PITTSBURGH – 49ers star pass rusher Nick Bosa has Brock Purdy back.
The Defensive Player of the Year may not play on the same side of the ball as the quarterback, but he has a great appreciation for what Purdy went through on his way back on the field.
“Purdy silenced some haters,” Bosa said Sunday after the 49ers’ 30-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I think when someone comes back from injury, people don’t expect him to make another leap in year two. I’m happy for him. He’s exactly what we thought he would be.”
What a comeback. Purdy completed 19 of 29 pass attempts for 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Iowa State product looked calm and his usual calm self while orchestrating nearly 400 yards of offense in the club’s Week 1 win.
Bosa understands what the quarterback was facing after returning from injury as the star edge rusher returned from an ACL injury in 2021.
“You definitely need to prove people wrong and show you are the same player,” Bosa said. “I’m glad he made an amazing recovery. I think it was quicker than anyone expected, so he was able to get reps throughout the offseason. He’s definitely a good leader for us.”
Although Bosa did not suffer any dismissals in the club’s opening match, he certainly made an impact. The Ohio State product drew attention away from the other side of the line, allowing defensive end Drake Jackson to collect three sacks on Steelers signal caller Kenny Pickett.
Teammates Javon Hargrave and Kerry Hyder also recorded a quarterback sack each.
While 49ers fans will have to wait another week for the All-Pro to have another chance to record his first sack since signing a massive $170 million extension, Bosa will stand behind his quarterback just happy to know Purdy is back in action, he predicted. .
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