Tony Jefferson eager to remind people of the player he is with the 49ers

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San Francisco 49ers safety Tony Jefferson missed the entirety of the 2020 season as he recovered from a torn ACL sustained the prior season with the Baltimore Ravens.

Now having last played in an NFL game in Oct. 2019, Jefferson can’t wait to show the league what he’s still capable of.

Sitting out a year, you just completely miss everything,” Jefferson said on the NFL Network. “You just want to put your hand in the pile at this point. For me, being undrafted, it’s like starting all over again and just going out there and proving yourself and making a name. Cause, you know, you sit out a year, a lot of people forget. Forget who you are, forget what you’ve done, and it’s time for me to remind people.”

Jefferson had come off a pair of really strong seasons with the Ravens before his injury in 2019 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was off to a great start that year as well before being sidelined. While he worked to recover from the knee injury, he was unable to find a team that wanted to bring him in last year.

The 49ers signed Jefferson last month and he brings veteran experience to a safety position that dealt with injuries themselves last season. Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward each dealt with injuries last season in San Francisco.

Jefferson is eager to show that he’s still got it after getting back to full strength.

“I’m excited to just to be able to put my hand in the pile, work my tail off and prove myself,” Jefferson said. “Like I said, taking a year off for a guy who’s been playing since four years old, words can’t really express how excited I am for this opportunity.”

3 responses to “Tony Jefferson eager to remind people of the player he is with the 49ers

  1. Jefferson is past his prime and is nowhere near the same player he once was. I don’t see how Jefferson helps them, Dude didn’t even play last year. The 49ers secondary is terrible heading into 2021. The 49ers defense as a whole is way over rated heading into 2021 especially their pass rush slash front seven. Bosa is a stud but he’s injury prone and will take some time to get his legs back under him again coming off a severe knee injury. Dee Ford has been a huge bust in SF, his back is gone as he is extremely injury prone basically living on IR. Outside of those two SF doesn’t have much in terms of edge rushers. Arik Armstead is a chronic underachiever as in 6 years he’s only been good for 2.5-3.5 sacks per season only posting more than 3.5 sacks ONCE and that was in a contract year so Armstead is who he is at this point. DT Javon Kinlaw is still very raw needing to develop playing 54% of the snaps posting 1.5 sacks, 4 QB Hits and 3TFLs in 14 games. AZs 4th round pick 6”5/330pd Leki Fotu was better as a rookie posting 1.5 sacks, 4TFLs and 3 QB Hits in three less games playing just 11 games and just 26% of the snaps compared to Kinlaw playing 54% of the snaps last season. And SFs defense has been very prone to injury the last few seasons and are they’ll need everyone to stay healthy this next season if they’re going to do anything. With as bad as the 49ers secondary is their defense is going to get exploited next season if their pass rush struggles.
    The SF 49ers defense is way over hyped heading into 2021 and with the questions they have offensively esp at QB I think they’re being way over hyped this off season.

  2. It’s hard to root against Jefferson, but he is squarely on the roster bubble. Tarvarius Moore tearing his Achilles in OTA’s opens up a slot, but 5th round pick Hufanaga is definitely going to make the roster, and the team also likes Jared Mayben and Tavon Wilson. We’ll see.

  3. “hawkkiller says:”


    As soon as I read the above two words I knew what would follow…. a rambling string of nonsense spouted by a member of a rare and endangered species… an Arizona Cardinals fan.

    Remarkably still looking for their 1st Super Bowl and still…. the same ole Cards smh

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