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Kyle Shanahan has Cassius Marsh’s back in the edge rusher discussion

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The 49ers didn’t do much in terms of drafting pass rushers, Kyle Shanahan explained why, much to the surprise of his current recently signed pass rusher.

The 2018 NFL draft has concluded and it’s a mixed bag as far as reactions to the San Francisco 49ers draft picks are concerned. Some trust the process, others are worried the ghost of Trent Baalke is returning. One of the bigger questions was the organizations lack of aggression in looking for a legitimate pass-rusher. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were presented with this question Saturday afternoon. Shanahan had this to say:

You’ve got to be pretty good to beat out [DL Cassius] Marsh. You’ve got to be pretty good to beat out [DL Arik] Armstead. You don’t just get guys. If you get them, someone else has got to get cut and we’ve got a pretty good group.

Not all players are paying close attention to their social media, but Cassius Marsh seemed to be. He noticed Joe Fann tweeting oiut the statement. Marsh took to Twitter to speak his own thoughts on getting brought up in this conversation:

If you can’t see the caption, Marsh had this to say:

This right here gave me chills and almost brought tears to my eyes. To go from never feeling appreciated and having to prove myself every single day. To knowing my Coaching staff and GM have my back and trust my work ethic and talent is an indescribable feeling. I am so grateful but never satisfied! I will never lose this chip on my shoulder and will continue to grind every single day. Because in the league, any day could be your last! #goniners #lovethegrind

Marsh has been all over the place. He started as a fourth round pick for the Seattle Seahawks, was traded to the New England Patriots three years later, waived, and then claimed by the 49ers. He has six career sacks, half of which came in 2017 when he played for the 49ers.

The 49ers actions in the draft indicate they are satisfied enough with the development of their current roster that they didn’t see a need to grab a dedicated pass rusher, and Marsh may be one of the reasons why. Time will tell if he’s the reason they passed on a dedicated pass rusher, but it sounds like they are happy with who they have.