49ers LB Dre Greenlaw Thinks Javon Kinlaw “Might Be Rookie of the 12 months”


Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts to a defensive cease in the course of the first half towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers in the course of the NFC Championship recreation at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California.

When the mud had settled on defensive finish Nick Bosa’s first season with the San Francisco 49ers, he was named the NFL‘s Defensive Rookie of the 12 months after racking up 9 common season sacks and elevating the 49ers’ defensive entrance to the perfect within the NFL.

Forward of the 2020 season, second-year San Francisco linebacker Dre Greenlaw thinks defensive sort out Javon Kinlaw, the newest first-round choose to affix the 49ers line of defense, might replicate Bosa’s rookie-year success.

Greenlaw spoke to reporters Wednesday about quite a lot of topics, however his phrases on Kinlaw have been particularly notable.

“I feel the best way that Bosa got here and performed and confirmed his expertise, I feel Kinlaw can do the identical factor and really nicely often is the defensive rookie of the yr,” Greenlaw mentioned. “I feel he has that potential. It’s going to be thrilling to be behind him and get an opportunity to play with him.”

Kinlaw joins San Francisco because the 14th general choose of the 2020 NFL Draft and with a formidable resume from his time at South Carolina, which noticed Kinlaw persistently carry out towards a few of the SEC’s greatest.

Greenlaw Speaks Additional on Kinlaw

The 49ers discovered themselves in an unlucky state of affairs this previous offseason with two Professional Bowl-caliber defensive lineman in Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner. Each have been deserving of recent, large contracts, however San Francisco might solely afford one, and needed to reduce their losses to be able to maintain the core of the workforce that went 15-Four and made Tremendous Bowl LIV.

49ers Basic supervisor John Lynch made the decision to deal Buckner and secured a 2020 first-round choose by sending the previous Oregon Duck to the Indianapolis Colts. He then adopted up with the smart transfer of changing the huge presence on the 49ers, with one other in Kinlaw.

Greenlaw mentioned that he understood why the 49ers wished Kinlaw because of the defensive sort out’s measurement and manufacturing.

“Simply an explosive, large man that may actually transfer,” Greenlaw mentioned. “He’s going to be an ideal three-technique for us and the best way that we play. It’s going to be thrilling to see his potential.”

Greenlaw added to his remark about Kinlaw’s match, saying he trusts head coach Kyle Shanahan and the remainder of the 49ers workers to get the defensive sort out up and working.

“Lynch and coach (Kyle) Shanahan, the blokes they get, they do nice job of growing them and getting guys who’re prepared to come back in and play and I feel we’ll have a pair guys who can are available in and positively fill in for Buckner.”

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Greenlaw on THAT Play Towards the Seahawks

When the NFC West title and big playoff implications are on the road, each participant has to step up.

Greenlaw exemplified that towards the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17, making the last-second, game-winning hit that stopped Seattle linebacker Jake Hollister from breaking  the goalline.

A while later, Greenlaw remembers it fondly however retains the second in perspective.

“I understand how large of a play it was on the time and what it helped us get to, however it doesn’t appear any larger or smaller now,” Greenlaw mentioned. “It was a memorable play and I’m glad to have been part of it. I’m additionally actually excited for subsequent season. Now that I do know I could make that play as soon as, I wish to do issues like that over and over.”

The final of his 92 regular-season tackles was simply his most essential, however the 49ers have to be inspired to see that he’s targeted on stepping ahead in his sophomore yr.

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Evan Reier is a sportswriter protecting the San Francisco 49ers for Heavy.com and native sports activities for the Montana Normal in Butte, MT. Comply with and attain out to him on Twitter at @evanreier.

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