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The San Francisco 49ers were able to get back on the winning side of things with a costly 31-13 drubbing of the New York Jets. While the win was nice, the injuries were the story of the day. Enough chit chat, on to the stock watch!
Stock Down: ACL Strength
Let us get this out of the way. The ACL tears to defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas have 49ers Faithful ready to throw in the towel on the 2020 season. Bosa’s injury, in particular, is a huge blow to what was the biggest strength of Robert Saleh’s defense. He was one of the frontrunners for NFL Defensive Player of the Year coming into the season and was having a strong start. Veteran defensive end Ziggy Ansah was signed and former third-overall pick Dion Jordan was called up from the practice squad to fill the holes on the line and only time will tell if that is enough.
Stock Up: That Mostert Guy is Fast
On the first play of the game, running back Raheem Mostert took a pitch to the right and went 80 yards for a touchdown. This was the second straight week where Mostert had a 75-plus-yard touchdown and marked the first time in NFL history that has happened to open a season. The 49ers reworked Mostert’s contract in the offseason to show more faith in him and he is showing them why he is worth every penny. Unfortunately, he also went down with a knee injury before halftime. Speaking of injuries on the offensive side of the ball…
Stock Down: Shanahan’s Offensive Depth Chart
Tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Deebo Samuel were already not suiting up for action on Sunday and once the final whistle blew, they were not the only offensive players on the injury report. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered an ankle sprain on the second drive of the game but put together a gutsy performance to play until halftime. RB Tevin Coleman joins Raheem Mostert on the sideline with a knee injury and was placed on the injured reserve Wednesday. Following the Bosa injury, Kyle Shanahan is going to depend on the offense to carry more weight than previously thought but they will be forced to do it short-handed.
Stock Up: Jordan Reed’s Triumphant Return to Paydirt
TE Jordan Reed missed the entirety of the 2019 season with concussion concerns and many thought he would never play football again. In Kittle’s absence, he proved that he has plenty left in the tank and will be an important component of Shanahan’s offense moving forward. Reed posted 7 catches for 50 yards and a pair of scores from Jimmy Garoppolo. His second touchdown gave the 49ers a 21-3 lead at halftime and allowed Garoppolo to sit for the second half. With Kittle’s status still up in the air for a second romp at MetLife Stadium (and that turf), Reed could once again be leaned on to be productive.
Stock Up: Defense Outside the Box Score
With the defensive line dealing with injuries early in the game, DL coach Chris Kocurek’s group was forced to pick up the slack. Rookie Javon Kinlaw’sstatline of one solo and one assisted tackle will not jump out at anyone but his impact goes far beyond just the box score. Kinlaw’s strength is undeniable and he was dominating the line of scrimmage throughout the game. He was joined by Kerry Hyder, D.J. Jones and Kentavius Street in being tape all-stars. Hyder continued his momentum from Week 1, Jones put his explosiveness on display and Street displayed wheels that no one knew he had. All four of these players will be vital if Saleh’s defense wants to keep their heads above water.
Stock Up: Red Jet Redemption II
Another week, another Jerick McKinnon touchdown. Fans are starting to see why McKinnon was brought in for that large contract and while the ACL injury has slowed his long speed, his versatility is undeniable. McKinnon had just three carries but turned that into 77 yards and a touchdown. With Coleman and Mostert slated to miss some time, McKinnon will become the number one back in San Francisco. Can he keep the ball rolling?
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