It’s always gutting to see one of the best players in the game go down with a long-term injury, and you could see that San Francisco really missed Nick Bosa last year.
He was credited with nine sacks in his rookie season and a further four in the post-season as they went to the Super Bowl so he was up there with the best in the league, but his season was ended early on last year when he torn ACL against the Jets in week 2.
There was no danger of him being able to return for the 2020 season so everything was geared towards getting ready for next year, and the early signs do sound positive:
I spoke w/ #49ers DL Nick Bosa (ACL) on the phone real quick before his workout in Ft Lauderdale, Florida today. Bosa says right now he still wants to lay low while he continues to rehab, but told me, “You’ll see my progress on the field next year. Tell them I’m gonna be better.”
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 23, 2021
Obviously the main thing has to be his physical recovery and it might take him some time to build his confidence back up, but it will be interesting to see if he’s been able to learn much during his time away.
His rookie year would’ve been largely about facing the unknown so he now knows what to expect and what it takes to play in the league, while he’s had a lot of time to study film and figure out where he can improve.
It sounds like he will be fit and ready to go for next year, and hopefully he’s able to pick up where he left off.