By: Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernan)
Heading into preseason week 1, there were (as with any team) a number of major questions surrounding the 49ers – Is Hoyer a QB1? How will the bevy of undrafted free agents preform on their first outing? Also after Kyle Shanahan revealed shortly before gameday that the starters would only play about a quarter or so, how will the 1’s look in action?
- While the 49ers starters didn’t impress by any means (specifically on offense), the team was still able to get out of Kansas City with the win! Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer finished the night 1/4, 3 yards – not the outing you’d hope for if you’re trying to prove yourself a starter. Granted, Hoyer did connect with WR Jeremy Kerley for a 15-yard pass, but it was called back.
- Rashard Robinson was all over the place Friday night, as Tyreek Hill flew by him on the very first play for a 32-yard gain. Later in that same drive, Robinson missed a tackle that would hold the Chiefs to a field goal instead of the consequential touchdown. The next drive, again Robinson was beat by Chris Conley for another 30 or so yards gain.
- However, Robinson was determined to end the night on a good note. He was able to intercept a pass and return it 30 yards, giving SF tremendous field position.
- It was a great night for the 49ers rookie class, including the undrafted free-agents. FS Lorenzo Jerome earned the starting spot over veteran Vinnie Sunseri after an injury kept Jimmie Ward out of the game. Jerome shined for the 49ers and finished the game with three tackles.
- Fellow rookie Reuben Foster earned the start next to the heart and soul of the team – NaVorro Bowman and played almost the entire first half. Foster nearly came away with a highlight-reel interception, but the ball ricocheted out of his arms. Foster finished the game with two tackles.
- The 49ers first, first-round pick Solomon Thomas was certainly a sight to see Friday night, putting on quite the show for the Faithful. He was disruptive the entire night, and Thomas surely was more than a handful for the Chiefs offensive linemen. He played late into the fourth quarter.
- Rookie WR Trent Taylor was electrifying in his NFL debut.
- Matt Barkley was able to come in and provide the 49ers wih a spark offensively. He quickly connected with newly-acquired WR Aldrick Robinson for a 63-yard gain. They would connect again later for a tounchdown, but it was called back due to a penalty. Barkley finished the game 10/17, 168 yards.
- Rookie quarterback CJ Beathard had something to say about the team’s deficit once he entered the game. Beathard quickly connected with WR Kendrick Bourne for a 46-yard touchdown. Later, Beathard was able to successfully complete the two-point conversion after a 2-yard score to McCloskey as well. Beathard finished the game 7/11, 101 yards and two scores.
- Aaron Lynch’s stock rised dramatically after Friday night, as he finished with 2 sacks, a PBU, and a stuffed run. HC Kyle Shanahan made a point to praise Aaron Lynch in the post-game press conference.
- Flags were flying all over the place Friday night, as the 49ers totaled a whopping 17 penalties for 131 yards in total. A few of these penalties cost the team either big plays or even scores.
- Crowded backfield – the 49ers proved to have a plethora of capable backs in their arsenal. Although Hightower didn’t play & Hyde only had two carries for 0 yards, Williams, Breida & Mostert were more than happy to step up to the plate. Williams finished the game with 7 carries for 60 yards. Breida totaled 40 yards on 11 carries. Last but not least, newly-acquired Raheem Mostert was a sight to see, finishing the game with 89 yards on 15 carries.
Rookie WR Trent Taylor is electrifying returning a punt late in the game.
Solomon Thomas shined brightly.
Post-game press conference.
Rookie QB CJ Beathard delivers a well-timed pass to WR Kendrick Bourne for a 46-yard touchdown!
All the highlights from 49ers vs. Chiefs!
49ers Senior Reporter Joe Fann points out some interesting statistics from the win.
Rookie CJ Beathard talks about his first action in an NFL game.
49ers General Manager John Lynch shakes the hand of every player as they walked into the locker room from the field Friday night.