49ers 90-in-90: 2020 is a year of upswing for Ronald Blair


Breakdown of the 90 players of the 49er repertoire out of season to 90 posts (over 90 days or so). Today, marginal striker Ronald Blair

Ronald Blair improved from 2018 to 2019 and in 2018 Blair did not start a game for the San Francisco 49ers, but played about 50 percent of the snaps. He finished the year with 5.5 bags, but only 12 prints out of 338 passes. In 2019, Blair stormed the passerby 112 times and ended the year with seven snaps and three sacks. Blair also ended the year with 13 passes, seven fewer than the year before, although he played a total of 199 passes, compared to 534 the previous season. Blair went from being a man who cleans up to a man who makes games. He was consistently good against run and pass and an ideal substitute because with Blair on the field there was no steep drop.

Blair lost the middle of the season after he dismissed Russell Wilson with a torn ACL. If Blair hadn’t been injured, he would have finished the season with impressive numbers and would probably be in another team. The Browns were interested, but Blair signed with the Niners again for a one-year contract worth $2.2 million.

Basic Information

Age: 27 (became 27 years old on 21 January 2019)

Experience: Four accumulated seasons

Height: 6’2″.

Weight: 284 lbs

Status of the cap

Blair signed a $2.2975 million contract with the 49ers. The entire contract is guaranteed. Blair is a four-year qualifier and will have a reduced salary cap. Since the contract is guaranteed, the 49ers would owe $2.2 million in dead money if Blair were released by the team.

Why he might take a step backwards in 2020

It is difficult to improve when you are not on the field. Blair’s staging could take a step back if he’s unable to win the third pass. Robert saleh loves him. “If you want to win, use Ronnie” was a popular quote from Saleh’s last training camp. Blair could start the season on the PUP list. When you have a team full of talent and you’re not on the field, you leave the door open for someone else to come in and fill in. The 49ers have a veteran like Kerry Hyder or former CFL player Jonathan Kongbo who could surprise.

Why he could improve in 2020

Blair will get better when he’s healthy. It’s that simple. Blair is a perfect fit for the 49ers’ defence because he is one of the few substitutes who can win his 1-1 chances. Blair is versatile enough to play anywhere. In 2019 he played a few snapshots as a linebacker. That tells you how much Saleh and defensive coach Kris Kocurek are going on the defensive. The players they played last year alongside Blair? Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, and Dee Ford. Blair can play. Let’s hope for a full season of Blair with a talented defense.


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