As the San Francisco 49ers prepare to move on from troubled but talented pass-rusher OLB Aldon Smith, it will be up to second-year OLB Aaron Lynch to now fulfill that role.
A player that has been out of shape for most of the off-season, as he has been dealing with numerous injuries including a hamstring and lower back, it appears that Lynch is now back in the mix as he nurses himself back to health.
During his rookie season last year, Lynch’s playing weight was at 260. Fast forward to today and he currently weighs 272. A far cry from the shredded 260 pound man but rest assured he will be ready to start the season Week 1 despite this minor setback.
A source close to the situation told me that 49ers GM Trent Baalke and company wants him to be around 264 by opening day.
In 16 games last year, Lynch was easily the team’s best pass-rusher while finishing the season with 23 tackles, 6.0 sacks, four pass break-ups and one blocked punt.
With the 49ers and Lynch doing everything they can to ensure he is football ready, look for him to shine in 2015 as he is poised to have a breakout season.
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