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49ers' Nick Bosa snubbed from Madden 21 ratings of top 10 pass rushers

49ers' Nick Bosa snubbed from Madden 21 ratings of top 10 pass rushers

Gather around people, it's time to yell about video game rankings again. No really, this time we have a solid reason. 

As Madden NFL 21 ratings trickle out, there was a real head scratcher on Wednesday. Nick Bosa, the 49ers' star edge rusher, somehow isn't among the top 10 pass rushers in the game. 

Bosa, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, had a historic season last year. He recorded nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 25 QB hits as he won Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa even added four more sacks in the playoffs and forced a fumble in Super Bowl LIV. 

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His advanced stats were even more impressive, which further questions Madden's reasoning. Pro Football Focus gave Bosa a pass-rush grade of 85.6, good for seventh-best among all edge defenders who were credited with at least 300 pass rushes. The only players ahead of him were T.J. Watt, Myles Garrett, Joey Bosa, Chandler Jones, J.J. Watt and Za'Darius Smith.

Bosa's 89.8 overall PFF grade was second to only T.J. Watt. That same grade was the third-best by a rookie edge rusher since 2006. It was better than Khalil Mack (86.9), and only Von Miller (90.0) and Aldon Smith (90.5) were better. Bosa applied 80 total pressures in the regular season, according to PFF, which is 14 more than any rookie in the PFF era.

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There's no reason to believe Bosa won't be anything but better in Year 2. What else does he need to prove to those who do these Madden ratings? Add a Defensive Player of the Year award? 

Whatever form of stats you seek, Bosa was a nightmare for opposing QBs last season. Bosa is rated 89 overall by Madden, which is good for fourth overall on the 49ers. But hey, we're here to be mad. 

So yes, yell away. The very bad, and very mean, video game creators got this one wrong.

NFL rumors: Seahawks 'talking to both' Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews

NFL rumors: Seahawks 'talking to both' Everson Griffen, Clay Matthews

Jadeveon Clowney no longer fits into the Seattle Seahawks' plans -- nor is he a consideration for the 49ers -- due to the free agent's salary demands. It's difficult to see a path in which he would return for a second season with the Seahawks -- that is, unless he significantly lowered those demands.

Nobody, including the Seahawks, is counting on that. Consequently, they reportedly have turned their attention to two other free agent pass-rushers: Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews.

NFL Media's Mike Silver reported Thursday that Seattle could soon come to an agreement with one or both of the veteran free agents.

"The Seahawks' price has come way down," Silver said. "Clowney's price, if anything, is above their original $15 million-plus offer. So, maybe the (Tennessee) Titans, but we'll see on Clowney. But yeah, Everson Griffen -- long career with the (Minnesota) Vikings -- and then Clay Matthews, who had I thought a pretty good year with the (Los Angeles) Rams after he was healthy after his long run in Green Bay. Two former (USC) Trojans who can get after the passer. They are talking to both and I think a move could come pretty quickly, at least with one of them."

Griffen was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round in 2010 and has spent his entire career with the franchise up to this point, amassing 74.5 career sacks over that span. Matthews, meanwhile, spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Packers before joining the Rams for this past season. He has totaled 91.5 sacks over 11 seasons, including 8.0 in 2019.

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Both Griffen and Matthews would present a significant upgrade for Seattle's pass rush, particularly considering Clowney is unlikely to be a part of it. The Seahawks' 28 sacks last season tied for the second-fewest in the NFL. Their adjusted sack rate also ranked 30th in the league, and that was with Clowney.

While Griffen and Matthews have both been productive, neither is the potential game-wrecker that Clowney is. Nonetheless, should Seattle add one or both of them, it should only make the Seahawks more competitive within the NFC West.

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49ers' Nick Bosa expects Javon Kinlaw to 'kill it' in rookie season

49ers' Nick Bosa expects Javon Kinlaw to 'kill it' in rookie season

Nick Bosa already had no doubts 49ers rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw would be able to immediately compete in the NFL due to his strength.

And after taking part in an offseason of video meetings and seeing him for a short period of time on the 49ers’ practice field, Bosa is confident Kinlaw will not be overwhelmed mentally, either.

“Javon is a really good kid,” said Bosa, 22, who also happens to be 20 days younger than Kinlaw.

The 49ers selected Kinlaw with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to, in effect, take the spot of DeForest Buckner, whom San Francisco traded to the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason for a first-round pick.

“He’s really hard-working in the meeting room,” Bosa said of Kinlaw. “He knows all his stuff really well. He doesn’t seem like a rookie out there. We’ve only been out to a couple of walk-throughs so far and he knows his stuff. He doesn’t look like a rookie.”

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When Bosa said Kinlaw doesn't look like a rookie, he also means that his body type is impressive. Kinlaw is listed at 6-foot-5, 319 pounds.

“He’s one of the biggest humans I’ve ever seen in person," Bosa added. "That says a lot when you’ve had Arik (Armstead) and Buck on your team. I’m just excited for him to have this opportunity, and I think he’s going to kill it.”

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