49ers review: Defensive backs, specialists


49ers review: Defensive backs, specialists

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills concludes . . .Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: The 49ers' fourth corner played only six snaps. Entered as part of the team's dime package early in the third quarter and made the tackle on RB Fred Jackson for a 5-yard gain on a third-and-19 situation.
22-Carlos Rogers: He played 41 snaps, mostly in the slot, and recorded three tackles. The Bills has some success when they targeted him, as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 3 of 4 throws Rogers' way for 36 yards.
25-Tarell Brown: He played 41 snaps at right cornerback and recorded two tackles. Fitzpatrick completed 2 of 4 passes thrown with Brown in coverage for 22 yards.
26-Tramaine Brock: He played five snaps of defense late in the game after the 49ers took many of their starters off the field. He made a quick tackle of WR Stevie Johnson for no gain in the fourth quarter. . . Ran down Leodis McKelvin on 59-yard kickoff return in first quarter to save possible TD return.
27-C.J. Spillman: He played five snaps on defense and made one solo tackle. He also played 18 snaps on special teams.
28-Darcel McBath: he played five snaps of safety and also saw action on 20 plays of special teams. He was credited with one tackle on defense. He missed a tackle on McKelvin's 59-yard kickoff return.
29-Chris Culliver: He saw more action than any other player on defense with 42 snaps, as the 49ers were regularly in their nickel defense. He had another strong game with two tackles and an interception. . . He had good coverage against WR Donald Jones and made interception at the SF 2-yard line in the third quarter. Fitzgerald targeted Culliver five times, and the Bills had just one completion for 8 yards on those plays.
30-Trenton Robinson: Was not active (coaches' decision).
31-Donte Whitner: He played 41 snaps of defense and recorded three tackles. He was in coverage against TE Scott Chandler, whose 20-yard reception was the biggest Bills play in the passing game.
38-Dashon Goldson: He played 41 snaps, and made three tackles. Came crashing down on the line of scrimmage to stop RB C.J. Spiller for a 3-yard gain in the second quarter. . . Over-pursued on second-quarter play in which Spiller gained 12 yards. . . Picked up fumble late in first quarter and returned it 5 yards to set up a touchdown before the end of the half.REWIND: Defense clamps down on Bills
2-David Akers: Made a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter. He has made a field goal in each of his 21 games with the 49ers, tying the club record of Bruce Gossett. . . Six of his eight kickoffs were touchbacks.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 56.0 yards (42.0 net) on his only two punts of the game.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores just fine.

NFL QB Power Rankings Week 3: Derek Carr passes Jimmy Garoppolo


NFL QB Power Rankings Week 3: Derek Carr passes Jimmy Garoppolo

Victories and inspired performances (and, in one case, a stunning fashion statement) in the first two weeks of the regular season have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Tannehill shooting up the charts in this week’s NFL QB Power Rankings. Here are this week's rankings, and if you don’t like them, just wait a week . . .

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans: He takes his turn atop the list with his gaudy 81.3 completion percentage. (Last week -- 3)

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: The very rule that was enacted to legislate against a repeat of Rodgers’ injury of last season ends up costing the Packers a victory. (1)

3. Tom Brady, New England: He was out-dueled by Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, but at least he can figure on having recently-acquired Josh Gordon as his No. 1 wideout for 11 of the Patriots’ next 66 games. (2)

4. Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers: Despite the apathy in the stands when the two L.A. teams meet, it should be plenty entertaining on the field. (4)

5. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota: The Buffalo Bills are coming to town, which means it’s time to pad those statistics. (6)

6. Jared Goff, L.A. Rams: There’s no reason for him to apologize for being surrounded by so much talent because he’s playing as well as anyone. (11)

7. Alex Smith, Washington: A trip to Green Bay means more stories about the order the quarterbacks went off the board in the 2005 draft. (7)

8. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati: Unbeaten, in charge of the NFC North, and steamrolling toward a first-round playoff loss. (14)

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle: He’s as good as ever, but he has no chance with an utterly pathetic group of players around him. (5)

10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh: He’s even having difficulty keeping wide receiver Antonio Brown happy with too many passes and yards going to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. (8)

11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit: He would’ve had about 100 yards more against the 49ers if the ball hadn’t slipped out of his hands due to excessive drool while looking at wide receiver Marvin Jones running alone down the field. (9)

