49ers news: Five takeaways from 49ers win over Minnesota Vikings – Niners Nation

49ers news: Five takeaways from 49ers win over Minnesota Vikings - Niners Nation

While the majority of the 49ers starters were not suitable for this one, there was still a lot to take away from the 49ers

1. There will be tough decisions at the running back position.

There is currently no clarity on how the 49ers backfield will shake out. Elijah Mitchell is a lock for a tight end spot and likely gets the nod as the number one back if he’s healthy come week one, but even that isn’t a given at this point.

Jeff Wilson Jr. missed his second straight preseason game but is also a player who provides the 49ers with a strong veteran presence at the position, something Kyle Shanahan covets. Despite his absence from these preseason contests, I expect Wilson to be among the players in the final 53.

Beyond that is where things really get random. Trey Sermon was a top 100 pick a little over a year ago, but if it weren’t for the capital invested in him, it would be hard to make a case for him being more deserving of a list above the other players on the. bladder

Back to this game where Ty Davis-Price and Jordan Mason both had strong showings against the Vikings. Davis-Price had ten carries for 41 yards and showed a level of physicality that would indicate he is a strong candidate to be the ram at the position in games where the 49ers will be running the ball to milk clock with a lead.

Jordan Mason looked fantastic, averaging 6.3 yards per carry on nine rushing attempts while showing the ability to run with conviction and finish with contact. It’s more than the power with Mason, though, he has a great sense of when to make crucial cuts in this zone running scheme, and if roster spots were given based on performance alone, he’d be pretty much a lock, because he has. done in the training camp and preseason.

JaMycal Hasty had a receiving touchdown as well, running a great pick route out of the backfield to beat the linebacker in coverage. Overall, the 49ers keep five defenders on the final roster, with one of those spots reserved for Kyle Juszczyk.

The 49ers may have to consider keeping six this year because there will be at least one, if not two, talented backs that will be left out if they stick to the status quo at five. I also don’t like their odds of keeping a player like Mason on the practice squad either. I wouldn’t risk betting that he does it through waivers.

Either way, there will be tough calls to make. At this point, maybe you call in Sermon if another team is interested, but I’d be really surprised if they outright cut a player they invested so much in just a season ago. Hopefully, the third preseason game provides some much needed transparency with the whole situation.

2. Javon Kinlaw flashes his for a bowl ceiling

It was one sack in a preseason game, so I don’t blame anyone for rolling their eyes at the aforementioned caption. But let me explain why. Kinlaw is a player who has tremendous physical talent and has leaned heavily on those athletic traits early in his NFL career.

My opinion with Kinlaw has always been that he will have a quick ascent once he gets more reps in the league and can improve on things like hand placement, pad, etc. We got a great example of the development that came with more iterations. when he sacked Kellen Mond on third & 7 late in the first quarter.

Kinlaw was able to hit the right guard inside with a club move, striking the guard on their inside shoulder and using his superhuman strength to move the guard laterally before charging through the A gap to bring Mond down.

This was a great example of Kinlaw being able to tie in his elite athleticism and raw power along with solid technique in regards to his hand placement, and the result was him absolutely demolishing an interior offensive lineman en route to a sack in the backfield.

These are the types of plays Kinlaw is capable of, and they will come in greater numbers the more comfortable he becomes in his role going forward. Remember, he missed a huge chunk of his first two years due to some unfortunate injuries, and the time missed stole much of the time he would have spent developing early in his NFL career.

Kinlaw is a special player, and there’s a reason why the 49ers drafted him where they did. He showed you a glimpse of what he’s capable of in this league with that sack against the Vikings, and it will be interesting to watch how the narrative around Kinlaw changes now that he’s healthy and enters the season looking like someone who plays. with a weight lifted from their shoulders.

Drake Jackson was an absolute steal

There’s no reason Drake Jackson should still be on the board when the 49ers took him late in the second round of the. 2022 NFL draft. Maybe teams were concerned about his weight being cut or didn’t have the patience to develop someone who has great traits but seemed like he might need half a redshirt year to start.

Whatever the reason, it’s not good enough to justify Jackson falling into the 49ers’ lap, where they already had an embarrassment of riches on the deepest defensive line in the league. However, through two preseason games, Jackson has shown that not only does he have a high ceiling that can be reached with a methodical development plan, but he’s also ready to make an immediate contribution.

His ability to operate in space, stuff run fits, and just be a disruptive presence overall is extremely encouraging for a player who is still far from reaching his physical potential. Jackson has the ability to develop into an above-average starter in this league, and that may come much sooner than expected.

Couple that with an already talented 49ers defensive front and the future remains bright for the position group that is the engine that makes this squad go.

4. The backup quarterbacks look good

Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy combined to go 27/40 for 230 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. While I wouldn’t put too much stock in a preseason game against second and third strings, you can also just play whoever is in front of you.

Other than a mishap near the Purdy goal line, I thought the pair of quarterbacks did what they needed to do in this game. Both clearly look comfortable operating in this offense and have shown an ability to get the ball to where it needs to go in their progressions at a level that is encouraging for players who will be buried behind Trey Lance on the depth chart.

While it won’t garner the same level of excitement as the QB1 debate, having a capable backup on the roster can be the difference between being a playoff team or missing the cut, as 49ers fans have seen over the past two seasons. The 49ers have a couple of guys who both fit that mold.

Robbie Gould and Mitch Wishnowsky have strong games

I can imagine someone reading this saying “what a snooze this game was for special teams to be outstanding in a preseason game.” While I wouldn’t push that rating too hard, I also think the pros deserve recognition with performances like that, regardless of whether it’s an exhibition game or not.

Robbie Gould was 3/3 on the day, punts of 49, 46, and 28 yards, respectively. Gould continues to be one of the most reliable legs in the sport and is a massive asset to this 49ers team with championship aspirations. Having a kicker like Gould, who has shown he has ice water in his veins in big moments, is something that should never be overlooked.

Mitch Wishnowsky had himself a day as well, booting four punts for a net total of 210 yards, with a long of 59. Two of those punts landed inside the Minnesota 20-yard line, including a ball that was dropped inside the Vikings. -yard line. A very strong day by the 49ers tight end, and I also have to give a quick nod to long snapper Taybor Pepper for his role in the success of the special teams unit in Minnesota.

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