49ers Player No. 2: EDGE Samson Ebukam
It’s one thing for the Niners to be relatively hesitant with their rookies this season, even though that argument in of itself warrants questioning.
It’s another when key offseason free-agent pickups aren’t contributing much, though.
Such is the case with EDGE Samson Ebukam, one of the notable signings from the offseason who was intended to bolster a lacking pass-rush depth behind EDGE Nick Bosa and to potentially guard against injury concerns with fellow pass-rusher Dee Ford, who now again finds himself on injured reserve with the same back injury that cost him all but one game in 2020.
Ebukam didn’t have to arrive and be a primary pass-rushing threat after inking a two-year, $12 million deal during the offseason, no. But he had to at least provide some thump.
Halfway through 2021, there’s no thump to be found.
Ebukam, on 42.6 percent of the defense’s snaps this year, has accounted for a mere 18 tackles, one of which was for a loss, just two quarterback hits and a lone sack.
San Francisco hasn’t received much of anything by the way of Ebukam’s efforts this season. While he’s been out there, it’s safe to say he hasn’t made much of a difference.