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49ers' Nick Bosa, Dee Ford have been NFL's most productive pass rushers

49ers' Nick Bosa, Dee Ford have been NFL's most productive pass rushers

49ers general manager John Lynch and the rest of the front office had a clear plan this offseason: Find players who can attack the quarterback. 

The undefeated 49ers are causing chaos on opposing QBs through the first six weeks of the season. Much of that has to do with a big-time trade acquisition and their top draft pick. 

Defensive ends Dee Ford and rookie Nick Bosa haven't just upgraded the 49ers' defense, they have been Pro Football Focus' two most productive pass rushers in the entire NFL. Bosa leads Ford by 2.5 points, too. 

Ford, who the 49ers acquired from the Chiefs this offseason for a 2020 second-round draft pick, leads San Francisco with 3.5 sacks this season. Bosa is right behind with three of his own. 

The rookie has just missed finishing a sack time after time this season, too. He has the most quarterback hits on the team with nine, three ahead of Pro Bowl teammate DeForest Buckner. The dynamic duo has the 49ers defense firing on all cylinders so far this season. 

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The 49ers rank second in yards allowed per game (237.4), first in passing yards allowed per game (150.2), sixth in rushing yards allowed per game (87.2) and second in points allowed per game (12.8). Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is the lone QB to throw for more than 200 yards against San Francisco this season. 

With Bosa and Ford, it's clear the 49ers have one of the NFL's best pass-rushing duos for years to come.

49ers' Dee Ford injures hamstring, leaves Week 11 game vs. Cardinals

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49ers' Dee Ford injures hamstring, leaves Week 11 game vs. Cardinals

The hits keep on coming for the injury-riddled 49ers. 

Edge rusher Dee Ford left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium after injuring his hamstring. 

Ford has played in every game this season, but he has been limited by nagging knee and quadriceps injuries. The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch wrote last week that Ford has played in just 38 percent of the 49ers' defensive snaps this season, and Ford has not played in more than 50 percent of San Francisco's defensive snaps in a single game since Week 1.

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Still, Ford has been effective. Including Sunday's sack on No. 1 draft pick Kyler Murray, Ford has 6.5 sacks this season and given the 49ers' formidable pass rush another option for opposing offensive lines to worry about. 

The 49ers began Week 11 down three key offensive contributors (tight end George Kittle, left tackle Joe Staley and running back Matt Breida) and their kicker (Robbie Gould). They can now add Ford to their growing list of injured players. 

NFL rumors: Evaluators not blown away by Colin Kaepernick’s “average” workout

NFL rumors: Evaluators not blown away by Colin Kaepernick’s “average” workout

Colin Kaepernick showed off his arm strength in a highly publicized workout at a high school outside of Atlanta on Saturday, but the former 49ers quarterback reportedly didn't "blow away" any talent evaluators. 

Kaepernick showed he was "[good] enough to be on a roster, likely backup level" in the eyes of a "consensus scouting report" NFL Media's Ian Rapoport gathered, citing sources, but his colleague Mike Garafolo reported Sunday that there didn't seem to be much interest in Kaepernick. 

"He had to blow some teams away," Garafolo said Sunday on "NFL GameDay." "He didn't do that." 

Kaepernick's "velocity was real good" but his "[accuracy] and touch" were average, according to the scouting report Rapaport cited. 

Left unsaid in Garafalo and Rapaport's reporting is why Kaepernick needed to "blow some teams away," and it has little to do with his on-field ability.

Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the national anthem before games in the 2016 season, doing so to protest racial inequality and police brutality against African Americans. The 32-year-old consulted with former Green Beret Nate Boyer in deciding to kneel, but some, including President Donald Trump, criticized Kaepernick for what they perceived to be disrespect of the American flag. 

The 49ers, under new leadership after coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over the organization, told Kaepernick he would be released if he didn't opt out of his contract. Kaepernick opted out but has been unsigned ever since, and he ultimately settled a collusion lawsuit against the NFL in February. 

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In a brief statement to reporters after Saturday's workout, Kaepernick insisted he still wants to play football. 

"I've been ready for three years, and I've been denied for three years," Kaepernick said Saturday. "We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody -- we have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people."

If Garafolo's reporting is any indication, Kaepernick might not get that chance soon.