26 Oct 49ers vs Patriots: Highest Graded Players
The San Francisco 49ers laid an absolute smackdown on the New England Patriots on Sunday. For the most part, it was a solid performance all around for the 49ers. Here are some of the players that stood out the most to me. If you agree or disagree, feel free to tweet your thoughts at me @Zachhernan!
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Was that Raheem Mostert out there on Sunday? I thought he was on IR! The types of runs Jeff Wilson Jr. had on Sunday against the Patriots were Mostert-esque. He had fantastic patience and vision and it showed in his stats. He finished the day with 112 yards on 17 carries and 3 TDs. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry and had a long of 17 yards. Wilson had some beastly runs, and it was extremely unfortunate that he left in the second half with what is now labeled as a high-ankle sprain. After completing his hat trick, Wilson immediately grabbed his leg and rolled around in pain. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported the X-rays came back negative, so luckily there is no serious damage. Let’s hope for the 49ers sake, it’s not another long-term absence.
There’s no doubt Fred Warner is the best middle linebacker in the NFL. He is a beast on the field. He was flying sideline to sideline to make tackles all while blanketing guys like Julian Edelman in coverage. He is just phenomenal and the 49ers need to do everything in their power to keep that man healthy and happy. Warner had a beautiful interception that showed off his great hands. He finished the day with 7 total tackles, 1 pass defended & the interception. All-Pro Fred Warner, AKA DPOY. Book it.
What an outing for the rookie! Aiyuk had his first game with 100+ receiving yards, and it’s coming at the perfect time for the 49ers. He totaled 115 yards on 6 receptions, with a average of 19.2 — that’s impressive. Five of his six catches went for first downs. Aiyuk looks to be the real deal, and although it was National Tight End day, this YAC Bro feasted against New England’s secondary. I’m so excited to see Aiyuk’s continued growth. The 49ers will certainly be looking for him next week against Seattle’s atrocious defense.
Moore was a missile out there for the 49ers. He looked fantastic. He was flying around and seems to have a nose for the ball. He finished the day with 6 total tackles and 1 pass defended. I was thoroughly impressed with his performance today. With the amount of DBs scheduled to be free agents next year for the 49ers, they need Moore to get all of the real reps he can get. A lot of the mistakes he’s made can be corrected either with coaching or experience. Either way, it was a solid outing and the 49ers have to be excited about his trajectory.
Taylor had a hell of a day! he finished with 3 total tackles, 2 passes defended & 2 interceptions! You couldn’t ask for a better performance, especially when considering this was a guy the 49ers signed off the street a few weeks back. Taylor has been solid and the 49ers just might have something in him.
- Kyle Juszczyk: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Juice leads the way to success. He was fantastic today and the 49ers need him involved in the offense every game.
- Emmanuel Moseley: 1 INT, hell of a return.
- Jason Verrett: after getting the wind knocked out of him early in the game, he put together another solid performance.
- JaMychal Hasty: after Wilson Jr. got injured, Hasty stepped up and looked great in the backfield.
- Jimmy Garoppolo: aside from the 2 picks (I only really fault him for 1), Jimmy had a solid performance in his return to Foxboro. Not often do former-Patriot QBs go into Gillette Stadium and leave with the win, so Jimmy, I tip my hat to you, sir.
- DJ Jones: He was all over the place. Although the 49ers only finished with 2 sacks on the day, they made it hard for Cam Newton to do much.
- 49ers defense as a whole: facing a healthy Cam Newton on the road down a plethora of key starters (including both starting safeties), and they held them to 6 (!!!!) points? That is outstanding. Bravo Saleh, bravo.