Niners Live provided you with the postgame analysis of the game against the Minnesota Vikings. Now we go even deeper, as only we can, by breaking down the performance of both wide receiving and tight end units against the Minnesota secondary. We will show how the units are stacking up as we approach the final preseason game and who is still fighting for a spot.
The San Francisco 49ers made the most of their Sunday Night Football performance as the passing game was on full display against a very good Vikings secondary. For the most part, it was a smooth operation for the first unit.
The Double G’s, also known as Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, had their way with the Vikings’ secondary. Garcon beat his man, Trae Waynes, every which way and on Sunday, whether it was over the middle or on the outside or in traffic. Garcon dropped only one pass last season with the Washington Redskins and looks to be in full command after a performance of 6 catches for 64 yards. Goodwin put the rest of the NFL on notice, that this will be his breakout year, with this 46-yard touchdown catch from Brian Hoyer. As this video shows, there aren’t a lot of cornerbacks that will be able to match his world-class speed. Jeremey Kerley saw limited action with the first unit, as the one ball thrown to him was under thrown. Louis Murphy had a mixed performance. He did catch balls in traffic with the second unit, but he also turned the ball over from a hit by Antone Exum Jr. Trent Taylor continued to make his presence in the middle felt with a key 19-yard reception in traffic in the 4th quarter. Taylor finished with 3 catches for 37 yards. Kendrick Bourne had a catch for 8-yards, but failed to find the first down marker.
It was basically a quiet as kept performance, which left mixed results. On the one hand, Kyle Juszczyk had a good performance, taking advantage of the linebackers with a nice 16-yard catch. Yet there was not a reception among Vance McDonald or Logan Paulsen. George Kittle was overthrown twice by C.J. Beathard, but made his presence felt. He executed a key block, which led to the 87-yard touchdown pass to Raheem Mostert in this video. It doesn’t look good for Garrett Celek or Cole Hikutini in terms of making the 53-man squad.
Important to note: Vance McDonald was recently traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Expectation for Next Week against Los Angeles
Well, the good news for the NFL is that they won’t have to worry about the Chargers lack of ticket sales as the final preseason game will be held at Levi Stadium. While the Minnesota game was a dress rehearsal, this game will be a battle to stay not only on the team, but possibly in the NFL. Expect for guys like Victor Bolden Jr., Louis Murphy, Kendrick Bourne, Tim Patrick, Deandre Smelter, DeAndre Carter, Blake Bell, Garrett Celek and Cole Hitukini to be fighting for their football lives. The Chargers have an underrated secondary led by cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams. The box safety, Jahleel Addae, is one of the hardest hitting safeties in football. Dwight Lowery is the free safety. Don’t expect to see a lot from the 1st unit as the focus will be to get ready for the Carolina Panthers. Look to see who will make the final receiving spot, if there will be a 4th tight end and who will make the p-squad.
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