49ers: Defensive review vs. Vikings


49ers: Defensive review vs. Vikings

Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the 49ers' defense from their 17-6 exhibition victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday:Defensive line
40-Demarcus Dobbs: Entered at right defensive end with the second-team defense in the second quarter, and played very well. Got pressure on quarterback Joe Webb while working against left guard Chris DeGeare to force third-down incompletion in second quarter. Got good pressure on Webbs to force another incomplete pass on the next drive.
63-Tony Jerod-Eddie: Entered at left defensive end in the second half, playing 17 snaps. He had a difficult time getting off the line of scrimmage against Vikings right tackle Pat Brown, and recorded one tackle.
69-Patrick Butrym: He played five snaps at left end and 10 snaps at right end in the second half. While engaged with guard Grant Cook, he got his left hand up to bat down Bethel-Thompson pass at the line of scrimmage. He also was credited with a tackle.
71-Matthew Masifilo: He entered at right end late in the third quarter, then played nose tackle in the fourth quarter. Got good penetration and forced fumble of running back Derrick Coleman on a play that gained Vikings just 1 yard.
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle and played the first three series of the game. He had a tackle.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left end and played the first two possessions, 17 snaps in all. He was credited with a tackle.
92-Will Tukuafu: Did not play.
93-Ian Williams: Entered as the No. 2 nose tackle and played the second and third quarters. He recorded two tackles. Center Quentin Saulsberry opened up the middle against Williams for a 6-yard gain up the middle in third quarter. A few players later, Williams got good push against Saulsberry to force Webb out of the pocket for what became Kourtnei Brown's 1-yard sack.
94-Justin Smith: Did not play.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Started at right defensive end in place of Justin Smith. Working against guard Austin Pasztor, he got to Vikings quarterback Joe Webb for a half-sack. He finished with two tackles while playing 17 snaps at right end and another 11 snaps at left end.Linebackers
44-Eric Bakhtiari: He played right outside linebacker for two series in the first half, then moved to the left side for another 21 snaps in the second half. He was the team's best defensive player. He beat the block of tight end Mickey Shuler to drop quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson for 4-yard loss in fourth quarter. He worked over right tackle Levi Horn to drop Bethel-Thompson for 9-yard sack. Got pressure on Bethel-Thompson to contribute to Perrish Cox's late interception. He was credited with four tackles and two sacks.
48-Kourtnei Brown: He entered for one play at right outside linebacker in the second quarter after Aldon Smith hobbled off with an injury. Then, he played the entire second half at that spot. He finished with one sack when he chased Webb out of bounds. He did good work on special teams with two tackles.
50-Cam Johnson: Did not play.
51-Joe Holland: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. He got into the game on defense at inside linebacker for only one play, as Bethel-Thompson opened the Vikings' last drive with an interception.
52-Patrick Willis: Started at inside linebacker and played the first 17 snaps. Willis had two tackles. On the first play of the game, Willis and NaVorro Bowman combined for a tackle on Toby Gerhart. Get used to it.
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker and played the first 17 snaps of the game. He recorded three tackles.
54-Larry Grant: Lined up on first kickoff return unit. Then, he played parts of the second and third quarters at inside linebacker. He was credited with three tackles.
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and played 17 snaps. He did not record any tackles. Jumped offside late in the first quarter. Missed tackle on Toby Gerhart near the line of scrimmage on final play of first quarter that resulted in 16-yard gain.
56-Tavares Gooden: Lined up on first kickoff return unit. He entered at inside linebacker and played six series spanning the second, third and fourth quarters. He was not credited with any tackes.
57-Michael Wilhoite: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. Fought through block of D'Aundre Reed to make tackle on kickoff. He entered at inside linebacker for the final three series of the game and was credited with one tackle.
58-Darius Fleming: Did not play; on football injury list.
98-Parys Haralson: Lined up on first kickoff return unit. He did not start but entered at right outside linebacker when Aldon Smith was injured. Then, he moved to left outside linebacker to replace Ahmad Brooks. He beat blitz pickup attempt of running back Jerome Felton to force Webb out of the pocket on a second-quarter scramble. Ran past right tackle Pat Brown and the reversed field to come back and get a half-sack of Webb late in first half.
99-Aldon Smith: Started at right outside linebacker. Pressured Ponder into a third-down incompletion to end first drive of the game after he blew past Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil around the outside. Sustained right hip injury when he leaped over teammate Donte Whitner to try to tackle Toby Gerhart on first play of the Vikings' second drive. He landed hard on his right side. He remained on the field for one more play before his night was finished. Smith left the locker room with the assistance to two canes. He has a has a hip bruise, the team reported. It's possible he will not play again during the exhibition season to ensure he's 100-percent healthy for the Sept. 9 season opener at Green Bay.Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. He definitely helped his cause on defense and special teams. Made a good play to get off a block and take down return man Marcus Sherels on the second kickoff. Came up as nickel back to upend Lex Hilliard for 1-yard loss late in second quarter. Read route and broke on ball to intercept poorly thrown ball by Bethel-Thompson in fourth quarter. His versatility is key. He played right cornerback, left cornerback and slot, and ended the night with three tackles and an interception.
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback and played the first 17 snaps. Receiver Stephen Burton got behind him on second snap of the game for a 52-yard gain on a deep post. Had great coverage on Jarius Wright early in second quarter, as he took away the corner route and forced Ponder to throw pass out of the end zone.
23-Cory Nelms: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. Showed his speed by hustling down the field ahead of his teammates. He did not see any action on defense.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at left cornerback and played the first 17 snaps of the game. He did not see any action come to his side.
26-Tramaine Brock: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. He entered at right cornerback and played most the final three quarters. He did not see much action come his way.
27-C.J. Spillman: Lined up on first kickoff return unit. Entered at safety with the second unit. Had tight coverage on tight end Rhett Ellison who still managed to catch 12-yard pass in the second quarter. He finished with three tackles.
29-Chris Culliver: Entered as nickel back and played left corner with the second team. He was called for an 11-yard pass interference penalty in second quarter, but otherwise had a quiet night.
30-Trenton Robinson: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. Also lined up on first kickoff return unit. Made big hit along right sideline to break up pass intended for Deven Aromashodu in fourth quarter. He played most of the final three quarters at safety but was not credited with any tackles.
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety and played 17 snaps. Gave up 8-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph on a third-and-4 situation. He was not credited with any tackles in the game.
32-Darcel McBath: Lined up on first kickoff coverage unit to open the game. He entered and played the final 12 snaps at safety. Let receiver Kerry Taylor get behind him in zone coverage for a 28-yard gain in the fourth quarter. He was credited with one tackle.
33-Anthony Mosley: He played special teams but did not get any action on defense.
35-Mark LeGree: He played special teams but did not get any action on defense. On Saturday, the 49ers waived him to make room for the signing of outside linebacker Kenny Rowe.
36-Michael Thomas: He played special teams and saw just four snaps as the team's No. 3 nickel back. He was no credited with any tackles.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety and played the first 17 snaps. There appeared to be miscommunication the second play of the game when Burton got behind Rogers for a 52-yard gain. Rogers immediately gestured to Goldson, who left the middle of the field exposed when he bit on an underneath route.
40-Deante' Purvis: He played special teams but did not see any action on defense.
43-Colin Jones: Lined up on first kickoff return unit. He did not see any action on defense.Specialists
2-David Akers: Did not play.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 45.5 yards on four punts with a 35.5 net average. He had two punts inside the 20, and two touchbacks.
5-Giorgio Tavecchio: He handled all the kicking chores. The Vikings average starting point on his four kickoffs was the 20-yard line. Tavecchio also made both extra points, as well as a 29-yard field goal.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."

