49ers: Boone back to his best

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49ers: Boone back to his best


PFF-headlinesMuch has been made about the recent slump that the San Francisco 49ers have experienced on offense, but one player who has been at his best in recent weeks is right guard Alex Boone, who is showing signs of a return to his 2012 form, when he was one of the best guards in football.

Boone held out for the entire of preseason, and then reported to the team just before the opening week of the season. He played four snaps as an extra lineman in Week 1 against Dallas before returning to the starting lineup in Week 2. He definitely had some rust to shake off, as he struggled to a -7.5 overall grade in his first four starts, allowing three sacks and 11 total QB pressures for a 94.3 Pass Blocking Efficiency (PBE), 61st out of 74 guards through the first five weeks.

However Boone righted the ship after that, and has not allowed a sack since. In his last five games, he has a +10.2 overall grade, which is in the top five among all guards during that span; while giving up just two pressures (both hurries) earning him a +6.3 pass blocking grade, second-best in that stretch. Despite the poor start, Boone’s PBE has improved to 97.0%, 24th out of 79 qualifying guards.

  • Matthew Robinson

    This is good news because Alex Boone is a heck of a player when he wants to be. He’s a limited athlete, but he gets the most out of what God did give him.
    To this day, I still can’t believe he didn’t he didn’t get drafted in the 2009 Draft, he was a stud at Ohio State.
    You mean to tell me 2009 7th round picks in Cincinnati’s Trevor Canfield, San Diego State’s Lance Louis, Syracuse’s Ryan Durand, and Arizona State’s Paul Fanaika were better guard or tackle prospects than Boone? Get out of here with that ish.

    • Mood_Indigo

      He had alcohol-abuse issues starting with DUI in 2006 and drunken brawls as late as 2009 that sank his draft stock. Niners first put him on the PS after he didn’t make the cut as a UDFA.

      • Matthew Robinson

        Yeah and thank you for that Mood_Indigo; I heard about that and ESPN and certain media outlets talked about his alcohol abuse (which has permeated his NFL career) so DAMN much back when he was drafted.
        The media is so powerful in how they influence people. Look what the media did to Dan Marino 31 years ago. I am a member of the sports media, but I’ll be damned if I cut a NFL Draft prospect short because of his off the field issues. That’s just me.