49ers’ D.J. Jones: the unsung hero of a mighty defense

Nov 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM--


The nose tackle is quietly leading the San Francisco 49ers' dynamic run defense.
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Jimmy Garoppolo is entering the 2020 season with little or no concern about the ACL injury he suffered on September 23, 2018. There are other concerns, of course, like COVID-19 and the lack of an offseason's worth of practices, but his knee is not among them anymore. Garoppolo should still have one of the league's best defenses and a top rushing attack to support him. Those two things were key in last season's division championship, and Super Bowl run. Head coach Kyle Shanahan also pointed out that the defense and run game were crucial in Garoppolo's return from his injury, and helped take much of the pressure off the quarterback. "Our defense carried us at the beginning of the year," Shanahan told his friend, Chris Simms, on the

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By Levin T. Black
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