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How do you grade 49ers free agent addition Brock Coyle?

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Time to grade every 49ers roster addition from the 2017 offseason. Today, we look at linebacker Brock Coyle.

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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the 2017 season and have begun their work to prepare for 2018 free agency and the draft. We’ll be breaking down plenty of what that means, but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at the season that was for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo capture our imagination, but the 49ers rebuilding process was extensive last year. We are going to take a look at every notable addition and provide a forum for grading how that signing, trade, or draft pick worked out.

Brock Coyle, Linebacker
How acquired: Signed to a 1-year, $1.45 million contract

Undrafted in 2014 out of Montana, Brock Coyle joined the Seattle Seahawks for the first three season of his career before signing a one-year deal with the 49ers this past offseason. Coyle was primarily a special teams player in his three seasons with Seattle, but he took on a prominent starting role in San Francisco in the wake of injuries at the various linebacker positions.

Coyle wound up playing in all 16 games, and finished the season with 64 combined tackles, a forced fumble, a pass deflection, four stuffs and half a sack. Coyle was fourth on the team in total tackles, behind Eric Reid, Reuben Foster and Dontae Johnson.

He participated in 646 defensive snaps, or 57.42 percent of them. He also played on 191 special teams snaps, or 41.16 percent of them. All of Johnson, Reid, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas and Ahkello Witherspoon out-snapped Coyle on the defensive side of the ball.

Given all of that, I’d say he was fairly productive, though his potential for big plays is fairly low. He takes good angles on his tackling, but isn’t the kind of player who jumps a route or sniffs out a big play action for a huge loss.

I think, ultimately, Coyle was more productive than anybody expected as a starter. He seems to fit in well with the 49ers and I’d be all for the team giving him a new contract this offseason, but I also don’t think they should be paying him anything more than what is average for a decent starter at the position, especially because it’s possible Coyle is relegated to more of a backup role next season.


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