Earlier this week, USA Today writer Tom Pelissero put together an offseason report on where things stand with the San Francisco 49ers. He had a chance to chat with Trent Baalke about the team’s roster, and it led to some interesting comments. One of the more interesting comments was about Kaleb Ramsey with Baalke telling Pelissero the defensive lineman is starting to come into his own and has a chance to contribute.
GM comments certainly are not something we’re going to take super seriously in the offseason, but Ramsey is certainly an interesting one in the defensive line competition. He was viewed as a talented prospect coming out of college, but he could never stay healthy. He spent his rookie season on the PUP list with yet another injury. Last season he was healthy and spent the year on the practice squad. Midway through the year, he had to serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The 49ers defensive line could be one of the deeper units on the roster. I say “could be” because it is a lot more potential than production. Quinton Dial was very solid last year, Arik Armstead showed some things, particularly in the pass rush, and Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey are both proven talents. However, with the latter two dealing with injuries, a lot of young talent will get a lot of opportunities this season. A player I see on the bubble is Tony Jerod-Eddie. He’s a very capable reserve, but at some point, does the team see his limited ceiling and decide to go with somebody younger? TJE has the versatility to play along the entire line, but with that limited ceiling, maybe guys like Kaleb Ramsey and Garrison Smith boost their roster chances next month.