The San Francisco 49ers lost their first preseason game to the Houston Texans in an ugly 16-13 outcome. While the offensive starters did well excluding the tipped interception, the backups couldn’t generate much. The defensive starters looked off, especially the secondary as Deshaun Watson got things going early with former 49er Bruce Ellington. It took a late touchdown throw by Joe Webb to win it for the Texans.
We’ll be taking a look at the players who stood out as well as those who failed to impress, starting with players on the offense:
Winner: Jimmy Garoppolo
Who doesn’t love themselves some Jimmy G? Playing more than one series this time, Garoppolo balled out and had a solid stat line until an interception changed that. The chemistry with Marquise Goodwin was on full display, especially when the two connected on a deep 40-yard bomb down the sideline. The touchdown throw was also amazing from Jimmy G. He stayed in the pocket and slung another sidearm throw to hit Trent Taylor in time towards the back of the end zone. Garoppolo would finish with 136 yards, completing 10/12 passes.
Loser: C.J. Beathard
Failing to impress in back-to-back games, backup quarterback C.J. Beathard has not been looking good. Third-string quarterback Nick Mullens threw for more yards than Beathard in 11 less throws. Beathard threw for 82 yards with 10/17 completions for an average of 4.8 yards a throw. That won’t cut it. What also won’t cut it is Beathard’s inaccurate throws. He threw a pass very low and behind receiver Dante Pettis who adjusted to come back and made a sliding reception. Later, Pettis beat his defender on a double-move and was wide open for a touchdown, but Beathard overthrew him by a few yards. If Nick Mullens continues to outshine him next week, this will get interesting.
Loser: Joe Williams
The running game has struggled so far and Joe Williams is a huge part of that struggle. Williams only gained 18 yards on eight carries (2.3 average) with his longest run of the game being six yards. Pairing that to the news that he will be out with a rib fracture does not equal anything good. Additionally, Alfred Morris hasn’t even seen the field yet and Morris is a clear threat to a roster spot.
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Winner: Sheldon Day/ D.J. Jones
The 49ers definitely need help at the defensive line. Sheldon Day didn’t have a mind blowing game but he had a rating of 90.0 according to Pro Football Focus and also made their team of the week. Day made five total tackles, including one quarterback hit and one quarterback hurry. D.J. Jones is also added because he also had a solid game which included forcing a fumble that the 49ers recovered.
Loser: Jimmie Ward
Even though Jimmie Ward got into a fight at practice with DeAndre Hopkins, he didn’t play with any of that similar fire. He looked just as worse as week one against the Cowboys. It doesn’t look good so far for Ward.
Winner: Fred Warner
The rookie linebacker finally got to see the field since dealing with an injury and didn’t disappoint. Fred Warner looked like a natural player out there, flying for tackles and filling up holes to tackle running backs. He even recovered a fumble forced by Jones as mentioned earlier. Warner also registered a tackle for a loss. He could be a player to watch next week.