According to Albert Breer, the San Francisco 49ers hosted four players for tryouts on Monday. Three of them were edge rushers: Kendall Coleman, DeVonte Lambert, and Cameron Malveaux. The team also hosted linebacker David Kenney. With Nick Bosa and Dee Ford both sitting out of practice with injuries, the team is looking for depth on the edge, so other players don’t have to take more reps than they have to. The natural reaction to the Niners working out multiple edge rushers is asking whether Ford or Bosa’s injury is more serious than the team is leading on.
Coleman was a four-year starter at Syracuse. The 6’3”, 253-pound edge rusher was known for having good technique, but lacking the physical traits that would “wow” an evaluator. NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein called Coleman a practice squad candidate:
“Marginal athlete with average physical traits who has put in the work to become stronger, more durable, and more skilled as a rusher. Coleman lacks functional edge speed and needs to continue working in the lab to manipulate and manufacture rush at an NFL level.”
Lambert started five games for Tampa Bay in 2016 while appearing in 11 games, but hasn’t been in the NFL since. Lambert was placed on the injured reserve the following season after tearing his ACL.