The San Francisco 49ers have signed three defensive linemen over the past week, and they are not wasting time getting them into the mix. The 49ers signed Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel last week, and added Datone Jones this week. The moves came following a season-ending injury to Arik Armstead, and an injury to Aaron Lynch that will leave him out an undetermined amount of time.
Douzable replaced Armstead as a starting defensive end last week, while McDaniel worked into the defensive tackle mix. The 49ers released a new depth chart on Tuesday, and Jones is listed as Solomon Thomas’ primary backup at the other defensive end position. Thomas has rotated between end in base and tackle in sub packages. The team will likely continue looking for ways to rotate bodies in, but the addition of Jones could mean more inside work for Thomas.
The 49ers also announced the signing of Leon Hall on Tuesday. He is listed as Rashard Robinson’s backup at left cornerback, but I am guessing Hall will get nickel back work this week. K’Waun Williams is dealing with a quad injury, and Kyle Shanahan said he does not expect him to play this weekend.
Here’s the full depth chart heading into Week 8.