The San Francisco 49ers continue to churn the bottom of their roster as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the team is working out former Raiders' third-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft Eddie Vanderdoes.
The defensive tackle finished his rookie season without any sacks, had two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits. Vanderdoes started 13 games in 2017.
Vanderdoes tore his ACL in Week 17 of his rookie year and didn’t play in 2018. He appeared in three games with the Texans late in 2019. Vanderdoes opted out of the 2020 regular season.
Health has been an issue for the former 5-star recruit dating back to his days at UCLA. But, talent hasn’t been an issue.
Raiders fans will tell you to go watch Week 1 from 2018 against the Titans, where Vanderdoes was throwing around grown men and rag dolling them as if they were teenagers.
Early on in training camp, a change of scenery has worked for Maurice Hurst and Arden Key, who said his Raiders situation was “just bad all around for me. Bad system. It just wasn’t the right fit for me. I had to get out.” Perhaps the same could be true for Vanderdoes.
With Arik Armstead nursing a groin injury, and Samson Ebukam dealing with leg soreness while Nick Bosa and Dee Ford work their way back from injuries, bodies are needed along the defensive line.
We’ll see if Vanderdoes passes his physical and proves that he’s in shape to play. You can’t ask for a better opportunity than playing on this stacked 49ers defensive line.