49ers review: Defensive player-by-player


49ers review: Defensive player-by-player

Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' defensive performances from their 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday:Defensive linemen
90-Isaac Sopoaga: Started at nose tackle and, of course, played both ways. See offensive review for his recap on offense. He recorded one tackle for a loss in the game, while playing most of the downs as part of the 49ers' base defense. . . . Dropped into coverage on the second play of the game and alertly recovered fumble on Ahmad Brooks' sack of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
91-Ray McDonald: Started at left defensive end and played 2 12 quarters before leaving with a left hamstring strain. . . . Injured his hamstring as he was pressuring McCoy for an incomplete pass in the second quarter.
93-Ian Williams: Inactive. (Follow on Twitter @IWilliams95)
94-Justin Smith: Started at right defensive end and played all but two snaps on defense. . . He was credited with four tackles and one quarterback hurry. . . . Held up left guard Jason Pinkston to stuff the middle on running back Chris Ogbonnaya's 2-yard gain in first quarter. . . . He played every snap through the middle of the fourth quarter. On the second play on which he was not on the field, the Browns hit a 45-yard touchdown pass. . . . Called for roughing the passer late in fourth quarter.
95-Ricky Jean Francois: Entered the game at nose tackle at the beginning of the second quarter to give a rest to Sopoaga, who had been playing a lot of offense. . . . Jean Francois played a lot of left defensive end in place of McDonald for the final 2 12 quarters. . . As part of the nickel package, he got pressure on McCoy, forcing him to throw in complete pass late in second quarter. . . . Immediately recognized screen pass and was right there to along with Patrick Willis to throw receiver Greg Little for an 8-yard loss. (Follow on Twitter @Freakyjean95)
96-Demarcus Dobbs: Played seven snaps of defense in the second half after McDonald's injury. . . He was not credited with any tackles. . . Entered in the fourth quarter on a nickel down and stood over the center and clogged up middle to allow Aldon Smith to loop around him on a stunt to pick up a sack.Linebackers
51-Blake Costanzo: Played solely on special teams, where he recorded a tackle. (Follow on Twitter @BlakeCostanzo51)
52-Patrick Willis: Started at middle linebacker and was credited with seven tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss while playing every defensive snap in the game. . . . Read a wide receiver screen and threw Little for an 8-yard loss early in the third quarter. . . . Timed blitz perfectly and made McCoy escape pocket and throw on the move on a pass Dashon Goldson intercepted in the end zone. . . . Beat block attempt of Ogbannaya to sack McCoy for 3-yard loss late in game. (Follow on Twitter @PatrickWillis52)
53-NaVorro Bowman: Started at inside linebacker, played every snap and was credited with a game-high 11 tackles . . . Came up rapidly to drop Ogbonnaya for 4-yard gain on completion over the middle in first quarter. . . . Surrendered 29-yard pass to tight end Ben Watson in third quarter. . . . Wrapped up Ogbonnaya for 2-yard loss in fourth quarter on short pass. . . . He also added a tackle on special teams. (Follow on Twitter @NBowman53)
54-Larry Grant: Played on special teams but was not credited with any tackles. (Follow on Twitter @LarryGrant54)
55-Ahmad Brooks: Started at left outside linebacker and played most of the game. He recorded three tackles and two sacks, along with a forced fumble. . . . Ducked inside of right tackle Tony Pashos, who knocked his helmet off, and sacked McCoy to force a fumble on the second play of the game. . . . Powered through blitz-pickup attempt of Ogbonnaya to drop McCoy for a 6-yard sack in third quarter.
56-Tavares Gooden: Had a good game on special teams with two tackles.
98-Parys Haralson: Started at right outside linebacker and played all 25 of the team's base downs. . . He was credited with three tackles. . . Avoided block of tight end Alex Smith to stop Ogbonnaya for 1-yard gain in second quarter. . . . Shoved to the ground by Pashos, he reached up and stripped McCoy of the football on next-to-last play of the game. McCoy picked it up and threw a short completition.
99-Aldon Smith: Played 26 snaps in the game as a defensive end in nickel situations and registered two tackles and a sack in the fourth consecutive game. . . . Shed the block to stop Ogbannaya for a 3-yard gain in first quarter. . . . Got his fingertips on a McCoy pass to force incompletion on a third-and-7 pass in first quarter. . . . Looped around on a stunt to throw McCoy for a 7-yard loss on a fourth-quarter sack. (Follow on Twitter @AldonSmithJETS)Defensive backs
20-Madieu Williams: Played solely on special teams, registering one tackle. (Follow on Twitter @MadieuWilliams)
22-Carlos Rogers: Started at left cornerback and played every snap. He had three tackles and broke up one pass. . . . Went low on attempted tackle of tight end Smith, who avoided tackle and ended up gaining 20 yards for a first down on a third-and-10 play in the third quarter. . . . Closed quickly on Little to stop him for 3-yard gain in third quarter. . . . Failed to wrap up and stop McCoy from gaining first down on a third-quarter scramble. . . Upended Ogbonnaya to break up pass on third-and-2 situation late in third quarter.
25-Tarell Brown: Started at right cornerback and played every snap. He recorded three tackles and broke up one pass. . . . Had good coverage in end zone on Little on play in which Dashon Goldson intercepted McCoy's pass. . . Playing cover-2, Brown tried unsuccessfully to get a hand on the pass to Cribbs for a 45-yard touchdown.
26-Tramaine Brock: Inactive (hand). (Follow on Twitter @T26Brock)
27-C.J. Spillman: Played on special teams and was credited with one tackle. (Follow on Twitter @CJSPILLMAN27)
29-Chris Culliver: Entered game as 49ers' third cornerback and played 35 snaps. He had another good showing in coverage and he broke up one pass and recorded five tackles. . . . Had good coverage on pass intended for Little on third down down in first quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Cullyinthehouse)
30-Reggie Smith: Played nine snaps on defense when the 49ers went with six defensive backs at the end of each half. (Follow on Twitter @superreg30)
31-Donte Whitner: Started at strong safety and played every snap in the game. He was credited with three tackles and a quarterback hurry. . . He and Goldson hit Ogbonnaya simultaneously to force fumble that jarred ball back 7 yards for a net 1-yard gain. . . . Came on blitz in third quarter that pressured McCoy into incomplete pass. (Follow on Twitter @DonteWhitner)
36-Shawntae Spencer: Did not play.
38-Dashon Goldson: Started at free safety. He and Whitner hit Ogonnaya at same time to force fumble in second quarter. . . . Penalized 15 yards for a blow to the head that helped the Browns get into position for field goal at end of the first half. . . . Had perfect deep coverage of Little in the end zone and intercepted McCoy's third-quarter pass. . . . While in Cover-2 defense, he took a poor angle toward sideline and was not there to prevent Cribbs' 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @thehawk38)
43-Colin Jones: Played exclusively on special teams.Specialists
2-David Akers: The Browns' average starting point on their five kickoffs was the 23-yard line. Akers had one touchback. He also made both of his field-goal attempts, connecting from 29 and 26 yards out. (Follow on Twitter @DavidAkers2)
4-Andy Lee: He had another outstanding game after not attempting a punt in the first half. Lee averaged 53.6 yards (42.8 net) on five punts, including two he landed inside the 20-yard line.
86-Brian Jennings: Handled the long-snapping duties with no problems. (Follow on Twitter @Jennings141)

