placeholder image

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Standout players from Week 1 of 49ers preseason

Rohan Chakravarthi
Aug 16, 2023 at 5:30 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
The San Francisco 49ers were ousted by the Las Vegas Raiders in brutal fashion, losing 34-7 in their first preseason bout during a game where nearly none of the starters played on either side of the ball.

San Francisco significantly struggled offensively, with their lone scoring play coming off a near interception, while the defense struggled to contain both quarterback Aidan O'Connell and the run game in a disappointing effort.

Here were the standout players from Week 1 of the preseason, which I talked about in-depth when recapping the game on our podcast down below.

CB Ambry Thomas

Ambry Thomas was the player of the game for the 49ers in a disappointing loss, as the cornerback opened his eyes with two pass breakups and a key fourth down run stop.

After some ups and downs in training camp, following an inconsistent start to his career, Thomas played with supreme confidence and looks solid as the season is around the corner.

It's been a good week for Thomas, who reportedly is seeing some first-team reps at outside cornerback with Deommodore Lenoir being tested inside on nickel downs.

If he continues playing as he did on Sunday, Thomas could go from being on the roster bubble to a potential likely for a 53-man roster spot.

WR Ronnie Bell

On a porous day for the offense, Ronnie Bell was one of the lone positives, alongside running back Tyrion Davis-Price, as the wideout had a 15-yard end around, as well as a team-high three catches for 58 yards.

Bell won in different ways, securing a 37-yard deep go-route from Sam Darnold in the third quarter, and found himself open on other progressions, although he wasn't targeted.

Bell's lone poor play came on a wide-open drop where the wideout had run a nice route, but let a ball from Brandon Allen slip through his hands, leading to an interception.

Still, the seventh-round wideout had a good start to his career, and continued to make a compelling case for a 53-man roster spot.

CB D'Shawn Jamison

D'Shawn Jamison was the other player to earn reps as a returner, and he looked like the best on the team.

Mixing in a combination of fluidity, speed, and vision, Jamison looks the part of a potential NFL returner after a solid special teams career at Texas.

Now, the main question that precludes Jamison from earning a spot on the 53-man roster is: how do the 49ers view him as a cornerback?

I think, when it's all said and done, that Jamison will end up finding a way onto the roster, even with as competitive of a cornerback room that the 49ers have.

DE Clelin Ferrell

Ferrell was one of the lone positives from the front seven on Sunday, working his way to a sack on a nice pass-rush move, which was the lone time that a 49ers' defensive player got to the quarterback on the day.

In addition, Ferrell had a nice run stop, and is continuing to solidify a spot on the 53-man roster, if his contract didn't guarantee that already.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ferrell start opposite defensive end Nick Bosa to begin the season, as he's arguably been the better option thus far when compared to second-year defensive end Drake Jackson.

S Tayler Hawkins

The 49ers' defensive back unit didn't have a bad game, in comparison to their counterparts on defense, and Tayler Hawkins was one of the positives in the group on Sunday.

Hawkins was good at filling run lanes when called upon, which wasn't the case with several 49ers players on Sunday, and his performance earned unprompted praise from defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

It'll be tough for Hawkins to crack the safety rotation of Tashaun Gipson, Talanoa Hufanga, Ji'Ayir Brown, and George Odum, but he'd be the first name should the 49ers go with five at the position, or could continue to chip away with a strong training camp.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

49ers vs. Eagles Injury Report: Arik Armstead among questionable players for Sunday

By David Bonilla
Dec 1

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their Week 13 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Arik Armstead returned to practice after sitting out this week's earlier sessions with a foot injury. While he is listed as "questionable," the defensive tackle insists he will be suited up on Sunday in Philadelphia. "I'll be out there," Armstead responded this week when asked about his game status. Running back Jordan Mason and wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud also practiced for the first time this week. Mason has been dealing with a hamstring injury, while McCloud has been sidelined with a rib injury. Both are listed as "questionable" for this weekend. Below are the official

placeholder image

PFF's best and worst graded 49ers players vs. Seahawks, plus snap counts

By David Bonilla
Nov 24

The San Francisco 49ers improved their record to 8-3 after a 31-13 win against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. 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 Seahawks. Charlie Woerner, TE, 88.1, 18 snaps Christian McCaffrey, RB, 84.3, 51 snaps Trent Williams, LT, 79.0, 63 snaps Ray-Ray McCloud III, WR, 78.7, 8 snaps Deebo Samuel, WR, 78.3, 50 snaps Below are the five highest-graded 49ers players on defense. Ambry Thomas, CB, 90.2, 46 snaps Nick Bosa, DE, 89.7, 49 snaps Fred Warner, LB, 88.5, 56

placeholder image

No Huddle Podcast: 49ers Thanksgiving Revenge And Philly Week

By Site Staff
Nov 27

(Episode 289) - Brian Renick is joined by Jason Aponte, the host of the Sprint Right Option podcast and also a Niners Nation contributor. The guys react to the Seahawks' win, the biggest takeaways on offense and defense, the NFC playoff picture, and Philly week! The audio for the show is embedded above. Don't forget to subscribe! You can listen to the latest "No Huddle Podcast" episode above, from our dedicated podcast page, on

placeholder image

49ers RB Christian McCaffrey earns 4th FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week nomination this season

By David Bonilla
Nov 27

For the fourth time this season, San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week. He previously won following Weeks 1, 2, and 4. The latest nomination comes after the 49ers' Week 12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving. McCaffrey ran for 114 yards on 19 carries (6.0 average) and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 25 yards in the


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone