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PFF’s best and worst graded 49ers players vs. Ravens, plus snap counts

Dec 26, 2023 at 9:55 AM--

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The San Francisco 49ers dropped their record to 11-4 after a 33-19 loss against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16. 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 Ravens.

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

It wasn't a great performance for the 49ers. The team's highest-graded player ended up being rookie wide receiver Ronnie Bell, who only played three total offensive snaps, earning a 78.8 overall grade.

Examining the quarterback situation, Brock Purdy secured a 64.9 overall grade, marking his third-lowest of the season (44.1 in Week 6, 61.1 in Week 3). Despite becoming the first 49ers quarterback to surpass 4,000 passing yards in a single season in over two decades, Purdy threw four costly interceptions. The second-year quarterback completed 18 of 32 passing attempts for 255 yards, recording a career-low passer rating as a starter at 42.6.

Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers receivers with a 75.2 overall grade, tallying six catches for 113 yards. Tight end George Kittle also ranked among the top offensive players, securing seven passes for 126 yards and earning a 73.2 overall grade.

Injured in the game, tackle Trent Williams and guard Aaron Banks obtained pass-blocking grades of 77.4 and 75.2, respectively. Banks' 75.4 overall grade is his second-highest of the season (75.6 in Week 7).

None of the 49ers' defensive players earned a favorable coverage grade. Among the defensive backs, cornerback Ambry Thomas received the highest mark in that category—a 57.9 grade.

Linebacker Fred Warner led the team with a 75.1 pass-rushing grade. The next-highest grade in that category was achieved by defensive end Nick Bosa, who secured a 64.7 pass-rushing grade.

Defensive tackle Kevin Givens' 72.1 overall grade was boosted by his 79.7 run-defense grade.

In his first action since rejoining the 49ers, cornerback Jason Verrett played five defensive snaps, earning a 45.1 overall grade and a 45.5 coverage grade.

Snap Counts

70 - Christian McCaffrey (RB), Colton McKivitz (RT), Jake Brendel (C), Jon Feliciano (RG)
67 - Deebo Samuel (WR)
66 - Brandon Aiyuk (WR)
65 - Aaron Banks (LG)
62 - George Kittle (TE)
51 - Brock Purdy (QB)
32 - Trent Williams (LT)
28 - Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
26 - Spencer Burford (RT)
25 - Willie Snead IV (WR)
19 - Sam Darnold (QB)
16 - Charlie Woerner (TE)
12 - Chris Conley (WR), Jaylon Moore (LT)
5 - Ben Bartch (LG)
3 - Ronnie Bell (WR)
1 - Brayden Willis (TE)

68 - Dre Greenlaw (LB), Fred Warner (LB), Ji'Ayir Brown (SS), Tashaun Gipson Sr. (SS)
66 - Charvarius Ward (CB), Deommodore Lenoir (CB)
64 - Nick Bosa (DE)
45 - Javon Hargrave (DT), Javon Kinlaw (DT)
44 - Ambry Thomas (CB)
31 - Chase Young (DE)
28 - Clelin Ferrell (DE)
23 - Kevin Givens (DT)
22 - T.Y. McGill (DT)
18 - Randy Gregory (ROLB)
13 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (LB)
5 - Jason Verrett (CB)
4 - Darrell Luter Jr. (CB)
2 - Isaiah Oliver (SS)

Special Teams
21 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
19 - Brayden Willis
17 - Charlie Woerner, Darrell Luter Jr.
16 - Dee Winters, Jalen Graham
14 - Chris Conley
12 - Jordan Mason
10 - Willie Snead IV
8 - Fred Warner, Isaiah Oliver, Ji'Ayir Brown, Kyle Juszczyk, Randy Gregory
7 - Ambry Thomas, Clelin Ferrell, Deebo Samuel, Deommodore Lenoir, Jake Moody (K), Javon Kinlaw, Kevin Givens, Tashaun Gipson Sr.
6 - Logan Ryan, Robert Beal Jr., T.Y. McGill
5 - Mitch Wishnowsky (P), Taybor Pepper (LS)
4 - Ronnie Bell
3 - Aaron Banks, Ben Bartch, Colton McKivitz, Jon Feliciano, Spencer Burford
2 - Jaylon Moore, Jeremy McNichols
1 - Charvarius Ward, Chase Young, Dre Greenlaw, Jake Brendel, Javon Hargrave, Nick Bosa

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