49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

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49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Chargers

The 49ers did not take any chances with their first-team defense. The reserves did a good job, forcing two turnovers against the San Diego Chargers' first-team offense.Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the 49ers' defense from their 35-3 win over the Chargers in the exhibition finale Thursday night at Candlestick Park:Defensive line
83-Demarcus Dobbs: Did not play (left calf).
63-Tony Jerod-Eddie: He entered at left defensive end for the third series of the game and saw considerable action the rest of the way. He finished with one tackle.
71-Matthew Masifilo: Cut on Monday, he was re-signed to help out in this game. He responded with a big second half at right defensive end with four tackles and two quarterback hurries. Working against guard Stephen Schilling, he got a big hit on backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in third quarter to force incomplete pass. He worked over Schilling again in the fourth quarter to force a Jarrett Lee incompletion.
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Did not play.
91-Ray McDonald: Did not play.
92-Will Tukuafu: He started at left defensive end and was credited with one tackle. He also saw a lot of action at fullback. For the recap of his offensive performance, see upcoming report the 49ers' offense.
93-Ian Williams: Started at nose tackle and played most of the game. He was credited with four tackles.
94-Justin Smith: Did not play.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Started at right defensive end and played the first three series. He was not credited with any tackles.Linebackers
41-Kenny Rowe: Entered the game at right outside linebacker and on first play he shed block attempt of tight end Randy McMichael and stopped Le'Ron McClain for a 1-yard gain. He also had a one quarterback hurry, and made a good tackle on special teams.
44-Eric Bakhtiari: Started both halves at right outside linebacker. He recorded three tackles and a half-sack. He also made a tackle on special teams. Showed good hustle to loop around traffic and remain in pursuit Philip Rivers to force a first-quarter intentional grounding penalty when Rivers tried to throw the ball away left-handed. On next play, he kept outside leverage to force Ronnie Brown inside, where he managed to haul him down for just a 5-yard gain.
47-Ikaika Alama-Francis: He started both halves at left outside linebacker. He recorded three tackles, a half-sack and had two quarterback hurries. He also made a tackle on special teams, which could be key for his chances of making the team. Made nice fourth-quarter play to toss aside fullback Jaccob Hester and take down Edwin Baker for 1-yard gain.
50-Cam Johnson: He saw his first action of the exhibition season after missing the first three games with a knee injury. He entered at left outside linebacker for the third series of the game and was credited with two tackles and a quarterback hurry on a fourth-quarter play.
51-Joe Holland: He entered at inside linebacker in the second half and was credited with one tackle.
52-Patrick Willis: Did not play.
53-NaVorro Bowman: Did not play.
54-Larry Grant: He started at inside linebacker and played the first three series. Grant had three tackles and broke up a first-quarter pass intended for Randy McMichael.
55-Ahmad Brooks: Did not play.
56-Tavares Gooden: He started at inside linebacker and led the 49ers with six tackles. On a blitz, he improvised to loop around traffic to throw Charlie Whitehust for a 9-yard sack in the second quarter.
57-Michael Wilhoite: He saw extensive action at inside linebacker and recorded two tackles.
98-Parys Haralson: Did not play due to an undisclosed injury.
99-Aldon Smith: Did not play. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith could've played, but he was held out, along with all the other starters. Smith did not play again in the exhibition season after sustaining a right hip bruise Aug. 10 against Minnesota.Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He started at right cornerback and recorded one tackle. He was in tight coverage against Eddie Royal, who failed to hold onto a fourth-down pass in the second quarter.
22-Carlos Rogers: Did not play.
25-Tarell Brown: Did not play.
26-Tramaine Brock: He rebounded with a good game after struggling Sunday against Denver. Broke up a third-quarter pass for Micheal Spurlock. Broke up another deep pass for Mike Willie, as he played the receiver's hands and knocked the ball away without turning around.
27-C.J. Spillman: He started at safety and recorded four tackles with a forced fumble after a completion to tight end Antonio Gates. . . . Came up to hit Royal on a fourth-down pass that Royal did not hold.
29-Chris Culliver: He returned to action after missing one game with a knee injury. He started at left cornerback and recorded four tackles. He came up in run support to stop Ronnie Brown for a 4-yard gain on the opening drive.
30-Trenton Robinson: He started at safety and recorded one tackle, broke up a pass and scooped up a fumble and returned it 22 yards in the first quarter to set up a 49ers' touchdown. . . Came up to put a hit on Willie to break up a fourth-quarter pass. . . Got his hands on a Jarrett Lee pass intended to Willie in the end zone but had it wrestled away and Willie nearly turned it into a touchdown. Instead, it was just an incomplete pass.
31-Donte Whitner: Did not play.
32-Darcel McBath: He recorded an interception of Philip Rivers on his first play upon entering the game as a backup safety, as he jumped a route on a pass intended for Malcom Floyd. He returned it 19 yards. He recorded one tackle in the game.
33-Anthony Mosley: He saw extensive playing time at right cornerback and held his own in coverage. He recorded two tackles.
36-Michael Thomas: He entered as a nickel back. He made one special-teams tackle.
38-Dashon Goldson: Did not play.
43-Colin Jones: He did not play any defense. He was typically the first player down on the coverage unit and made one tackle.Specialists
2-David Akers: After kicking five field goals a week earlier, Akers kicked five extra points. He missed a 47-yard field at the end of the first half.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 38.8 yards on four punts, including two kicks inside the 20-yard line. His net average was 37.5 yards.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores.

