49ers free agency: 49ers are expected to sign pass rusher Dion Jordan

49ers free agency: 49ers are expected to sign pass rusher Dion Jordan

On Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers hosted two pass rushers. One, Ziggy Ansah, was familiar with defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. Usually, fans will want to sign the bigger name. The other pass rusher, Dion Jordan, was more productive in 2019 on a smaller sample size. Wednesday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the San Francisco 49ers are expected to sign Jordan, who finished with a couple of sacks last season and 13 pressures on 125 snaps. Jordan’s “pass-rush productivity” was 7.1 compared to Ansah’s 4.8. Jordan ranked 45th out of 123 edge rushers in PFF’s PRP rating. After Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, and Dee Ford, the 49ers didn’t have any established pass rushers behind the trio. The production fell off a cliff once both Ronald Blair and Damontre Moore went down with season-ending injuries last season, so bringing in someone who has experience in the league and as a productive pass rusher made sense for San Francisco. I’d expect Jordan to play more than 145 snaps, the amount he played with the Raiders last season, in 2019. The team will want to monitor Ford’s snap count as the season goes along to ensure he’s healthy for the playoffs. With Blair on the PUP list, there was no reliable threat to get after the quarterback that was on the bench. Jordan is a quality depth signing. The Athletic’s Dave Lombardi tweeted that the 49ers dropped one sack per game without Blair or Moore ...
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