There were not many positives to take away from the San Francisco 49ers 33-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but a recent addition deserves some recognition. Defensive lineman Leger Douzable had five tackles, two sacks, a pass deflection, and two quarterback hits in Week 8.
The 49ers got some good work from several players on defense, but Douzable deserves a plug given how recently he re-joined the team. The 49ers originally signed Douzable to the roster midway through the preseason. He got some work in the 49ers final three preseason games, but was part of the team’s roster cuts after their final preseason game. Injuries mounted however, and 12 days ago, the 49ers signed Douzable when they placed Arik Armstead on injured reserve.
Douzable stepped in last week, but took a solid step forward this week. Douzable has bounced around the NFL since 2008, and since then had 6.5 sacks and two passes defended in his career. Suffice to say, Sunday was an unexpected and welcome performance.
Solomon Thomas is potentially dealing with an MCL sprain. If that bears out with Thomas’ Monday MRI, Douzable and Tony McDaniel will continue to get plenty of work. They were among the 49ers top five graded players, according to Pro Football Focus’s quick post-game look. I don’t expect two sacks and a pass deflection every week, but the 49ers have found a gem in a trying time for the defensive line.