Losing Ronald Blair is a big blow for the San Francisco 49ers. The edge rusher was playing 37% of the snaps, and that allowed the team to keep Dee Ford fresh and give Nick Bosa a breather when he needed one. After dominating the AAF, the Niners signed Damontre Moore this spring. He did everything you could ask during the preseason and was the most productive pass rusher on the team. Per himself, Moore will be back with the 49ers.
Will the team leave it up to Moore to replace those 15-25 snaps Blair was playing a game? We’ll see. Julian Taylor is the other option. Ford—who played 31% of the snaps Monday night—may be called upon for a larger role as the season goes along. With the competition improving, he may have had to play more regardless of Blair’s injury.
At this point in the season, it would have been difficult to find a player that can come close to replacing Blair’s production. Moore was great in the preseason, but that’s against guys who are no longer on NFL rosters.
Let’s say Blair was playing at a B+ level for a backup. If Moore can give the team B- type of play, everyone will be happy.
Blair III appeared in each of the team’s nine games this season and registered 21 tackles, 3.0 sacks and the first fumble recovery of his career. He has been placed on the injured reserve.