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PFF lists Elvis Dumervil as 49ers ‘secret weapon’

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The 49ers will need him stepping up against the Arizona Cardinals.

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The San Francisco 49ers roster featured a ton of turnover this offseason, and we are starting to see some of the offseason plan paying off. There is a lot of work to do, but we are seeing some progress in different areas.

One aspect of the 49ers game plan that has remained relatively inconsistent is the pass rush. Arik Armstead is still getting comfortable working on the edge in the base defense, and Aaron Lynch remains a bit inconsistent. However, one veteran addition has quietly put together a strong three games.

Pro Football Focus put together a look at the top “secret weapon” for each of the 32 NFL teams through three weeks. For the 49ers, PFF pointed to edge rusher Elvis Dumervil. Here’s what they had to say about his first three weeks.

Dumervil is the very definition of a situational player at this stage of his career. Forty-one of his 48 snaps this season have been pass rushes. This has been his specialty throughout his career, and 2017 has been no different. His eight total pressures rank fifth among the league's 4-3 defensive ends in pass-rush productivity.

The 49ers signed Dumervil in June near the end of the offseason workout program. It was clear he would be coming in as a situational pass rusher, and he is excelling in that role.

Dumervil could be a key cog this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona run game is struggling in a big way, which could mean significantly more passing down situations. The 49ers need to get pressure on Palmer, as he has struggled under pressure this year. If the 49ers can get anything close to consistent pressure on Palmer, they might have a chance to spring an upset in the desert.