Recapping Preseason Week 1: KC vs SF

First Thoughts

Deep defense, a good rotation of guys to keep everyone healthy and limit injuries throughout the season. Two people who shined were Deommodore Lenoir and Talonoa Houfanga making plays and just playing lights out. The defensive line into the threes were making good moves to get off the block and overall just looked so refined it was a pleasant surprise towards the end of the game. The safeties and linebackers seemed to blow coverage at times leading to big gains for the Chiefs. One thing that stood out to me when getting to the third/fourth quarter was the speed, when leading to a chase down from the defense it looked like everyone was flying.

Onto the offense, Trey Lance made his debut and showed up for roughly two quarters but being sacked five times may have hindered him. The stat line at the end of the night was 5-14 for 128 yards but there were a ton of drops made by receivers so the stat line for the Lance would’ve looked a lot different. The wide receiver room is looking very thin after Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, the two who looked the most ready to snag spots after them were Juan Jennings, Trent Sherfield, and Nsimba Webster. The Tight End room looks the same as last year with George Kittle, Ross Dwelley, Charlie Woerner and maybe Jordan Matthews. It would be interesting if the 49ers carried four TEs into the season. The running back room looks stacked with Raheem Mosterati & Kyle Juszcyk leading the herd, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty look to be sure fires for the committee. 

Final thoughts

It looked like a solid showing and Kyle Shanahan fought till the very end. Rosen didn’t look great but he looked capable enough to be QB3. I’m looking forward to seeing how the depth chart changes for next week. It looked like there was a pretty good shake to the current roster with everyone fighting to make the 53 man roster. Not to mention what Kyle can scheme up for Lance the possibilities are endless, because what we saw today was Lance in the pocket for his share of snaps. Just imagine what he can do on designed runs and rollouts.

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