Throughout the preseason to this point we have had some solid play from reserve LB's. Those guys include Briggs, LaBoy and Bowman, that isn't where it ends though with some very nice performances turned in by Kristick, Davis and Balogun.With this many guys making strides it is sad to have to see a cut day looming upon us after our game against San Diego.
Of the previously mentioned the obvious guys who stick to our roster are LaBoy,Bowman and Briggs. With that we get some new exciting faces to our Corps and a familiar face with a more confident swagger. All in all the 49ers may not only have one of the most elite LB corps in the NFL as far as speed goes, we could very well have an elite pass rushing LB corps. Brooks came on strong at the end of last season with his injury a lot of guys got extra reps(Manny Lawson being away during OTA's didn't hurt either). Those reps led to a lot of visible improvement for Diyral Briggs, he has shown good tenacity this preseason and is constantly in the opponents backfield. Travis LaBoy is a great and welcomed surprise, I am itching to see Brooks get to 100% so I can see them sandwich opposing field generals. Manny Lawson is in a contract year and will clearly have to prove he deserves a new contract with this team. With so many talented LB's on this squad there will be little if any drop off if players get nicked up during the season. We had a very nice season defensively last year but that was not enough to propel us into the Playoffs. The offense has more weapons and increasing stability, that has caught the attention of most but our defense has added some guys who can bring the pain to the QB.