In the 49ers 10-6 preseason loss to the Broncos, the defense was the one positive from the game. It wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter where they allowed their only points off a field goal by Matt Prater. The opportunity was there for the second-team defense and second-team offense to make a statement and so far the defense came out on top.
-The outside linebackers in particular had a field day on the Broncos. It was a short opening possession, but Aldon Smith brought the pressure on Peyton Manning for one down. Corey Lemonier showed he could be a situational pass rusher as he flushed Brock Osweiler out of the pocket at times. Parys Haralson also did well as a reserve on the outside against the run. It wasn’t until Cam Johnson stepped on the field where the run defense got worse in the fourth quarter.
-A.J. Jenkins and Vance McDonald in particular had the most snaps on the field offensively with the former being on the field for more than half of the plays. McDonald was on for 49 snaps for which was almost three quarters of the game.
-Patrick Omameh could be one the first players cut when the roster needs to be trimmed to 75 players. He was responsible for a few blown assignments which includes the fumble by D.J. Harper. