One player who is looking to bounce back from a torn biceps injury which forced him to miss the entire 2014 season is eight-year veteran DE Glenn Dorsey. The former first-round pick (No. 5) of the 2008 NFL Draft, it appears Dorsey will likely anchor DE Justin Smith’s old role on the right side.
He’s one of the guys I was talking about last night after watching tape as a staff,” 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula said. “Glenn, he’s wonderful. And he’s a really, really good player,” Tomsula told beat writers at today’s press conference.
Dorsey, who played defensive end in a 3-4 base while with the Kansas City Chiefs under then head coach Todd Haley, will now go back and fill that role with the 49ers after playing nose tackle in 2013. A player that is versatile enough to play both the zero and four technique, it will be Dorsey’s leadership that will be counted on the most, as he helps mentor players like DE Quinton Dial, DE Tank Carradine and DE Arik Armstead.
But the question remains, can Dorsey make a similar impact to that of Cowboy? I would say no. However, that’s not to say that he won’t have a Pro Bowl type season, as Dorsey is one of the best at occupying multiple blockers, which will do wonders for OLB Aldon Smith and his sack numbers.
Yesterday, we saw a glimpse of the first team defense and I don’t expect that lineup to change Week 1 as Dorsey, NT Ian Williams, and Dial will be the entrenched starters heading into the season.
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