SANTA CLARA - The battle in the 49ers' trenches has everyone on their toes, and Trent Williams is a big reason why.
Robert Saleh is loving every second of it.
The defensive coordinator spoke about how lucky the team is to have such great competition at both ends of the lines, using the old cliché, iron sharpens iron.
Nick Bosa shared how beneficial and enjoyable it has been to practice facing Williams and Saleh couldn't agree more, viewing the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle as a gift to his defense.
"What a treat for Bosa and all of us really," Saleh said. "His rookie year, he had Joe Staley who is an All-Pro and now you got Trent Williams who is also an All-Pro, and they are two completely different styles, but both incredibly gifted at their positions."
Saleh believes the competition is just as intense on the other side of the line with Mike McGlinchey returning for his third season faster, stronger and more stable, going against Dee Ford, who has also returned healthier.
Williams, however, takes it up another notch with his technique and physical abilities. Saleh reiterated what players have been saying about Williams since the star tackle arrived in Santa Clara.
"Trent gives them a look that they aren't going to see all year because he is a freak athletically," Saleh said. "Some of the things he can do, it's just going to make it easier on game day."
If Bosa uses his battles against Williams to his advantage, he has an even higher potential to dominate in his second season. The reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year finished the 2019 season with nine sacks, 25 quarterback hits, 47 total tackles, 16 of which were for a loss, one interception and one forced fumble, per Pro Football Reference.
Robert Saleh believes facing Trent Williams benefits 49ers' defense originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area