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49ers coaches seeing a difference in Solomon Thomas so far in preseason

SANTA CLARA — 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh have made similar observations about Solomon Thomas just past the halfway point of the preseason.

“He’s moving different,” Shanahan said. “He’s playing a lot more aggressive, I think his mind’s a lot clearer and it’s showing.”

“He’s very decisive, he’s got good technique, he’s playing very fast and I like where he’s at mentally,” Saleh said. “I like where he’s at physically.”

The 49ers hope it all leads to a breakout out year for Thomas, who has struggled to be a consistent force on the defensive line since he was drafted third overall out of Stanford in 2017.