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49ers GM John Lynch thinks Richard Sherman will be better in 2019

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The San Francisco 49ers secondary struggled last year, but general manager John Lynch still has high hopes for them this year, and that starts with Richard Sherman having a bounce back year. There were thoughts the team might go after someone like Earl Thomas to help shore up the secondary, but instead, they decided to sign Jason Verrett and roll with the crew from last year.

Sherman is the key for the secondary to get better, and Lynch thinks that a big reason he will take that step forward is that he is even farther removed from the Achilles injury that caused him to get off to a slow start last season.

“I look out my window, and he’s getting up there in years, but he’s right at the front of the pack,” general manager John Lynch said via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “He’s pushing those guys. I think my own feeling, we’ll see a better version of Richard Sherman this year because he’s a year further away from those procedures and had that cleanup. We’ll see. But I’m hopeful.”

Another reason that Lynch thinks Sherman will have a bounce-back year is that the defensive line is going to be better, which should help the secondary perform. Dee Ford and Nick Bosa are both a part of the squad now and should cause some matchup issues which should mean the back end of the defense won’t have to cover as long.

If the 49ers are going to take the step forward that they hope they can, it’s going to be key that Sherman and the rest of the secondary is better.