Niners Live provided you with the postgame analysis of the game against the Carolina Panthers. Now we go even deeper, as only we can, by breaking down the performance of both wide receiving and tight end units against Carolina’s secondary. We will tell you who did their job, who still has a job to do and what to expect next week against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom.”
The San Francisco 49ers went into Sunday’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers looking to establish the passing game early. Yet, the results were mixed at best for both units.
Pierre Garcon was the star of the receiving corps with 6 catches for 81 yards. He clearly beat his man over the middle, on the outside and in traffic. There were times he was wide open, but because of constant pressure to Quarterback Brian Hoyer, he was overlooked, or simply not thrown to. Marquise Goodwin had 3 catches, but for the most part, you’ll have to have your eyes wide open to see three other attempts that were either underthrown like the 72 garden in the first quarter, or just plain dropped. Aldrick Robinson and Trent Taylor combined for 2 catches for 15 yards, but we’re otherwise ineffective. Victor Bolden saw no action and Kendrick Bourne saw some time, but was never targeted.
George Kittle has an upside as he finished with five catches for 27 yards and seemed to beat his coverage with ease. However, he showed he is still learning the nuances of the NFL game as he was penalized twice on consecutive plays during a crucial drive in the second half. Logan Paulsen and Garrett Celek were mostly used as blockers and were never targeted.
What to Expect Week One vs. the Seattle Seahawks
It doesn’t get any tougher than the secondary of the Seattle Seahawks. “The Legion of Boom” has earned its reputation as the most feared defensive backfield in the NFL with all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman, intimidating Box Safety Kam Chancellor, and free safety Earl Thomas scaring would be pass catchers left and right of the field. If there is a weak link on this team it would be starting Right cornerback Jeremy Lane, who showed he could easily be rattled as he punched Davante Adams in response to being grabbed by the facemask during an interception return, which would have changed the course of their game with the Green Bay Packers last week. In order to be successful, look for Brian Hoyer to try and attack Lane with Garcon early and often. It will be tough, but not impossible, to get passing yards against Seattle. Look for another low scoring defensive battle.
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