Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


“The kid is phenomenal”: Ronnie Lott praises 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga

Sep 27, 2022 at 12:38 PM--


On Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga received plenty of praise from one of the greatest defenders ever to step on a football field. Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott joined KNBR's Murph & Mac show and was asked about the 49ers' talented second-year safety, who has spent this season wowing film evaluators.

"The kid is phenomenal, and what I love is the timing, and the anticipation, and the feel [for the game]," Lott said. "What's great is that here's a guy that looks like he's moving faster than everyone else. And what I mean by that is his anticipation of understanding the moment. So, those kinds of situations where you are anticipating feeling the game, understanding the game, seeing the field, and being present to know, 'I'm trying to observe all of what's going on, on the field,' that's what you want to see from all of your guys."

Lott commented that the 49ers have other players who do the same thing, naming linebacker Fred Warner as an example. Hufanga, like Warner, is an exceptional talent.

"This young man, the way he gets around, and what he does, and the plays that he's made so far have been just outstanding," Lott added.

Hufanga leads all NFL defensive backs in run stops with nine. The next closest defensive backs have five.

Hufanga trains with another Hall of Fame safety, Troy Polamalu. Of course, that comes as no surprise to Lott.

"To me, what I see is, I see a lot of Troy," Lott said. "And the reason I see a lot of Troy is that the beauty of when you watch somebody, when you watch what they do, and how they do it, it mimics certain things. So what I've seen is the mimicking of certain situations where getting across the line of scrimmage, or being able to anticipate on a blitz, or being able to see something that you watch on film and being able to anticipate that in getting to the position you need to get to."

Lott praised Hufanga's passion for the game and how he prepares himself each week, feeling that the young safety is on his way to becoming a special player.

You can listen to the entire conversation with Lott below.




LISTEN

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Deebo Samuel talks expectations after McCaffrey trade, unselfish 49ers offense, odd Jimmy G stat, Lance update

By David Bonilla
Nov 16

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel carried the football a career-high 59 times for 365 rushing yards last season on his way to a breakout 1,770-all-purpose-yard campaign with the San Francisco 49ers. Last month, the Niners traded for Christian McCaffrey, a running back with the same versatility as Samuel. Both are dangerous running the football and hauling in passes out of the air. Samuel had four carries for 27 yards to go along with his two receptions for 24 yards during Sunday night's 22-16 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. So what did Samuel think when the 49ers acquired McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers? Did the receiver believe the move would take some of the rushing burdens off his shoulders? "Nah, I didn't think nothing along those lines," Samuel said this



Mailbag: Has the 49ers offense become more conservative? Will SF be able to extend Brandon Aiyuk? Which D-linemen will return soon?

By Marc Adams
Nov 16

The San Francisco 49ers are in the second-half stretch of the season, and need to win most of their games to put themselves in a position to make a Super Bowl run in the postseason. There is not much room for error, so the 49ers need to play good football over the next month and a half. No more losses to teams they should beat, like what happened in Chicago, Denver and Atlanta. We opened up the 49ers Webzone mailbag to see what questions were on the minds of 49ers fans. So let's get to them. The current 49ers offensive staff seems more conservative than in the recent past - is that Lynn's influence? - DoctorWDS I really can't tell that they're any more conservative than in years past. Perhaps they are, but I haven't noticed. The strength of the



Should the 49ers be 8-point favorites over the Cardinals in Mexico City? Week 11, 2022 odds and pick

By Winston Chung
Nov 16

The San Francisco 49ers talented offense was middling but serviceable enough to edge the depleted Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 22-16 on Sunday night football in Week 10. The Niners will compete in another prime time slot when they travel to Mexico City to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night football in week 11. Here we discuss the odds and analysis from a betting perspective. When: Monday November 21st, 2022 at 5:15pm PT (ESPN) Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Line: 49ers -8, o/u 43.5 Arizona Cardinals The Arizona Cardinals were able to go into Los Angeles and handle a broken Rams squad to the tune of 27-17, behind a mistake-free, 26-37 for 238 yards and 1 TD performance by Colt McCoy, 2 rushing



49ers fans expected to take over Estadio Azteca vs. Cardinals

By David Bonilla
Nov 16

Technically, the San Francisco 49ers will be designated as the road team for Monday night's game in Mexico City. However, you might not be able to tell by looking in the stands at Estadio Azteca. Niner fans are expected to be the overwhelming majority when the Bay Area team takes the field against the Arizona Cardinals for the international game. According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, per third-party ticket seller Vivid Seats, 49ers fans are expected to make up about 82 percent of the crowd on Monday night. Wagoner added: "Not surprising but still a whopping


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone