The Niners officially announced the signing of Ezekiel Ansah, who spent six seasons with the Detriot Lions and was the fifth-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ansah’s 48 sacks are the fourth-most in Lions history. Ansah also has two playoff appearances. In 2015, Ansah was named Associated Press Second-Team All-Pro and earned Pro Bowl honors after finishing the season ranked third in the NFL with a career-high 14.5 sacks. He will reunite with defensive line coach Kris Kocurek in San Francisco.
Ansah will wear No. 98.
The other corresponding move made was promoting Dion Jordan from the practice squad to the active roster. Jordan played with the Raiders during 2019, where he appeared in seven games and finished the season with two sacks. He spent all of training camp with the 49ers. I thought Jordan was the more productive pass rusher than Ansah last season, but Jordan did not impress during training camp. Hopefully, that changes during the games. Jordan doesn’t have to be a star; he needs to be a competent pass rusher. It’ll be fascinating to see both his and Ansah’s usage. With the Raiders last season, Jordan was primarily used on stunts and would often line up inside Oakland’s sub-packages.