49ers news: 10 players who shined in the 49ers’ win over the Vikings

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The 49ers are undefeated in the preseason after beating the Minnesota Vikings 17-7. The second preseason game in San Francisco was a battle between the reserves, with both teams having 27 players. Ten players shone in a low scoring game, intensifying position battles across the roster. Let’s take a look at what they did well and what it means for their position group below.

The tight ends

The 49ers tight ends were the most targeted group against the Minnesota defense. Tyler Kroft kicked off San Francisco’s explosive moves early with a 19-meter reception. Kroft wants to prove his durability after back injuries kept him sidelined last year.

Ross Dwelley caught all three of his goals as he tried to keep his head above water with the increased tight-end competition.

Last but not least, Tanner Hudson had the game high in catches in yards, but a third-down drop and a holding penalty ignoring a touchdown would trump his fine play. Nevertheless, Hudson looked comfortable and is making a name for himself at TE3.

Jordan Mason

Jordan Mason was the shining light for me. I know it was late in the fourth quarter against players who might not even make the team, but he looked explosive and powerful. Jordan Elliot of NinersNation vouched for Mason before the game and we should see him in more action next week. His 17-meter run was beastly and he deserves more attention from the Niners’ front office.

Drake Jackson

At first, I was worried that Drake Jackson was buried with the third team defense line, but it’s clear that his talent is constantly flashing. Jackson was brutal on the run, making a near-interception after recovering from a block on a scenario. The rookie will impress this year and would have no doubts about becoming a starter throughout the season.

Tarvarius Moore and George Odum

My concern about the security position was prominent during the off season and is now extremely concerning with the thought of Jimmie Ward missing week 1. Tarvarius Moore looked resilient after being beaten for a touchdown last week. Moore flew around early in the game, making some tackles near the line of scrimmage.

George Odum continues to feel safe. His interception stopped a Vikings drive where quarterback Kellen Mond was able to cut through DeMeco Ryans’ zone coverage. The interception is great to watch after the Niners finished 26th last year by getting the ball out of the air.

Willie Snead

Willie Snead’s third-down catch in the third quarter kept the Niners’ lone touchdown drive alive. The veteran ran sharp routes and returned three flights of stairs clear. He appears to be a viable backup to Ray-Ray McCloud as a returns specialist. Entering his eighth year in the NFL, Snead saw himself making the team with another solid performance.

Robbie Gould

Kickers never get the love unless they make a game-winning kick or carry the score for a standing foul. Robbie was “as good as Gould” when he went 3/3 for field goals. The Vikings play in a dome, so the 49-yarder may seem normal to many, but it’s good to see one of the highest paid kickers still have it.

Samuel Womack

Samuel Womack’s box score shouldn’t scream “this player shone.” However, his clumsy recovery and chase against a screen in third place caught my eye. I doubted Womack’s flight defense, but his will to stick his nose in the fire was all I needed to see. Darqueze Dennard’s release likely leads to Womack starting at nickel cornerback.

Outlook

I tried to stay away from negativity, but Trey Sermon’s fourth-place drop looks like his 49er tenure. Ty Davis-Price ran with a purpose, but I think Mason looked the best.

The TE3 competition will come down to consistency; which of these tight ends can play any high-level game?

Odum and Moore get key game reps with the thought that Ward may be gone. Let’s hope they stay in cover.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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