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Preseason Week 3 Stock Watch

Aug 27, 2016 at 11:35 PM6


The 49ers lost 21-10 to the Packers in their dress rehearsal for the regular season. It was a rough game for the 49ers in all phases. The offense was particularly bad, as the Niners really only had one sustained drive where quarterback Blaine Gabbert hit wide receiver Quinton Patton for a touchdown (statistically, it was a run). On a night that was much anticipated, the Niners didn't look particularly inspiring. It wasn't all bad, but it was awfully hard to see some good in what was easily Chip Kelly's worst preseason game as 49ers coach thus far.

Stock Up:


OLB Tank Carradine

Tank Carradine continued his strong preseason with another sack Friday night. He's been consistently getting to the quarterback and looks much quicker after he slimmed down this offseason. He seems to have won his competition with Eli Harold and should start come Week 1.

OLB Marcus Rush

Marcus Rush followed up his 3 sack effort against the Broncos last week with another sack against the Packers. He was a fringe player to start training camp but has solidified his spot on the Niners roster with his performance in the last 3 games.

CB Chris Davis

Yes. that Chris Davis. He has played primarily in the slot and has done an admirable job. He's also shown that he's not afraid to step up and make tackles, as he had a team-high 5 tackles Friday night.

LB Ray Ray Armstrong

Armstrong got the start on Friday ahead of Gerald Hodges and played extremely well. He had 4 tackles and was around the ball all night, including a tackle for loss. He should be the starter beside Navorro Bowman to begin the season.

Stock Down:


QB Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick was bad, though people forget that Blaine Gabbert was just as bad in his first start of the preseason minus a touchdown to Vance McDonald on a broken play. Kaepernick looked unsettled in the pocket, hesitant to throw, too eager to run and pretty much the same as he left us last year. It was his first action in 10 months, so there's a chance he may improve, but he'll have to do it as the backup to Blaine Gabbert when the season starts. Oh, then there was this.

QB Christian Ponder

A week after Ponder went 7-8 with a touchdown pass and a touchdown run, he completed the same amount of passes to the other team as he did to his own. Ponder threw a bad interception along the sideline and seems like the odd man out with Jeff Driskel playing better this week.

WR Bruce Ellington

Ellington has a ton of potential, but he can't stay healthy. He left the game with yet another injury - this time a hamstring. He's yet to make a true impact, despite starting Training Camp as the slot receiver. The only thing keeping him on the team at this point is the lack of receiver depth behind him.

OLB Corey Lemonier

Lemonier has been passed up by Marcus Rush at outside linebacker, where incumbents Aaron Lynch (suspended for the first 4 games of the season), Ahmad Brooks, Tank Carradine, and Eli Harold will already be competing for snaps. Lemonier only has 1 sack after 3 years in the league. He notched 24.5 career sacks in 3 years at Auburn, but has never lived up to his draft status.
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6 Comments

  • Dallas Niner Fan
    It seems that Kaps bonehead decisions off the field are catching up with his bonehead decisions on the field. This idiot cost us two Super Bowls. I think that the motivation behind his actions are less about the oppressed and down trodden and more about his ego and the influence of his new girlfriend who is a Muslim and a Black Lives Matters supporter.
    Aug 30, 2016 at 8:33 AM
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  • Nick
    I don't understand why Kap would pull this off at this point in time as he should be focusing on how to read a Defense and how to make this team. I never thought he was an intelligent QB and this just proves my point even further.
    Aug 30, 2016 at 6:34 AM
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  • mbniner
    Good list but I would add Jeff Driskel to stock up and Michael Wilhoite to stock down. Driskell played very well and his stats would be better if he hadn't endured 3 dropped passes on perfectly thrown balls. He displayed good pocket presence and good speed when he had to use it. Wilhoite was too slow to react on several plays and did a poor job of shedding blockers on running plays. On one play he even abandoned his gap and ran straight toward the blocker! I believe he played himself off the roster.
    Aug 28, 2016 at 12:23 PM
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  • Dan Waterman
    As usual a very balanced article with fair assessment. Being a loyal 49ers fan I just want them to win, I don't care who the QB is. I agree with many fans about Kaep, a bad PR move on his part and a wrong forum to show his personal opinion, that is all I want to say.
    Aug 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM
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  • 50yearformerfaithful
    Kraperpick is a disgrace to the league and country. Another BS sideline protest while reaping the rewards from that which he calls oppressive. Kap is just a low IQ ignorant loudmouth malcontent with no sense of place, humility, honor, respect or understanding of how fortunate he is to have stadiums full of oppressors and millions more paying him millions of dollars to oppress him. So oppressive that he cannot stand in unity with those who came to PAY to see him and others. If you cannot stand with other americans in support of what benefits us all as americans then FU You are a disgrace Krap. Your stock is worthless as an NFL QB and you are a disgrace to every soldier and patriot.
    Aug 28, 2016 at 8:41 AM
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  • Dietrich from maui
    Seems right.. still wondering why we cut Simpson.. thought he was our 4th best wr but maybe now Anderson and cajuste get a look
    Aug 28, 2016 at 3:46 AM
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