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Who were PFF’s highest- and lowest-graded 49ers players vs. Rams? Plus snap counts

Oct 4, 2022 at 8:23 AM--

The San Francisco 49ers improved their record to 2-2 after a 24-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4. Today, Pro Football Focus released its grades from the game. Which Niners played well, and who has more work to do?

Below are Pro Football Focus' five highest-graded 49ers players on offense against the Rams.

Below are the five highest-graded 49ers players on defense.

Below are the three lowest-graded 49ers players on offense.

Below are the three lowest-graded 49ers players on defense.

Quick Takeaways

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo earned his highest grade of the season, leading all offensive players in the game. His 87.5 overall grade was his highest mark since a 90.2 grade during Week 2 of the 2020 season. Garoppolo finished the game completing 16 of his 27 pass attempts for 239 yards, a touchdown, and a passer rating of 100.7, his highest rating since Week 15 last season (123.7).

Also earning a season-high grade was wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who finished the game with six catches for 115 yards, a touchdown, and zero drops. He added two rushing attempts for two yards. Samuel's trip to the end zone came courtesy of a 57-yard reception and run past Rams defenders.

Colton McKivitz, who played just 32 snaps, exited the game with a knee injury. However, he ended up being the 49ers' highest-graded offensive lineman. McKivitz was playing in the place of injured left tackle Trent Williams. Not far behind McKivitz was right tackle Mike McGlinchey. Neither offensive lineman allowed a pressure in 49 combined pass-blocking snaps.

Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a mainstay among the lowest-graded 49ers players, earned his highest grade of the season. He even caught a pass for 35 yards. In addition, Juszczyk earned the team's fourth-highest pass-blocking grade.

Jeff Wilson Jr. was the 49ers' highest graded halfback, earning a 67.0 overall grade, his second-highest season mark (72.5 in Week 2). He finished the game with 74 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Tackle Jaylon Moore, who filled in for McKivitz after his injury, earned the team's second-highest pass-blocking grade (79.5) in his seven pass-blocking snaps. McKivitz earned the highest (87.2). Moore did not surrender a pressure.

Defensive end Nick Bosa was the game's highest-graded player. He finished the game with three tackles, two sacks, and five quarterback hits. Pro Football Focus credited the pass rusher with 14 total pressures and nine quarterback hurries. The 14 pressures are a career-high. Bosa now has a league-leading six sacks and a league-leading 30 pressures this season.

The pass rusher opposite Bosa, Samson Ebukam, earned the second-highest grade among the game's defensive players. He, too, finished the game with two sacks, adding four pressures and two quarterback hurries.

The 49ers' big offseason addition, cornerback Charvarius Ward, was the game's highest-graded defensive back. He surrendered just one reception for eight yards on his way to his second-highest grade of the season (81.7 in Week 3).

The next-highest graded defensive back was safety Talanoa Hufanga. He surrendered just two receptions for 19 yards, adding a 52-yard pick-six off Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Snap Counts

50 - Aaron Banks (LG), Jake Brendel (C), Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), Mike McGlinchey (RT)
47 - George Kittle (TE)
46 - Brandon Aiyuk (WR)
40 - Deebo Samuel (WR)
33 - Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB)
32 - Colton McKivitz (LT), Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
29 - Spencer Burford (RG)
21 - Daniel Brunskill (RG)
19 - Charlie Woerner (TE)
18 - Jauan Jennings (WR), Jaylon Moore (LT)
9 - Ray-Ray McCloud III (WR)
5 - Ross Dwelley (TE)
1 - Tevin Coleman (RB)

74 - Charvarius Ward (CB), Deommodore Lenoir (CB), Dre Greenlaw (LB), Emmanuel Moseley (CB), Fred Warner (LB), Talanoa Hufanga (FS), Tashaun Gipson Sr. (FS)
58 - Nick Bosa (DE)
39 - Samson Ebukam (DE)
38 - Charles Omenihu (DE)
32 - Kerry Hyder (DE), Kevin Givens (DT)
31 - Hassan Ridgeway (DT)
30 - Arik Armstead (DT)
26 - Drake Jackson (DE)
10 - Kemoko Turay (DE)

Special Teams
22 - Charlie Woerner
20 - George Odum, Oren Burks
18 - Ross Dwelley
17 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Jordan Mason, Malik Turner, Samuel Womack
10 - Robbie Gould (K)
9 - Ambry Thomas, Deommodore Lenoir, Mitch Wishnowsky (P), Taybor Pepper (LS)
8 - Ray-Ray McCloud III
7 - Kerry Hyder
6 - Kyle Juszczyk
5 - Aaron Banks, Blake Hance, Jaylon Moore, Mike McGlinchey, Spencer Burford
4 - Jauan Jennings
3 - Charles Omenihu, Charvarius Ward, Daniel Brunskill, Emmanuel Moseley, Fred Warner, Hassan Ridgeway, Kevin Givens, Samson Ebukam, Talanoa Hufanga
2 - Colton McKivitz, Marlon Mack

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