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49ers keep D.J. Jones to solidify D-line

An underrated-yet-important move to help ensure the 49ers defensive line stayed as intact as possible was to keep fifth-year nose tackle D.J. Jones from hitting the open market.

Jones is now returning on a one-year deal after being a key starter for base downs the last two years, according to Ian Rapoport:

Over the last two years, the Niners’ sixth-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft accumulated 43 tackles and five sacks, showing he’s more than just a situational run-stuffer.

San Francisco could have let Jones walk, instead electing to go with third-year pro nose tackle Kevin Givens, who excelled while Jones was out last year with ankle injuries. But D-line depth is never a bad thing, and the 49ers do have some question marks within this group beyond the starting cast.

Reverting Givens back to a reserve role while letting Jones reassume his starting job isn’t a bad move at all.

Especially considering the likelihood of Jones not costing San Francisco too much.

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