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance

MIAMI -- A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

"We're being unjustly killed and overly criminalized," Lawrence wrote early Saturday in a Facebook post. "I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that we belong in this country and that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us."

Miami Heat officials said they had no advance knowledge of Lawrence's plan to protest. Lawrence, a social worker, kept the shirt hidden until her performance.

"I didn't get paid to sing the national anthem nor was this moment about any sort of fame," Lawrence wrote. "Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag, it's a rallying cry."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Heat players and coaches stood side by side for the anthem before their game with Philadelphia, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. The team plans to continue standing that way for the anthem this season as a show of unity.

"Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday in New York. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though he was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."

49ers promote RB to active roster ahead of game vs Bucs

49ers promote RB to active roster ahead of game vs Bucs

The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster to be eligible to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

The team waived defensive lineman Taylor Hart to make room for Harris on the 53-man roster. Hart, originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, was claimed by the 49ers off waivers on Sept. 5. He appeared in one game and recorded two tackles.

Running back Carlos Hyde has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a right shoulder injury. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn have served as the 49ers’ backup running backs through the first six games of the season.

Harris (5 foot 7, 206 pounds) has bounced between the 49ers’ 53-man roster and practice squad this season. He has yet to appear in a game. Last season, he played in two games, rushing for 140 yards on 27 carries. He also caught nine passes for 97 yards.

Draughn and Davis are the 49ers’ fourth- and fifth-leading rushers this season behind Hyde and quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Draughn has 55 yards rushing on 18 attempts, while Davis has 18 yards on 10 carries.