49ers rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw after seven games is still in search of his first sack and his first tackle for loss. While the job of a defensive tackle can be relatively thankless because of the outside-the-box-score impact they can have, Kinlaw’s rookie season hasn’t been great. There have been good plays and bad plays, but defensive coordinator Robert Saleh likes what he sees from the No. 14 overall pick because of what’s happening outside the lines.
Kinlaw may not be producing at a high level yet, and growing pains were certainly expected in a year with a limited offseason, but Saleh said the rookie is growing each game because of his ability to rapidly notice and fix mistakes.