The San Francisco 49ers defensive front showed up in a big way in Week 2, holding the Seattle Seahawks to 3.5 yards per carry on the ground, and spending much of the day harassing Russell Wilson. The defense got a ton of work, between poor offensive play, and some difficulty getting off the field on third down. The rotation led to plenty of work for rookie Solomon Thomas, and he stepped up.
Thomas finished the game with four tackles, including two for a loss, and one quarterback hit. That has gotten him nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award for Week 2. He is going up against Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (109 yards, 2 TDs), Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (100 yards), Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker (2 tackles, 1 interception), and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception).
Thomas faces some higher profile rookies, but he deserves credit for a solid Week 2 performance. Thomas was relatively quiet in Week 1, and while his interior line work might fly under the radar at times, we saw him make a definitive impact against the Seahawks.
He is currently rotating in behind strong side end Tank Carradine in the base, and then inside to defensive tackle behind DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead in the sub packages. Thomas is not technically a starter, but he continues to end up with the third most snaps behind only Buckner and Armstead. He is not listed as a starter, but in effect he is getting starter level snaps.
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