GB-SF grades: Kaepernick, Gabbert grade poorly in Niners’ loss to Packers

Both Niners QBs struggle in loss. Aaron Rodgers appears rusty in his preseason debut, but the Packers' O-line looks sharp.

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(Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

GB-SF grades: Kaepernick, Gabbert grade poorly in Niners’ loss to Packers


Packers 21, 49ers 10

Here are the top-graded players and biggest takeaways from the Packers’ 21-10 win over the 49ers:

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback grade: Aaron Rodgers, 47.4

Aaron Rodgers looks rusty in his preseason debut

Aaron Rodgers looked a bit rusty in his first game this preseason. Rodgers was uncharacteristically inaccurate on many short throws, leaving his intended receivers without much of a chance to make a play on the ball. The raw statistics look fine (6-of-9 for 60 yards and one touchdown), but a few of his inaccurate throws were nullified by penalties. Rodgers’ one touchdown throw to Randall Cobb was a screen pass.

Top offensive grades:

QB Joe Callahan, 82.5

G Josh Sitton, 81.3

C J.C. Tretter, 76.8

T David Bakhtiari, 76.7

TE Jared Cook, 76.5

Offensive line does a good job of paving the way for RB Eddie Lacy

Three of the top five graded players on the Packer offense were starting offensive linemen. They helped starting running back Eddie Lacy rush for 45 yards on seven carries, moving the offense downfield. Neither Lacy nor James Starks finished with a positive rushing grade, showing that the line was the real reason for the success in the running game.

Top defensive grades:

LB Nick Perry, 81.1

ED Kyler Fackrell, 79.7

S Jermaine Whitehead, 78.6

CB Warren Gatewood, 78.4

LB Blake Martinez, 78.4

Linebackers show up big in Green Bay win

Both Blake Martinez and Nick Perry found themselves around the ball all night. Martinez finished with positive grades in pass defense, run defense and as a pass-rusher, while Perry had a run stop and two batted passes. Kyler Fackrell showed off his pass-rushing ability at the end of the game with two hurries.

Get the in-depth 2016 season preview for the Packers right here.

San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback grade: Blaine Gabbert, 49.4; Colin Kaepernick, 60

Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick both grade poorly in loss

Both 49ers quarterbacks struggled overall in this game. Blaine Gabbert started for the 49ers and did lead the team to a touchdown drive, but the key play was a cutback run by running Carlos Hyde to get them into the red zone. Gabbert’s TD throw was actually a lateral to wide receiver Quinton Patton. Kaepernick struggled to find a rhythm in this game, and was again plagued by poor pocket presence. He looked to scramble on third-and-long multiple times instead of looking to find a receiver.

Top offensive grades:

TE Blake Bell, 74.5

T John Theus, 74.5

T Trenton Brown, 72.5

C Marcus Martin, 71.1

T Erik Pears, 70.9

The Niners’ wide receivers weren’t much help, either

Although neither of the two quarterbacks were putting passes right on the receivers, it’s not as though the receivers were doing them any favors in return. Six of nine 49ers wide receivers finished with below-average grades, as they struggled to get open all night. Four of the top five graded players on offense were linemen, which doesn’t say much for the team’s skill positions.

Top defensive grades:

LB Shayne Skov, 84.5

ED Aaron Lynch, 81.7

ED Corey Lemonier, 79.9

LB Gerald Hodges, 79.5

LB Michael Wilhoite, 78.0

Linebackers, edge rushers perform well on defense

Although the defensive line got pushed around a bit in run defense, the 49ers’ inside linebackers graded well in run defense. Shayne Skov had four run stops and Gerald Hodges added two. Edge rushers Aaron Lynch and Corey Lemonier finished with the top two pass-rush grades in this game, with Lemonier generating three hurries on only seven rushes. That’s a positive sign at a position of need for the Niners.

Get the in-depth 2016 season preview for the 49ers right here, complete with positional rankings.

San Francisco 49ers 2016 season preview

  • JimmyCrackCorn

    Lacy doesn’t finish with a positive rushing grade? Insane. Yeah, the line was good-ish, but not giving any credit to Lacy for getting around the edge or hitting the right hole hard?

  • Cheyne Johnson

    Gabbert looked much better then Kaep but Kaep had a higher grade?

    • zinn21 zinn21

      PFF’s grading system is lunacy. They also graded Gabbert at 49.5 and Rodgers at 47.4. That’s wrong.. Also Wilhoite was slow and late on numerous plays. How was he one of the top graded defensive players? Wilhoite is a cut on my depth chart and Skov is a keep.

  • Jcool

    How does Kaepernick get a 60? He was horrible.

    • Julie

      These grades are lame doesn’t really say how good or bad a QB is.. Eyes tell you how good a QB is

  • Julie

    These grades are just dumb.. Doesn’t reflect how good a QB really is