Brandt believes Moseley will bounce back for 49ers vs. Jets


Emmanuel Moseley had a tough season-opener.

The Arizona Cardinals showed the 49ers how much of a problem a duo of Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins can be. Hopkins, in his Cardinals debut, hauled in 14 catches for 151 receiving yards to help beat the 49ers at Levi's Stadium, 24-20. 

With Richard Sherman his opposite cornerback, the Cardinals went right after Moseley. He was targeted 13 total times, 11 by Hopkins, and allowed the star receiver 96 yards when lining up against him. Luckily for Moseley, the New York Jets don't have anybody close to Hopkins at receiver. 

Moseley will have to be the 49ers' top cornerback Sunday as Sherman was placed on IR with a calf strain. But Hall of Fame front office executive Gil Brandt lists Moseley as one of his seven players primed for a bounce back in Week 2.

"San Francisco isn't scheduled to face another threat of Hopkins' caliber until Week 9, when the Niners will see Packers star Davante Adams," Brandt wrote. "In the meantime, Moseley can work out the kinks over the next couple games against the two New York teams."

Jamison Crowder led the Jets with 115 receiving yards in the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills. That's a great start for the veteran receiver, but he's not Hopkins. Not even close.

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The Jets' top receivers are Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Chris Hogan. That doesn't exactly stack up to Arizona's trio of Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. 


Moseley needs a bounce-back week, and he's in good position to do so.