49ers DeForest Buckner channels Justin Smith’s unselfish move


The San Francisco 49ers' DeForest Buckner (99) Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, works out at the team's training camp in Santa Clara, California, alongside defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA – DeForest Buckner lined up on the right side of the 49ers defensive line. At the snap, he immediately engaged the Chicago Bears left tackle, hooked him with his right arm and then simultaneously took on the Bears left guard.

Meanwhile, Cassius Marsh rushed in untouched from the right edge to sack quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and force a fumble on a pivotal, third-down play.

The San Francisco 49ers’ DeForest Buckner (99) Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, works out at the team’s training camp in Santa Clara, California, alongside defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

To summarize: Don’t fret that Buckner went without a tackle for the first time in his career as the 49ers emerged with a 15-14 win.

That “grab-speed” move which Buckner made to spring Marsh free is exactly what Justin Smith unselfishly did many times for Aldon Smith in the 2011-14 seasons.

“I’ve seen Justin do that a lot in his career,” Buckner said. “I thought it was ironic that we did that and he was at the game.”

Smith, who retired after the 2014 season, indeed attended Sunday’s game. And he got a shoutout in film review this week from coach Kyle Shanahan, who showed the Buckner-Marsh play in film review and referred to Buckner’s fine impression of Smith.

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