Grades for 49ers-Texans

Here are the top takeaways and graded players from Saturday night’s 49ers-Texans game.

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(AP Photo/George Bridges)

(AP Photo/George Bridges)

Grades for 49ers-Texans

Here are the top takeaways and graded players from Saturday night’s 49ers-Texans game:


–NT Mike Purcell finished with a game-high +4.2 overall grade, thanks in large part to his dominant performance (+3.0) against the run. Purcell finished with five stops, and positive grades in run defense, pass rushing and pass coverage.

–LB Shayne Skov took full advantage of his opportunity, starting the game at LILB and leading all defensive players in both snaps (66) and run-defense grade (+3.8).

–Backup guards Brandon Thomas and Andrew Tiller were impressive; neither player allowed a pressure in pass protection, and each finished with a +2.1 run-blocking grade.

Top 5 Graded Players:

Mike Purcell (+4.2)

Shayne Skov (+3.0)

Brandon Thomas (+2.7)

Andrew Tiller (+2.6)

Eric Reid (+2.1)



–Backup tackle Kendall Lamm finished with a game-worst -6.0 grade. The rookie free agent allowed a hit and two hurries in pass protection, struggled in the run game (-3.2) and was flagged for a false start at the end of the first half that nullified a spiked ball and took a play away from the Texans.

–LB Kourtnei Brown led the team with a +2.4 grade after converting seven pass rushes into two sacks and a hurry.

–Rookie Kevin Johnson earned a game-best +1.5 pass coverage grade after allowing one completion of 3 yards on two targets.

Top 5 Graded Players:

Kourtnei Brown (+2.4)

Mike Mohamed (+1.7)

Whitney Mercilus (+1.7)

Brian Hoyer (+1.3)

Cecil Shorts (+1.3)

  • sean

    Very impressed by Purcell..the improvements he has made since last year are dramatic. Unfortunately for him, the talent on the 49ers D-Line is deep. He may not make the team..

    • AMAC

      Purcell’s improvement was very noticeable! Wow!
      I have to believe he makes the team over a Kaleb Ramsey or even Okoye. Good problem to have!

    • Willtalk

      They need to see if they can make some trades. No sense in allowing talented players to get picked off waivers while there are other positions that are weak. They need to do this a bit before the 53 cut downs because if it gets too close to then teams will wait for the releases rather than trading. The closer to the cut down the less leverage they will have. Unless it is a team with a good record who would get last pick on waivers. They waited too long in 2013 and just got seventh rounders for two lb who started for the teams they went too.

      • theowl

        what are the weak positions?

        • Willtalk

          It appears they already traded an excess TE for an O-lineman. I think they might try to trade some other players as well.

      • theowl

        The best they can get for anyone is a draft pick. The Niners weakest position is Rt. Guard and Rt. Tackle. If they think they can compete, they should sign Mathis for 3 yrs… and keep him for 2 if he is a viejo. Only thing stopping that is Boone’s ego.

  • Mr Clay

    Most people in Houston only really care about the QB competition. Not alot to breakdown on Hoyer (only threw 4 passes) but a breakdown of Mallett would be nice