49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists

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49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants concludes . . .Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He played just four snaps of defense. He tracked down David Wilson to force him out of bounds at the end of a 66-yard kickoff return to open second half.
22-Carlos Rogers: He started at left cornerback and played 64 snaps. . . He had three tackles and broke up three passes, but could've had two interceptions, too. . . He was in coverage against Victor Cruz on the 6-yard TD in the second quarter. It appeared as if Donte Whitner was expected to provide inside help. . . Made a good play in coverage to hold Cruz to an 8-yard pass on a third-and-10 late in the first half. . . Dropped what should've been an easy interception in the third quarter while working against Cruz. . . Had another chance for a pick on a deep pass to Cruz, but Rogers did not go up for the ball to catch it at its highest point and Cruz broke up the pass.
25-Tarell Brown: He played all but one snap in the game and had seven tackles, but he also gave up a few plays, too. . . Peeled off his man and had chance to make a play on the ball, but went for Cruz instead. Cruz caught an 11-yard pass on a third-and-6 situation. . . Cruz created separation with a stop-and-go with a comeback for a 16-yard gain in second quarter. On the next play, he had OK coverage on Hakeem Nicks, but Eli Manning made a perfect throw for another 16-yard gain. . Nicks went up to make 26-yard pass against him. Brown was also called for pass interference on the play. . . Made move around TE Bear Pascoe off the left side to block Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt in closing seconds of first half. . . Good coverage against Hixon in end zone for incomplete pass in third quarter. . . Called for offside that gave the Giants a first down on a field-goal attempt.
26-Tramaine Brock: He did not play on defense.
27-C.J. Spillman: He played one snap on defense in a goal-line situation.
28-Darcel McBath: He did not play any defense, but contributed 21 plays on special teams.
29-Chris Culliver: He played 20 snaps of defense and had his least-effective game as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback. . . He had four tackles. . . Struggled against Giants WR Domenik Hixon, allowing a 39-yard pass on a third-and-6 in the second quarter. Three plays later Hixon had a 16-yard catch at the sideline against Culliver on a third-and-8. Also gave up catches of 9 and 14 yards to Hixon in the second quarter.
30-Trenton Robinson: Was not active (coaches' decision).
31-Donte Whitner: He recorded five tackles and had one tackle for a loss. . . Shifted to shadow Victor Cruz went in motion but bit hard on run fake on 6-yard TD pass to Cruz in second quarter.
38-Dashon Goldson: He played all but one snap in the game and recorded eight tackles, and attacked the line of scrimmage in the run game, and had one tackle for a loss. . . Missed tackle in open field on RB Ahmad Bradshaw, enabling him to pick up final 8 yards on a 23-yard carry in the fourth quarter.Specialists
2-David Akers: He missed two of his three field-goal attempts. . . Good snap and hold, but hooked 43-yard attempt wide right at end of 49ers' opening drive. . . Again, was provided a perfect snap and hold on 52-yard attempt at end of first half. He pushed that one wide left.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 49.8 yards (49.3 net) on four punts with one punt inside the 20-yard line.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores with no problems.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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