“Can you believe Team A signed Quarterback B over Colin Kaepernick?”
It’s natural for those who cover the NFL — and know how good Kaepernick once was and might be again — to ask that question every time another QB ends his free agency, leaving Kaepernick still without an NFL job for 2017.
In this scenario, the distraction theory is bound to be thrown out again as the latest explanation, as in “Team A doesn’t want Quarterback B” to draw that much media attention in a backup role. The Seahawks don’t stir up anything with Davis beyond the initial outrage of the pro-Kap camp.
In SN’s breakdown of the 49ers’ depth chart last month, that was a big question mark in their front seven. At the moment, in some combination, NaVorro Bowman, rookie first-round pick Rueben Foster (strongside and middle) and former Seahawk Malcolm Smith (weakside) are the projected three starting linebackers.
Before Dumervil, Aaron Lynch was in the lead for LEO duties, but as a converted 3-4 outside linebacker, he had some conditioning issues this offseason. For a specialized end position that requires getting to the QB wide from the weak side, that couldn’t have made John Lynch comfortable. The other option, Arik Armstead, is talented, but he was drafted to be a 3-4 end in the previous regime.
Enter Dumervil and his hybrid history. As an undersized pass rusher who has overachieved throughout his career as a 2006 fourth-rounder, he will set the example of a relentless work Lakers Cheap Jerseys ethic for the team’s young, transitioning defensive ends, Armstead and DeForest Buckner.
At the same time, Dumervil will get enough of a break in his snap Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys count to be as effective as possible with what he has left in the tank. Lynch, while roaming as a Bronco, saw what Dumervil’s impact could do on the field. Dumervil now serves in the role of what an older Lynch was in Denver.