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DeForest Buckner makes Pro Football Focus Week 2 team

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Buckner had a strong Week 2 against the Seahawks and was selected to Pro Football Focus’ All-Week 2 team.

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Each week, the folks at Pro Football Focus are putting together their Team of the Week, including the top players at each position from the past week of games. In Week 1, there were no San Francisco 49ers players on the list, which isn’t shocking, but defensive tackle DeForest Buckner has made an appearance on the Week 2 team.

Buckner, given a 92.2 grade from PFF for his strong play against a poor Seattle offensive line, is listed as one of their two interior defensive linemen, alongside Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals. The two edge players on this week’s team are Von Miller of the Denver Broncos and DeMarcus Lawrence of the Dallas Cowboys.

That’s good company to be in, of course. We wrote a little about the 49ers’ defensive line and their improvement against a poor Seattle offensive line and then, of course, we also talked about the sacks allowed by the Seahawks. Buckner didn’t get a sack, but he had several hurries and hit Russell Wilson a number of times.

Here’s what PFF had to say about Buckner:

Elite Stat: Buckner had the third-best pass-rush productivity score among defensive interior players at 18.2

Another player to see a boost thanks to facing a poor offensive line, DeForest Buckner tore the Seahawks offense to ribbons. Though he didn’t have a sack, he did take down Russell Wilson four times on hits and had five additional hurries to lead all defensive interior players in total pressures this week.

The 49ers expect big things out of Buckner, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas. For now, Buckner is out-performing those other two by a healthy margin through two games. But Thomas did look a lot better against Seattle than he did against the Carolina Panthers.

We’ll see if Buckner can keep up his strong play going in to Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. I do have to wonder if the 49ers will see any other players make it on the PFF weekly teams, and whether it will ever be an offensive player. I suppose, at the current rate, Carlos Hyde and Trent Brown stand a pretty decent chance, though those are very competitive positions.