5 players SF 49ers should purge off other teams’ practice squads
By Peter Panacy
SF 49ers Target No. 1: DT Corey Liuget, Houston Texans
The days of veteran defensive lineman Corey Liuget being an effective defensive force are long gone, and the San Diego Chargers’ former first-round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft has been relegated to a support role on the Houston Texans practice squad after a lackluster 2019 campaign split between the Raiders and Buffalo Bills.
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Yet the SF 49ers are hurting in their pass-rush department, boasting only 10 on the season and being led by reserve EDGE Kerry Hyder with 3.5.
The outlook would be awfully different if pass-rushers Nick Bosa (knee) and Dee Ford (back) were healthy and at 100 percent. But they’re not, and the Niners are now under pressure to find even more help here after losing recently signed EDGE Ezekiel Ansah to a season-ending arm injury.
That’s why a player like Liuget makes some sense, even if the bulk of his 25 career sacks came from long ago.
At 30 years old, Liuget would likely be filling a role not unlike what former 49ers EDGE Elvis Dumervil had back in 2017: a situational veteran pass-rusher who has been around the league enough to command some attention.
Plus, he’d serve as a good mentor for some of San Francisco’s younger defensive linemen.
That might be the biggest bonus for the Niners amid what’s turning into a lost season.