To borrow Jim Harbaugh’s football jargon: “He had knock-back, he had two-gap, he had tackles, he had pressure.”
In Dorsey’s first season with the 49ers – his sixth season in the NFL – the defensive lineman has proven to be more than just valuable. He’s proven to be irreplaceable.
Dorsey’s 23 tackles and career high-tying two sacks through 12 games (nine starts) don’t tell half of the story.
“He missed one and was right back in there,” Harbaugh said, referencing the hamstring strain Dorsey suffered against the Cardinals in Week 6. “Quick healer on an injury that could have had him out longer. Speaks to his desire to contribute and to play. Can’t say enough good things about him.”
The quiet big man is not known to toot his own horn, around the locker room or anywhere else.
“When he does talk, it’s well thought out, it’s very insightful, kind of deep,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a good guy around the team. There’s no drama; he avoids drama. He’s extremely competitive and strong, good worker every day in practice. Sometimes you have to take him out because he wants to keep playing.”
If you want to see him playing in Hawaii, you know what to do.
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Another veteran enjoying a strong first season in San Francisco, Boldin broke out in Sunday's game, racking up nine catches on 13 targets for 98 yards – all team-highs. He has been to three Pro Bowls in 10 NFL campaigns.
Davis caught his team-leading 10th touchdown against St. Louis. His 16.8 yards per catch represents a career high. He seeks his second trip to Hawaii.
Rogers, who made the Pro Bowl in 2011, snared his second interception of the season in Week 12 action. He also showed his skills in nickel coverage, limiting Rams rookie Tavon Austin to 25 yards receiving.
Another strong performer in San Francisco's eighth win, Lee punted four times for a net average of 45.3 yards, pinning Austin and Co. inside their own 20-yard line on two occasions. "One of his better games," Harbaugh said.