He’s absolutely essential to San Francisco’s overall success. Without Justin Smith in the lineup, it wouldn’t be the same 49ers defense. Smith leads by example, inspires teammates and dominates in the trenches.
The four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle means that much to the 49ers defense, as noted by Adam Schein of NFL.com.
When compiling nine of the most indispensable players in the NFL today, San Francisco’s stout defensive tackle was placed at No. 4 on the list.
“Both NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, the best linebacker combination in the league, have told me Smith is the most important player on the Niners’ defense,” Schein wrote. “He’s tough. He’s clutch. He takes on blockers and frees up other players.
“Smith sets the tone in practice and in games. He’s the Energizer Bunny on one of the truly elite defenses in the league.”
Smith is on the mend this offseason. He hasn’t taken part in Organized Team Activities, but has been around to help out younger teammates on the defensive line. Currently, Smith’s working his way back from offseason triceps surgery. Smith, however, is back in the weight room getting himself ready for his 13th season.
In regards to the offensive side of the ball, Schein placed 49ers tight end Vernon Davis at No. 5 on the key offensive figures list.
Today’s Morning Tailgate features additional 49ers-related headlines and the latest on Levi’s® Stadium.
Peter King of SI.com spent time with Colin Kaepernick and discussed how the 49ers quarterback came to San Francisco in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared an offseason medical report on the 49ers roster.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined Anquan Boldin’s importance to the 2013 team.
NFL.com shared that Levi’s® Brand has trademarked “Field of Jeans” and “Win one for the zipper.”
49ers CEO Jed York shared some of the visions for the team’s future home at the “All Things Digital Conference.”
The Bay Area Sports Guy believes Colin Kaepernick might be the biggest star in the Bay Area.
49ers.com caught up with new kicker Phil Dawson, a veteran who is getting in extra work this offseason.
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