No. 3: EDGE Aaron Lynch
Edge rusher Aaron Lynch was another player having a strong showing versus the Chiefs, finishing with two sacks, two tackles for a loss and a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage.
After dealing with weight concerns earlier this offseason, all signs are pointing to the talented-yet-inconsistent pass-rusher being on track to solidifying his role within San Francisco’s defense.
The only question is whether or not he can keep it up.
Lynch primarily saw snaps versus second- and third-string units in Week 1 of the preseason, so one should assume he’d have success against these groups. Going up against starters could be a different story.
One should also assume the Niners place Lynch with the first-team group a bit more versus Denver this weekend in an attempt to see whether or not his solid Week 1 efforts can be effective against starting-caliber players.
If they are, San Francisco’s pass rush will end up looking a lot deeper than initially anticipated.