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Mike McGlinchey leads quiet Week 3 for 49ers rookies

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  • Mike McGlinchey leads quiet Week 3 for 49ers rookies

    The San Francisco 49ers are getting ready for Week 3 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs Nick Mullens Jersey , 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 McGlincheyThe 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 PettisIt 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 WarnerThe 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 Nick Mullens 49ers Jersey , 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 MooreThe 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. ReedReed 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.49ers rookie D.J. Reed named to PFF team of the week Another week, another strong performance from a San Francisco 49ers rookie. Fifth round pick D.J. Reed had a huge kickoff return to open the second half, setting up a touchdown score that would prove key. Reed returned the kickoff 101 yards to the house, but was flagged for a facemask penalty near the end. The penalty was at the 11 yard line, so the return was officially 90 yards. It was the 49ers longest kickoff return since Kyle Williams registered a 94-yard kickoff return on September 23 Quarterback Nick Mullens Jersey , 2012 against the Minnesota Vikings.Reed had four kick returns for 159 yards on the day. His other three returns were for 24, 22, and 25 yards. Those aren’t huge totals, but they got the 49ers out to or near the 25 yard line to start each drive. But the big return was enough to get him included on the Pro Football Focus’ team of the week for Week 2. It leaves Reed No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average.Reed had been alternating with Trent Taylor on kick returns. Although that 90-yard return was just one kick return, it’s an area where Reed excelled in college. As a sophomore, he averaged 28.3 yards on nine kick returns. As a junior he averaged 34.2 yards on 17 kick returns. He has the skills to succeed as the returner, and hopefully he is the primary kick returner in Week 3.Here’s what Reed had to say after the game.You came up with a big play in the game with the return. Can you tell me a little bit about that play and at the end?“I just want to shout out all of my teammates that were blocking for me. Everyone held their blocks. For me it was easy and anybody could have done what I did. My whole special teams unit did a good job blocking. [San Francisco 49ers special teams coordinator] coach [Richard] Hightower did a good job setting it up and calling the play up. I just want to send a shout out to everybody.” It seemed like there were some missed opportunities last week. How do you think that this team has improved on executing and finishing?“I think that we still have a long way to go. That was an ugly win, but I will take an ugly win over a pretty loss. We still have a long way to go as a team. We have so much potential. We just have to keep building. We are going to watch the film tomorrow and build off of that so we can be ready for next week.” Like you said a W is a W; What kind of tone does that set for the season?“Everybody in here loves winning, whether it is ugly or pretty. Whatever it is we won. We just want to obviously keep winning. That is one of our goals is to win. That is why we are here.”
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