DT - FA
Week 14 Outlook
After a successful tryout, the San Francisco 49ers are signing former first-round pick, Robert Nkemdiche, per Aaron Wilson of the Pro Football Network.
Nkemdiche is a 6-foot-3, 296-pound defensive tackle who was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, despite having excellent speed and athleticism for his size, he never reached his expected potential in Arizona before being cut in 2019 after just three seasons. He then went on to spend time with the Seahawks and Dolphins before now getting another shot in San Fran. Hopefully, after a successful tryout, he has found a long-term home with the 49ers where he will look to re-spark his career at 27 years old.
Nkemdiche has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, Adam Schefter reports.
The former first-rounder played his first three seasons with the Cardinals and will get a fresh start with Miami. He's recovering from a torn ACL sustained in December and was placed immediately on the PUP list. Nkemdiche never realized his full potential with Arizona, struggling with off-the-field issues and injuries.
Arizona DT Robert Nkemdiche registered three solo tackles and one sack in their week one matchup with Washington.
Nkemdiche had several nice pressures on Washington QB Alex Smith, but for the rest of the game he was largely invisible. He recorded a phantom sack by touching Smith as he was heading out of bounds for a one yard loss off a QB scramble. Nkemdiche is yet another Arizona defender with immense talent who doesn't flash nearly often enough.
Robert Nkemdiche (calf) is expected to make his season debut in Week 2 against the Colts.
Nkemdiche's Week 1 absence wasn't missed in the running game as the Cardinals largely held the Lions in check on the ground. Where he was missed was generating a pass rush, especially in the second half. This is a good matchup for the Cardinals against the Colts who struggled against the Rams last week. Fire up Nkemdiche if he plays as a low end DL2.
Robert Nkemdiche suffered a calf strain in practice which is leaving his week one status in doubt. Initial reports have him missing 2-3 weeks.
This would be a big blow to Arizona's defense as the defense has seen its share of injuries during the preseason. Nkemdiche is being asked to fill the void left when Calais Campbell left via free agency. They need him to raise his level of play and be more consistent but missing time is going to make that hard to do. His play will be pivotal to their success so they need him back sooner rather than later.