The San Francisco 49ers are getting ready for Week 3 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, but before that arrives, I wanted to take a look back at what the team’s rookies did in Week 2. The 49ers are a young team looking to build out from their 2017 and 2018 draft classes. Today, we’re back to take a look at the 2018 rookie class.
Rookie of the day: OT Mike McGlinchey
The 49ers pass protection remains shaky, but McGlinchey and the offensive line did great work in the run game. It was a downer of a game in a lot of ways, but Matt Breida and Alfred Morris are finding a whole lot of open lanes. McGlinchey did solid blocking on the ground and PFF has him with the second best total run blocking grade among all right tackles. He also leads rookie offensive tackles in overall grade.
WR Dante Pettis
It was a quiet day for Pettis. He had one punt return for one yard, and was not targeted in the passing game. The big news of note was seeing him drop behind Marquise Goodwin with the latter’s return to the depth chart. Pettis saw his snap total cut in half, and there are too many mouths to feed for the moment. The switch to C.J. Beathard will be something to watch for how it impacts who gets targeted in the passing game.
LB Fred Warner
The 49ers have themselves a tackling machine in their third round pick. Warner led the team with 11 tackles, including two for a loss. He struggled with four missed tackles, but he continues to be a stop machine. He is third in the NFL with 33 tackles, behind rookie Darius Leonard (41) and Kiko Alonso (34). Props to Leonard for a solid rookie season, but I think Warner deserves some extra credit for doing this as the MIKE, wearing the green dot communication helmet. The missed tackles need to be cleaned up, but he’s been the team’s best rookie thus far.
CB Tarvarius Moore
The 49ers cornerback depth chart took some hits on Sunday, and that got Moore into the game on defense after two straight weeks of exclusively special teams work. He played five defensive snaps and was not targeted after Jimmie Ward and Richard Sherman both suffered injuries. What was interesting on game day was that the coaching staff deactivated Greg Mabin for the game. With Richard Sherman likely out this week with a calf injury, maybe we see a little more of Moore on defense.
DB D.J. Reed
Reed is the team’s primary kick returner, but in Week 3 he got a big opportunity after Adrian Colbert got hurt. Reed took over at free safety and played 51 defensive snaps to go along with 18 special teams snaps. He played 46 snaps at free safety and five at slot corner. He was targeted once for an incompletion, and had two three tackles. Colbert was back at practice on Thursday in limited fashion, and will be one to watch heading into Sunday’s game against the Chargers.