Through injuries and roster turnover, the 49ers’ biggest strength from a year ago looks little like its old self.
The defensive line is filled with new faces, following the offseason trade of defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts, Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas’ season-ending injuries sustained in Week 2 and the back injury that continues to plague Dee Ford. With the secondary also banged-up, it’s no wonder the 49ers have limped to a 2-3 start in 2020.
“It’s just unfortunate,” NFL Media analyst Steve Mariucci said Tuesday on KNBR’s “Papa & Lund.” “The 49ers are so talented (with a) great roster, but look at their strength from last year with all of those five first-round defensive linemen. Well, three of them are gone! DeForest Buckner’s gone playing for the Colts, and then, of course, Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas are out (for the season). Dee Ford got hurt. I mean, it’s just decimated in some ways.”
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