49ers DE Nick Bosa wants to build on strong 2021 season

Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) — Here’s a scary thought for NFL tackles and quarterbacks: Having spent his off-season honing his running moves instead of rehabilitating a knee injury that may be even more difficult to deal with this year. Maybe because he had a major 2021 season.

Back home in South Florida, Bossa worked with his brother, Joey, to refine how to best get after the quarterback just two-star ends.

It is far from 2021 when Nick Bosa spent the off-season working his way up from knee surgery and was not able to return to the practice area until just before the start of the season.

Bossa is already looking to dominate.

“He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen,” said defensive coordinator Demeko Ryan. “The way he acts and the way he shows and plays, it makes it easy. I know it’s not easy. He has hard work and effort day by day in which he puts in a lot of work. You see the fruits of his labor when he is away. He shows up, he’s about to get ready to go. ,

Already, Bossa has won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2019, when he had nine sacks in the regular season and four more in a playoff run that ended in a Super Bowl defeat to Kansas City.

Bossa dislocated his knee in Week 2 in 2020, but returned to recovery in 2021, picking up where he left off, despite getting 15 1/2 sacks in the regular season and four more on-field assignments in the playoffs recorded. off season.

This raised the expectations even more.

After lining almost primarily on the right as a rookie to accommodate Dee Ford’s preference to race from the left, Bossa moved more last season and line coach Chris Kokurek gave Bossa more freedom. .

Bosa said he plans to go back and forth across the camp to become equally skilled and comfortable on both sides to make planning crimes against him more difficult.

“Sometimes I get fixed on one side and then I move to the other side and I feel a little awkward,” he said. “So I’m making it such a thing that I’m turning up every period, no matter what, to find similar work.”

This gives Bossa the opportunity to work on his full complement of pass-rush moves instead of working against the many different tackles in camp and going against All-Pro Trent Williams over and over again.

A big year at Bossa will only increase the price San Francisco will have to pay to keep Bossa when his rookie deal expires after the 2023 season. General Manager John Lynch said at the start of the camp that the team was in no hurry to expand them, preferring to wait until next season as he entered his final year.

“You never say never,” Lynch said of an initial detail. “But here’s what I do know: As long as we’re here, Nick Bossa is going to be a part of the Niners and he’ll be paid handsomely for doing so.”

Comments: DT Maurice Hurst tore his biceps in practice on Friday and will likely miss the entire season. … DT Hasan Ridgeway (Quadriceps) will be sidelined in a couple of weeks. … WR Deebo Samuel remains out of practice as he works on getting a new contract. “I know they are grinding through this,” said coach Kyle Shanahan. “Nothing’s done yet, but I know they’re working through it.”

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