The 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on Arik Armstead’s contract, but it’s guaranteed only for injury. The defensive lineman has much to prove this season, in his fourth season, after missing 18 games over the past two years.
The 49ers know it. Fans know it. He knows it.
Arik’s going to do a lot of things for us this year, 49ers defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina said. I think he’s more comfortable this year than last year. We tried him at a few spots last year, and I think he’s really starting to feel comfortable at that big end spot and inside pass-rusher on pass downs. I think he has more of a defined role.
How bad were the Raiders at intercepting opposing quarterbacks last season?
Safety Karl Joseph’s interception in Week 14 was the first by a defensive back last season; Sean Smith had two against Dallas the following week, which were the only interceptions by a cornerback all season.
We made a big emphasis on turning the ball over, new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. Obviously, it’s a big part of what we talk about in our meeting rooms. Turning the ball over, getting it back to our offense. We’ve had some opportunities and you see the guys are getting excited about it. It’s good to see that they’re all running down there, chasing the guy after he intercepts the ball. It’s been good. We’ve gotten our hands on a lot of balls, we just have to catch them more.
The four-time Pro Bowler started all 48 games during his three seasons with the Bills. Incognito, who turns 35 in July, suddenly retired in April, citing health concerns from his personal physician, but multiple reports indicated his contract played a major role. Incognito reportedly asked the Bills to address his contract in the days before he posted I’m done via Twitter.