Kerry Hyder is playing more for the 49ers because of Nick Bosa’s season-ending knee injury, but that doesn’t mean the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year has been forgotten.
Late in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 36-9 road win over the New York Giants on Sunday, Hyder rushed quickly around Giants right tackle Cameron Fleming and wrapped up quarterback Daniel Jones for a sack. Hyder quickly broke out Bosa’s traditional sack celebration.
“Just wanted him to know that we’re always thinking about him,” Hyder said. “He is always on our mind when we’re playing. I know he was watching us, and we just wanted to make sure that he saw we were playing hard and that we love him.”
Hyder believed the 49ers had a great week of practice that translated to the game, and his performance was proof. He consistently put pressure on Jones and came away with three quarterback hits, one tackle for loss and one sack.
The 49ers’ defensive line held the Giants to just 66 rushing yards, most of which came from off-schedule runs by Jones. The Giants QB led his team with 49 rushing yards, and the 17 remaining yards came from three different running backs.
Fred Warner has been impressed by what he has seen from the 49ers’ reconstructed defensive line thus far. The linebacker led the team with seven total tackles, one pass breakup and a first-half interception that changed the momentum of the game.
“The big boys up front did an outstanding job,” Warner said. “I’m excited to watch the tape and see how guys were disrupting things.”
After a staggering amount of injuries in their first visit to MetLife Stadium, the 49ers’ defensive line left Sunday’s game mostly intact. The 49ers headed back to Santa Clara to prepare for an 0-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles team in Week 4.