in. I always like to go over it one more time to make sure it’s fresh in my head, but don’t want to be constantly thinking about things.”

Fortunately for the Niners, it didn’t take Brunskill — who entered last weekend’s game with eight regular-season snaps to his name — long to get rid of the butterflies. Once he settled in, Brunskill had a solid first start and earned praise from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and his teammates for his ability to stay even-keeled.

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