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How do you grade 49ers free agent addition Leger Douzable?

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Time to grade every 49ers roster addition from the 2017 offseason. Today, we look at defensive end Leger Douzable.

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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.

Leger Douzable, Defensive End
How acquired: Signed as a free agent October 17th - cap details.

The Niners signed 31-year-old Douzable twice this year. In the middle of training camp, they added him as depth on the defensive line after a number of injuries. Though he played well, he was released in the final roster cuts.

That experience paid off, though. When Arik Armstead broke his hand in mid-October, the 49ers signed Douzable and immediately put him in the starting lineup at DE.

The veteran’s second game, against Philadelphia, was easily the best of his nine-year career. Against one of the NFL’s elite offensive lines, he racked up five tackles, two sacks, a pass deflection, and two quarterback hits.

For comparison, in Douzable’s entire previous career — 107 games over 8 years — he had a combined total of 6.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.

Better yet, he did all of that facing Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson. How impressive is that? Consider this recap of Johnson’s 2017 season, during which PFF has rated him the league’s best right tackle.

Where Johnson asserted his dominance was his greatness amongst the competition he faced: Ryan Kerrigan (twice), Justin Houston, Jason Pierre-Paul (twice), Joey Bosa, Von Miller, DeMarcus Lawrence (twice), Michael Bennett, and Khalil Mack. The group combined for 86.5 sacks in 2017, Johnson didn’t allow a single one to any of those players.

Johnson allowed just one sack on the season, to Leger Douzable in Week 8 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Unfortunately, Douzable could not maintain that level of production. He played just three more games all year, totalling 13 combined tackles and a stuff. Once Tank Carradine and Solomon Thomas returned from injury, he was mostly inactive the rest of the season.

Given that the team is emphasizing youth, and they didn’t even play the run specialist against the three dominant run offenses they faced in games 14-16, it doesn’t look like he factors into the team’s plans going forward.

But we’ll always have Philly.

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How do you grade the Leger Douzable free agent signing?

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