Climbing to the Top: Standouts from the 49ers Second Preseason Game
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Is it time to buy into these players?
The 49ers closed out Week 2 of the preseason with a 24-15 win over the Denver Broncos. The team now eyes a Week 3 game in Kansas City which will likely be the last action the starters will see before opening the season in Tampa Bay. So with only two weeks before the team is cut from 90 players down to 53, who saw their stock rise the most on Monday night?
Samuel has yet to see action with the first team offense but is making the most of his opportunities thus far. After making a highlight reel catch against the Cowboys that eventually set up a Jalen Hurd touchdown, Samuel continued his big plays against the Broncos. He took reverse handoff and beat the defenders to the corner and turned it into 45-yard gain. With the starting offense likely playing the first half against the Chiefs, Samuel should finally get some work with Jimmy Garoppolo.
Mostert is viewed by many as a special-teams ace, but on Monday night he showed his abilities with the ball in his hands. With the coaching staff playing it safe with Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman, Mostert was handed a golden opportunity and took full advantage. He finished as the team’s leading rusher and leading receiver, with nine carries for 58 yards and one touchdown to go along with two catches for 42 yards. If he can keep the production up for the remainder of the preseason he’s likely to become another weapon in Kyle Shanahan’s toolbox.
Who is this guy? Seriously. The 49ers signed Valoaga about 48 hours before the preseason opener against the Cowboys and he delivered two tackles for a loss and two sacks. Monday night was no different as he finished the game with seven tackles and half a sack. While he hasn’t seen much against opposing teams’ starting offenses, if he continues to perform like this to finish out the preseason, he may just force his way into an already deep defensive line group
The undrafted defensive tackle from Penn State was everywhere on Monday night. He didn’t do the type of things that fill up a box score, tallying only one tackle. But he looked like San Francisco’s best lineman all night. Givens played 37 snaps and showed speed off the ball and technique to match. Right now, he’s on the outside looking in at what might be the deepest position group on the team. But if he can string together two more games, he could be pushing a surprise addition to the final 53-man roster.
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