Aside from 11 penalties, 5 fumbles, 1 interception, a 38-21 TOP walloping, and a 33-14 scoreboard stomping, the 49ers looked fairly decent Saturday night against Denver.
They had no running game, which is not a good thing. Not against the four starters from Denver’s first string defense, nor the backups, nor the backups to the backups. None of the Niner’s O-line combos could open any room at all.
QB Brian Hoyer looked solid, save for the floofer oops that accounted for the first “fumble” of the night. He was charged with an interception, but that was really a handoff to the other team by Marquis Goodwin. Backup QB CJ Beathard also looked good, making it more and more likely that Matt Barkley will be holding a clipboard this year or maybe becoming the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Goodwin caught three passes for 44 yards, continuing to look like the steal of the offseason. The 49ers might finally have a dangerous WR to pair with the reliable possession type they’ve had plenty of — Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and this year Pierre Garcon.
Eric Reid looks far better at SS than he ever did as FS, and even Tank Carradine plays decent as a 4-3 DE. So, kudos to DC Robert Saleh for using his personnel a whole lot better than the previous two goofball DCs.
About that FS, though. Jimmy Ward is still not playing and his replacements will not scare anyone but the 49er sideline and the fans in the seats at the stadium or elsewhere.
Rookie TE George Kittle continues to impress, also. If Vance McDonald is still the starter when the regular season begins, it had better be because Kittle got hurt.
Next Sunday is the classic 3rd preseason game, the one where starters play a half or so in a tune up for the regular season. Our last glimpse at what our team will look like this year, leading up to our 2017 Prognostications deadline.
The fourth preseason game has been designated as the all scrubbeenies game since there is only one roster pare down this year, which occurs after the final preseason game. From 90 down to 53! Wow. Lot of blood letting around the league on that fateful day.