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49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: DT Glenn Dorsey

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). We move on to defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey.

Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea.

The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2016 season with solid depth along the defensive line, but injuries are still a big question. Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey both could open the season on the PUP list, and we’ll find out more about their current status later this week. The team has some intriguing young depth on the line, but getting Williams and Dorsey back will be key.

Glenn Dorsey has been a pivotal part of the 49ers defense when healthy. He signed in 2013, with plans on being primarily a utility guy behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. When Ian Williams broke his ankle, Dorsey moved in at nose tackle, and did a great job. He tore his biceps muscle in 2014 training camp, and that cost him the whole season. He returned in 2015, but a torn ACL in late November cost him the rest of the season and raises questions about his status for Week 1 this year.

Basic info

Age: 30 (31 on August 1)
Experience: 8 accured seasons
Height: 6’1
Weight: 297 lbs

Cap status

Entering final season of two-year extension signed in 2014. His base salary is $1.8 million, with a workout bonus of $150,000 and a roster bonus totaling $200,000. His cap hit will be $2,766,668.

Why he might improve

I don’t think it’s about improving so much as just staying healthy. He tore his biceps in 2014, and his ACL in 2015. I don’t think it makes him injury prone, but there are questions about if he is getting to an age where he’s going to keep breaking down. If he can avoid injury, I think he can stick around the level we’ve seen in years past when healthy.

Why he might regress

He will be 31 next week, rehabbing a torn ACL. He’s always been a strong contributor, but that is not an easy rehab process, particularly given his age. The combination of age and injury are the area where we could see some issues.

Odds of making the roster

The question is not if he will make the roster, but whether or not he will open the season on the PUP list. Odds are good he is placed on PUP at the start of training camp, but the team could decide to activate him fairly quickly. Kyle Williams returned from his ACL by training camp the following year, but obviously wide receivers and defensive linemen are different kinds of players. My guess though is that he is back before Ian W