49ers select TE George Kittle in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select TE George Kittle in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

GEORGE KITTLE
Position: Tight end
College: Iowa
Height: 6-3 3/4
Weight: 247
Selection: Fifth round, No. 146 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round with the No. 146 overall pick.

Kittle becomes the second Iowa player the 49ers selected in two days. Late Friday, the 49ers traded up to select quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Kittle was considered an outstanding blocker in the Hawkeyes pro-style offense. As a senior, Kittle appeared in nine games and caught 22 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. In 2015, he had 20 receptions for 290 yards and six touchdowns.

"I think my game overall, I’m a very versatile player," Kittle said. "I can have my hand in the dirt and block anybody you want me to block. You can move me around and run routes. I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I feel like I can catch the ball well and run routes well. I’m a versatile guy."

Kittle joins a 49ers tight end group that includes Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm. 

Former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on Friday reported the 49ers are attempting to trade McDonald. In one of former general manager Trent Baalke’s final moves, the 49ers signed McDonald in December to a five-year contract extension that included a $7 million signing bonus.

Kittle said he caught passes during Beathard's workout with 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. The next day, he was invited to fly to Santa Clara as one of the 49ers' 30 pre-draft visits.

While the 49ers' selection of Beathard at the end of the third round might have surprised some, Kittle said he figured the 49ers would have reason to be interested in his teammate of the past four years.

"He’s just a guy, he loves football more than anything other than maybe his daughter," Kittle said of Beathard. "He lives and breathes it. That’s all he cares about. He is a genius in the film room and on the football field. He know absolutely everything that everybody is going to do. . . . He’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around.”

49ers trade up, pick RB Joe Williams in fourth round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, pick RB Joe Williams in fourth round of 2017 NFL Draft

JOE WILLIAMS
Position: Running back
College: Utah
Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Selection: Fourth round, No. 121 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers traded up in the fourth round to select Utah running back Joe Williams.

The 49ers traded up to No. 121 overall in general manager John Lynch’s sixth trade of the draft. Just minutes earlier, the 49ers acquired Kapri Bibbs in a trade with the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers traded up in the fourth round with Indianapolis to select Williams. The 49ers dealt No. 143 in the fourth round and No. 161 of the fifth round to the Colts to complete the trade.

Williams, who ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns on 210 rushing attempts in nine games. He also caught nine passes for 107 yards.

Williams walked away from the team two weeks into last season but was welcomed back. He was welcomed back to the team and rushed for 332 yards against UCLA.

Former 49ers head coach Dennis Erickson, who was Utah’s running backs coach, later explained Williams’ brief “retirement.”

"I knew he was down a little bit at the beginning of the year," Erickson said. "He fumbled a couple of times. Mentally, he was drained a little bit. Physically, he was not feeling very good."

Williams had 278 all-purpose yards to be named MVP of the Foster Farms Bowl against Indiana at Levi’s Stadium.

On a conferene call with Bay Area reporters, Williams explained his personal struggle of the past 10 years that led to him stepping away from the game:

"I had to lay it out on the line (to teams) that football is what I drink and breathe. It's what I wake up for in the morning and it's how I want to provide for my family. They knew at first they wanted to understand how I could walk away from football, but after I tell them how it came to be, I felt they were empathetic about it and they understand that sometimes you have to put things on hold to do what's right.

"My sister (Kylee, 7 years old) had passed away in 2006. She died in my hands. She died on Sunday, June 19th. She'd been in and out of the hospital that Friday and Saturday. She had fell unconscious and . . . just the guilt and shame I always put upon myself because I didn't act quickly enough with my parents or call 911, I thought it was my fault. Going through high school and college, I was getting counseling.

"Coming into this season, a lot of the emotions were coming to the forefront, and I was trying to deal them the best way I could. As the season started, and I knew my mental health wasn't where it needed to be, I knew the best option for me was to sit down in front of my wife and my coaches and just tell them where I was at. It came to the decision that stepping back at that time would be for my best interest -- not only for football but for life after football.

"I did a lot of soul-searching. I got my sister's tattoo on my left arm. I was doing everything necessary to finally come to peace with her death. . .  I finally forgave myself."