49ers keep all options open with No. 2 overall pick

49ers keep all options open with No. 2 overall pick

PHOENIX -- If the Cleveland Browns’ only reasonable decision with the top overall pick consists of Myles Garrett or Myles Garrett, the 49ers have considerably more options at No. 2 overall.

After Garrett, the Texas A&M pass-rusher, there appears to be no consensus second-best prospect in the draft. So the 49ers must be open to considering almost anything.

“You got to talk about every option because you never know what will happen,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “You got to be ready for anything somebody will call you on, whether it’s a trade or not. So you got to go through those because they can happen quickly, especially when you get closer to draft day.

“Right now, it’s not necessarily in my mind the No. 2 pick. It’s taking the time to understand the whole pool of people. Who’s going to be available at two? Who’s going to be available halfway through the first round? What are the players you can get in the second and third round? That’s not something that just gets done. You have to watch a lot of tape. You got to listen to your scouts and all the homework they’ve done with the character on these guys and soak it all in for a couple of months.”

Shanahan was on hand Thursday for Stanford’s pro day, during which defensive lineman Solomon Thomas worked out. Thomas is considered a strong candidate to be the No. 2 player off the board.

But does Thomas fit with the 49ers? Under former general manager Trent Baalke, the 49ers invested their top draft picks in Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in back-to-back years. Would the 49ers consider spending their top pick on another defensive lineman?

“It really doesn’t concern me what we’ve done in the past or what we’re going to do in the future,” Shanahan said. “It’s what we have now. If we think that player can help us and improve us, then that’s what we’ll do. You want to get the best guy possible. There are lots of options open.”

As the 49ers transition to a four-man defensive line, the team is in need or a pass-rusher. Ahmad Brooks tied with Buckner for the team-lead last season with six sacks. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch tied for tops on the 49ers with 6.5 sacks.

Brooks, 33, enters his 12th NFL season. Shanahan said he believes Thomas (6 foot 3, 273 pounds) is versatile enough to be a pass-rush threat at defensive end in the 49ers’ new scheme.

“I believe so,” Shanahan said. “I believe he can probably line up anywhere he wants. (But I’m) still not done with my research, yet.”

Thomas won the 2017 Morris Trophy, as the Pac-12’s top defensive lineman, as voted on by the conference’s offensive linemen.