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49ers-Panthers recap: Pro Football Focus grades Ray-Ray Armstrong, Brian Hoyer poorly

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Armstrong, filling in for Reuben Foster, was probably the worst player on the field on Sunday, and that’s saying a lot.

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The good folks over at Pro Football Focus are looking at every game this season and doing a short writeup with notable grades. As you can expect from the Week 1 game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers, they aren’t particularly kind to the 49ers.

When I loaded the article, the first thing I did was search for mentions of Zane Beadles. They didn’t list his grade, but they did mention him in the writeup for defensive lineman Kawann Short of the Panthers. Short was given an 88.6 grade for his four pressures, which either most or all came against Beadles.

They also noted that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, given a 66.9 overall grade, and running back Christian McCaffrey, given a 62.9 overall grade, didn’t play particularly well.

For the 49ers, offensive tackle Trent Brown (82.7), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (81.8), defensive end Tank Carradine (80.0), defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (79.9) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (79.3) were the top five graded players.

They also went in deep on Garcon and Carradine of those players above, and also talked about quarterback Brian Hoyer and linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Rookie LB Reuben Foster went down with an ankle injury and that means that Armstrong ended up playing 45 snaps over the game, giving him ample time to have some poor plays. He led the team with three missed tackles, but was also wayward in coverage a couple of times, and couldn’t get a reliable grasp on the Panthers runners out of the backfield too many times.

That’s what they had to say about Armstrong, who, yes, shouldn’t have been playing that much. But Foster’s injury was a scary one, so Armstrong, primarily a special teamer originally, took the bulk of snaps. He wasn’t good, and we’ll have more on his performance later.

They also noted Hoyer’s pass to Marquise Goodwin that was dropped, and noted that he struggled with accuracy beyond 10 yards. I will add to that that he wasn’t awful beyond 10 yards — there were a couple drops and outright good coverage by the Panthers.