CLEVELAND –- Kicker Phil Dawson might have been the only member of the 49ers who will want to remember this day.
Dawson, 40, who spent his first 14 NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, was honored with a tribute on the team's message board early in the game.
Dawson was greeted with a standing ovation.
“I patted my heart,” Dawson said. “All week, the lead-up has been tremendous. The love and support from those in the stadium today was very nice to experience, and it’ll be something that I’ll always remember.
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“When I’m an old man and my memory’s starting to fade, I just hope the good Lord allows me to always hold onto this one because this is one of those rare ones.”
Dawson had little impact on the 49ers' 24-10 loss to the Browns on Sunday.
Dawson, however, did connect on a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. Dawson now owns the two longest streaks of made field goals in 49ers history. In 2013, he set the franchsie record with 27 in a row. Dawson’s current streak stands at 19. His first field-goal attempt of the season was blocked, and he has not missed a field-goal attempt since.
Richard Sherman's resume is as long as any other cornerback, but NFL analyst Peter Schrager believes the 49ers veteran is underrated.
"I think Richard Sherman last year had a really good season," Schrager said on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" on Monday. "The Achilles didn't seem to bother him all that much. And then when it mattered most, [he] was shutting down the No. 1 wide receivers in the league, and that was with a completely depleted defense and an offense that had an undrafted rookie named Nick Mullens keeping them afloat. I think Richard Sherman [is] still underrated."
Sherman started 14 games in his first season with San Francisco, defending a career-low four passes and intercepting zero passes for the first time in his career. Those low counting stats would be concerning for a defensive back's first season in their 30s, even excluding the season-ending Achilles injury he sustained in 2017, but Sherman's production wasn't the same as his best years with the Seattle Seahawks in large part because NFL offenses didn't seem to underrate him.
According to Pro Football Focus, Sherman was targeted just once every 12.6 coverage snaps. No cornerback was avoided more than him, and Sherman also ranked first among corners in allowing a reception every 20.7 coverage snaps. In other words, opposing quarterbacks seemed to rate Sherman as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks.
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How long that continues is an open question. Sherman is entering his ninth year in the NFL and turned 31 in March. Twenty-eight defensive backs were 31 or older last NFL season, and only 12 of them were 32 or older. Sherman will be 33 if he finishes out the three-year deal he signed with the 49ers last year, and it seems likely he will be targeted more the older he gets.
But until then, it's clear Sherman's opposition under center view him as one of the best cornerbacks in the league even if Schrager's punditry peers do not.
Organized team activities began Monday for NFL teams, and Washington suffered a loss shortly after the opening of camp.
Former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster went down during the second play of OTAs with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury. He was on the ground for several minutes before being carted off while in tears.
After an receiving an MRI, Foster's injury appears to be very serious.
That's a brutal development for Foster and Washington.
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Foster was drafted by the 49ers with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which was the beginning of a tumultuous time in the Bay Area.
The Alabama product was arrested three times and suffered multiple on-field injuries during his time with the 49ers. San Francisco cut ties with Foster last November after he was accused of committing domestic battery at a team hotel in Florida.
Washington claimed the linebacker off waivers a few days later. Foster recorded 84 solo tackles in his 16-game career with the 49ers.
The 49ers have since revamped their linebacking corps after Foster's departure. They signed Kwon Alexander to a four-year contract in the offseason and spent a fifth-round draft pick on Arkansas' Dre Greenlaw.
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch hope Alexander, once he gets fully healthy, and Greenlaw can fill the role left by Foster's departure in the middle of the defense.