No. 2: Retaining Defensive End Ronald Blair
The 49ers had only so many spots along their defensive line, and rookie defensive end Ronald Blair was one to make the cut.
And for all the right reasons.
As a situational pass-rusher, Blair is a tremendous force with a ton of upside. Just take a look at what Pro Football Focus’ Jeff Deeney had to say about him:
Keeping Blair likely pushed out nose tackle Garrison Smith, who ended up being claimed by the Seattle Seahawks. And the move also negated a need for San Francisco to keep linebacker Marcus Rush, who landed on the practice squad, on the 53-man roster as well.
To think this — Rush led the NFL with six preseason sacks. And the Niners feel better about Blair’s abilities.
Let’s hope those translate over into the regular season.
Next: Retaining QB Colin Kaepernick