49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Third-down struggles


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Third-down struggles

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco's offensive player-by-player review vs. Jets will be broken up by position. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com throughout the day for the breakdown on each position group.

The 49ers destroyed the New York Jets 34-0 on Sunday, but the offense certainly was not perfect.As was the case a year ago, the 49ers struggled on third downs, converting just one of their first six opportunities, and 4 of 12 overall. That's 33 percent. And that matches the 49ers' conversion rate through the first four games. They rank 23rd in the NFL.
Here's a breakdown of each of their third downs:--First quarter, third and 5 from SF 39 (0-for-1): On the opening drive, quarterback Alex Smith's pass was on target to Michael Crabtree on a slant pattern. The ball glanced off Crabtree's hands. It was difficult to tell if cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who undercut the route, deflected the ball just before it arrived to Crabtree.--First quarter, third and 7 from NYJ 45 (0-for-2): It was a third-and-long situation after Colin Kaepernick threw incomplete to Randy Moss on first down and Frank Gore gained 3 yards on second down. On this play, Smith threw long, out of Mario Manningham's reach 25 yards down the left sideline. Manningham immediately complained to officials that cornerback Kyle Wilson held him. Wilson appeared to impede Manningham by grabbing his hand in the middle of the route.--Second quarter, third and 6 from NYJ 7 (1-for-3): With Kaepernick at quarterback, he got good blocking as he ran a sweep around the left side into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead.--Second quarter, third and 13 from NYJ 32 (1-for-4): The Jets rushed five men, and Smith did not pull the trigger to anyone underneath. When he spun away from a defender, he had the ball in his left arm as he scrambled to his left. Outside linebacker Calvin Pace quickly tracked him down for a 5-yard loss. Smith took back-to-back sacks, losing 9 yards, and David Akers missed a 55-yard field goal.--Second quarter, third and 8 from SF 25 (1-for-5): Crabtree avoided the jam from Wilson and had a couple steps on him down the left sideline. Smith badly overthrew Crabtree by a yard or two.--Third quarter, third and 3 from NYJ 22 (1-for-6): Smith's pass might have come out a little early, and it hit Delanie Walker in the face mask. Walker could not hold on. If he caught it cleanly, Walker should've been able to make it for the first down before Wilson got there for the tackle.--Third quarter, third and 4 from SF 46 (2-for-7): Given two choices for play calls, Smith stayed with the first option, giving the ball to Hunter on an inside handoff. The blocking up front, especially from right guard Alex Boone, was outstanding and Hunter gained 8 yards.
--Third quarter, third and 13 from NYJ 49 (2-for-8): Manningham did a stutter move on Wilson and slowed down as he looked back. He gained separation as he sped up down the left sideline with the ball in the air. Smith's pass was thrown to a spot, and it was very catchable. But Manningham tried to make a one-handed catch instead of attempting to get both hands on the ball. The ball hit Manningh's right hand and fell incomplete. Immediately, Manningham looked back at the official behind him as if to see if an illegal contact call had been made. No flag was thrown.--Third quarter, third and 1 from NYJ 2 (2-for-9): Using Will Tukuafu in the backfield, Frank Gore was stopped for no gain over the left side. The 49ers went for it on fourth down and scored for a 17-0 lead.--Fourth quarter, third and 1 from NYJ 33 (3-of-10): With the 49ers' jumbo package in the game, Gore went through a hole Daniel Kilgore opened with a takedown block on Calvin Pace to pick up 2 yards and a first down.--Fourth quarter, third and 1 from NYJ 22 (3-of-11): Cromartie timed it perfectly to break up Smith's quick slant throw to Crabtree on the right side of the 49ers' formation.--Fourth quarter, third and 2 from NYJ 2: This does not count in the stats, but it was a third-down conversion nonetheless. Jets linebacker Bart Scott was called for defensive holding against intended target, fullback Tukuafu, to give the 49ers a first down at the 1-yard line.MAIOCCO: Smith applauds Kaepernick's contributions in 34-0 win--Fourth quarter, third and 4 from NYJ 33 (4-of-12: On a designed run, Kaepernick took the snap under center and made a sprint around the right side for a 30-yard gain and slid at the 3-yard line rather than score another touchdown in the closing minutes.
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49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth


49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers


Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers

The 49ers appear to have plenty of depth along their front seven, but the team brought in three defensive linemen for workouts on Tuesday, according to a source.

Two of those players are Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, and former Steelers defensive end Ricardo Mathews, reports the NFL Network. The identity of the other player was not immediately known.

Jackson has been without a team since the Falcons released him in March with two years and $8.5 million remaining on his contract. He also worked out recently with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson, 31, spent his first five season in Kansas City before playing three years with the Falcons. He appeared in all 16 games last season, starting seven times, and recorded 13 tackles and no sacks.

Mathews, 30, took part in his second workout with the 49ers, according to the report. A seventh-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Mathews appeared in 16 games with five starts for the Steelers last season after signing a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. He spent the previous two seasons with the Chargers. 

The 49ers have an abundance of defensive linemen, or players capable of rushing the passer from a position along the defensive line, such as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Earl Mitchell, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch, Chris Jones, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Ronald Blair and D.J. Jones.

However, the 49ers were down three defensive linemen last week due to injuries to Buckner (ankle), Lynch (ankle) and Blair (groin). The 49ers have one opening on their 90-man roster.