Prior to kickoff, I wrote about the players to keep an eye on against Houston. After the San Francisco 49ers fell to the Texans 16-13, let’s take a look back on those same players.
The rookie receiver followed up his one catch for 53 yards performance from last week with two catches for 32 yards. His longest catch of the day was a 20 yard slant route on a 1st & 15 that picked up a first down. His second catch was thrown way behind him but he came back and made a sliding reception. Dante Pettis showed off his great route running abilities on multiple occasions but did have some bad plays. The first play was a failed end around run that resulted in a five yard loss. The second was when he couldn’t bring down a high Jimmy Garoppolo pass which tipped off his fingers. The Texans would end up intercepting that pass.
One thing that myself and many others were surprised about was that Richie James rarely saw the field. He was involved heavily against the Cowboys and we all know he caught the game winning touchdown, too. He was targeted three times but only had one catch for one yard. His most notable play was an 18 yard punt return. Maybe there’s a good reason that he didn’t play as much?
The 49ers didn’t turn to Raheem Mostert to run the football even though he was solid against the Cowboys. Mostert was involved with special teams and was most notably involved with the helmet lowering rule as he was called for a penalty. It was as textbook as a tackle can get but a penalty was still called for it.
Jullian Taylor only played thirteen snaps after playing all four quarters last week. It will be interesting to see how Taylor is utilized in week three. Week three is also where the starters usually play way more than any other preseason game.
I listed Jimmie Ward as a “loser” in the game in a previous article which can be found here. Ward still hasn’t made any notable plays through two weeks that are anything positive. He allowed a touchdown to a rookie receiver last week and couldn’t generate any momentum this week. Considering the corner back group is very young, Ward is still one of the veterans on the team but his play hasn’t been illustrating that to any level. We’ll have to wait and see if Ward can play any better against the Indianapolis Colts.
The rookie corner back played 36 total snaps and registered two tackles but played well throughout the game. D.J. Reed’s most notable play came on a kick off return where he shot straight up the middle for a 45 yard return. Maybe Reed starts to see more special teams assignments these next two games as he has impressed as a corner already.