49ers: Young players impress in loss to Seattle

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49ers: Young players impress in loss to Seattle

PFF-headlinesThe San Francisco 49ers’ faint playoff hopes came to end last Sunday in a 17-7 loss to the rival Seattle Seahawks. However, there were some positives to take away as several of the 49ers’ youngsters shined in the hostile environment of CenturyLink Field.

Second-year defensive lineman Quinton Dial earned a career-high +2.5 grade against the Seahawks, including a +3.1 grade against the run.

Rookie Chris Borland had three stops and a +1.3 grade before injuring his ankle at the end of the first half. Despite appearing in just nine games, Borland’s +16.2 grade against the run and his 21.3% run stop percentage lead all inside linebackers by a wide margin.

Running back Carlos Hyde’s +2.6 grade was also a career best, and 38 of his 55 rushing yards on Sunday (on just six carries) came after contact.

Defensive end Tank Carradine got his first two sacks of his career on just six pass rushes vs. Seattle, for a hugely impressive 33.3 Pass Rushing Productivity score.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson allowed just two catches on five targets for 16 yards in his first NFL start, earning a +1.1 overall grade.

While there will likely be significant turnover in Santa Clara in the offseason, the 49ers have several players poised to step up and make an impact in 2015.

  • AMAC

    I think we are going to look back on this class of rookies (2014 draft) in about 5-10 years and realize we had potentially the best draft we’ve had in a long a** time!!!

    This list doesn’t even include Aaron Lynch (5th Rd steal), Marcus Martin (potential starter at G/C), and Bruce Ellington if we could figure out how to use him. Doesn’t include B. Thomas, Millard and Reaser potential steals.

    • Das Dweeb

      Go preach! There’s even one more – Acker – who may have been the best-looking rookie DB of the Niners’ preseason. A new offensive regime, the return of all these injured stars – this season really hurts, but next is full of promise.

      • eYeDEF

        So long as the right coach is hired. Never a sure thing.

        • Bnhoj

          You got that right!! The right players with wrong coach means losing. Think about Singletary in 2010 posting 6-10 record then Harbugh in 2011 with same basic players goes to NFC Championship game!