12. Cam Newton, Carolina: If he keeps feeding the ball to running back Christian McCaffrey, there’ll be a third member of the NFL’s 1,000-1,000 club with Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk. (10)

13. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay: Through two games, he is the best QB in league history and the most interesting man alive. (17)

14. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City: His film study to face the 49ers will undoubtedly point him in the direction opposite of cornerback Richard Sherman. (23)

15. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia: Upon his return from a devastating knee injury, he has to work his way up from a ranking in the middle of the pack. (Nick Foles, 22)

16. Ryan Tannehill, Miami: He’s gotten off to a good start, but he has not had to face a pass-rushing disturbance like Khalil Mack before this week. Wait! What? Mack no longer plays for the Raiders? (24)

17. Deshaun Watson, Houston: Not bad, just not nearly as good as the beginning of his rookie season. (12)

18. DEREK CARR, RAIDERS: OK, we can all agree after Carr completed a remarkable 29 of 32 pass attempts that he is not the problem. (21)

19. Matt Ryan, Atlanta: Vast research has uncovered there appears to be a difference in his production with Kyle Shanahan and Steve Sarkisian as his offensive coordinators. (13)

20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore: He can’t even pretend to not be disgusted when rookie Lamar Jackson enters the game to run trick plays at QB. (15)

21. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville: He rolled up 377 yards and four TDs against the Patriots. That is all. (26)

22. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants: They like Saquon Barkley, but the only who was truly happy the Giants didn’t draft a QB is Manning . . . and the Jets. (16)

23. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis: Underrated or overrated? Let’s give him another week or 14 to decide. (18)

24. Dak Prescott, Dallas: The bad news – only one TD pass in two games. The good news – no interceptions. (19)

25. JIMMY GAROPPOLO, 49ERS: For a guy coming off a 118.4 passer rating, there’s still a lot to clean up. (20)

26. Sam Darnold, N.Y. Jets: He’s still on the rise, entering a riveting Thursday night matchup against the Browns. (27)

27. Case Keenum, Denver: The Broncos might be one of just seven 2-0 teams, but this QB is least responsible for the wins among all the guys who are unbeaten. (25)

28. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago: His average of 5.4 yards per attempt means head coach Matt Nagy is certainly not putting too much on his plate. (29)

29. Marcus Mariota/Blaine Gabbert, Tennessee: Gabbert got the start last week and will probably start again. History has shown, the more he plays, the worse it gets. (30)

30. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland: No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, you can start warming up, too. (31)

31. Sam Bradford, Arizona: Rookie Josh Rosen, you can start warming up now. (28)

32. Josh Allen, Buffalo: Hey, give the kid some credit. He could have easily decided to retire at halftime. (32)

Jerry Rice supports Hall of Famers' cause but denies he's a board member


Jerry Rice supports Hall of Famers' cause but denies he's a board member

Former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice was identified as a board member of a group of Pro Football Hall of Famers who are lobbying for health insurance and an annual salary for all Hall of Famers.

But Rice released a statement on Tuesday to clarify that he is not a board member.

The group threatened to boycott the annual induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, unless the demands are met. The letter was sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, players union executive director DeMaurice Smith and David Baker, the president of the Hall of Fame.

The 100th anniversary of the NFL will be celebrated at the induction ceremony in 2020.

Rice released the following statement:

"While I support any effort to improve health insurance and benefits to all current and retired NFL players, I am not part of a players’ Hall of Fame board of directors as referenced in a letter earlier today. We need to continue to have meaningful discussions about this issue with the League, the Union and the HOF, especially as we near a new collective bargaining agreement. I plan to support the Pro Football Hall of Fame and look forward to attending the 100th anniversary in 2020."

The letter identified Eric Dickerson as the chair of the Hall of Fame Board and listed the following as board members: Rice, Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Mel Blount, Derrick Brooks, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Richard Dent, Carl Ellard, Marshall Faulk, Mike Haynes, Rickey Jackson, Curtis Martin, Joe Namath, John Randle, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jackie Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Kurt Warner and Sarah White, wife of the late Reggie White.

The letter noted Goodell’s $40 million annual salary and the NFL's reported generated $14 billion in revenue in 2017.

“Meanwhile, many of us Hall of Fame players can’t walk and many can’t sleep at night,” the letter read. “More than a few of us don’t even know who or where we are. Our long careers left us especially vulnerable to the dangers of this violent sport, especially those intentionally hidden from us. Commissioner Goodell, there are better uses for that money.”