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PFF’s highest- and lowest-graded 49ers players vs. Raiders, plus snap counts

Aug 14, 2023 at 11:23 AM

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The San Francisco 49ers lost their preseason opener 34-7 to the Las Vegas Raiders. 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 Raiders.

  • Troy Fumagalli, TE, 90.8, 15 snaps
  • Brandon Allen, QB, 90.2, 14 snaps
  • Ross Dwelley, TE, 86.1, 10 snaps
  • Isaiah Winstead, WR, 73.9, 8 snaps
  • Sam Darnold, QB, 73.7, 19 snaps

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

  • Kerry Hyder Jr., DE, 81.7, 14 snaps
  • Qwuantrezz Knight, FS, 76.2, 19 snaps
  • Clelin Ferrell, DE, 75.4, 14 snaps
  • A.J. Parker, CB, 72.8, 14 snaps
  • D'Shawn Jamison, CB, 70.1, 25 snaps

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

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

Quick Takeaways

While Trey Lance ended up with some respectable statistics, what fans saw on the field was uninspiring. The quarterback finished the game 10-of-15 for 112 passing yards, a touchdown, and a passer rating of 111.0, yet was the game's lowest-graded offensive player. He fared better when the pocket was clean, earning an overall grade of 65.9 in those scenarios. However, Lance's grade dropped to an abysmal 24.4 while under pressure.

His competition for the QB2 job, Sam Darnold, fared better. He was among the five highest-graded offensive 49ers players, completing five of eight passes for 84 yards. Brandon Allen, who entered late in the game, was the second-highest-graded 49ers player, behind only tight end Troy Fumagalli, and the fifth-highest-graded player of the game.

Tight end Ross Dwelley, who hauled in the deflected Lance pass—which probably should have been an interception—in the end zone for the team's lone score on the day, earned the game's highest receiving grade—90.4. He finished the game with three catches for 18 yards and the touchdown.

Isaiah Winstead was the highest-graded wide receiver, finishing the game with two catches for 22 yards.

Defensive end Kerry Hyder earned the highest defensive 49ers grade, recording a quarterback pressure in his five pass-rush snaps.

Cornerback D'Shawn Jamison has shined during training camp and finds himself among the five highest-graded 49ers defenders. He was targeted three times, giving up two receptions for only seven yards.

Cornerback A.J. Parker played only 14 snaps, earning a coverage grade of 89.9. He was targeted only once, resulting in a four-yard loss.

Rookie tight end Cameron Latu had a rough outing. He earned a respectable pass-blocking grade of 72.5 but had a costly fumble, giving him a 33.3 receiving grade.

Isaiah Oliver, expected to replace Jimmie Ward in the nickel cornerback spot, earned the game's worst coverage grade—29.4. He was targeted four times, giving up four receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Snap Counts

51 - Keith Ismael (C)
49 - Ronnie Bell (WR)
46 - Jason Poe (LG), Nick Zakelj (RG)
44 - Leroy Watson (RT)
34 - Tyrion Davis-Price (RB)
33 - Ilm Manning (LT)
31 - Tay Martin (WR)
30 - Willie Snead IV (WR)
27 - Cameron Latu (TE), Matt Pryor (RT), Trey Lance (QB)
24 - Chris Conley (WR)
19 - Sam Darnold (QB)
16 - Jaylon Moore (LT)
15 - Charlie Woerner (TE), Troy Fumagalli (TE)
14 - Brandon Allen (QB), Brayden Willis (TE), Corey Luciano (C), Joey Fisher (LG)
12 - Jack Colletto (FB), Jordan Mason (RB)
11 - Jeremy McNichols (RB)
10 - Ross Dwelley (TE)
9 - Jon Feliciano (C)
8 - Isaiah Winstead (WR)
5 - Dazz Newsome (WR)
3 - Khalan Laborn (RB)

39 - Tayler Hawkins (FS)
37 - Jalen Graham (LB)
35 - Ambry Thomas (CB), Ji'Ayir Brown (FS), Marcelino McCrary-Ball (LB), Marlon Davidson (DT), Samuel Womack III (CB)
31 - T.Y. McGill (DT)
28 - Alex Barrett (DE)
27 - Myles Hartsfield (SS)
25 - D'Shawn Jamison (CB), Dee Winters (LB), Tre Swilling (CB)
23 - Austin Bryant (DE), Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (LB), Taco Charlton (DE)
22 - Breeland Speaks (DE), Spencer Waege (DT)
19 - Qwuantrezz Knight (FS)
18 - Isaiah Oliver (CB)
17 - Curtis Robinson (LB)
14 - A.J. Parker (CB), Clelin Ferrell (DE), Javon Kinlaw (DT), Kerry Hyder Jr. (DE), Kevin Givens (DT)
11 - Kyahva Tezino (LB)

Special Teams
19 - Brayden Willis
15 - Cameron Latu
14 - Dee Winters, Tre Swilling
13 - Kyahva Tezino
12 - D'Shawn Jamison, Ji'Ayir Brown
11 - A.J. Parker, Jalen Graham
10 - Qwuantrezz Knight
9 - Jack Colletto, Marcelino McCrary-Ball, Myles Hartsfield
8 - Mitch Wishnowsky (P), Taybor Pepper (LS)
7 - Ronnie Bell, Tayler Hawkins
6 - Alex Barrett, Curtis Robinson, Khalan Laborn, Tay Martin
5 - Ambry Thomas, Jake Moody (K), Jeremy McNichols, Marlon Davidson, Samuel Womack III, Tyrion Davis-Price
4 - Dazz Newsome, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, T.Y. McGill, Troy Fumagalli
3 - Alfredo Gutierrez, Austin Bryant, Breeland Speaks, Charlie Woerner, Corey Luciano, Isaiah Oliver, Isaiah Winstead, Jason Poe, Jordan Mason, Keith Ismael, Leroy Watson, Nate Brooks, Ross Dwelley, Taco Charlton
2 - Nick Zakelj, Spencer Waege, Willie Snead IV
1 - Joey Fisher
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