The star defender’s 2020 season was cut short due to an ACL tear, but some good news is that head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed on Monday that Bosa should be able to return to practice in a few days.
“That’s what we’re hoping for,” Shanahan told reporters. “I think if we stay on track, I think we’ll see him next week.”
Bosa, a former second overall pick out of Ohio State in the 2019 NFL Draft, made his mark in the league right away. He recorded 47 total tackles as a rookie, 16 for loss, and 9.0 sacks. He also recovered two fumbles and one interception.
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George Kittle Hypes Up 49ers’ 2021 Defense
49ers’ own tight end, George Kittle joined NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” this offseason where he shared his enthusiasm for a bounce-back 2021 season, specifically on defense.
“I don’t know if you guys saw this but Nick Bosa is coming back and we re-signed Trent Williams. So those guys are pretty good at football from what I remember. They’re pretty decent,” Kittle said.
While the 49ers endured an injury-plagued season, their defense still managed to rank fifth in total defense, fourth in passing defense and finish as the seventh-best rushing defense. Kittle expects their numbers to look similar to 2019 with Bosa’s return.
“On the opposite side of Nick Bosa, you’ve got Dee Ford. You’ve got Arik Armstead,” Kittle added. “Now we bring back our All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner and the two young guys outside of him who’ve been learning (and) had a great OTAs. And we bring back five starters in the secondary. Our defense is scary. It was shown in the Super Bowl. If you can’t move the ball against a defense, you can’t put up points. Defense wins championships at the end of the day.”
Both Bosa and Warner Rank High In PFF’s Top 25
Both Warner and Bosa have become the anchors to the Niners’ defense over the last two seasons.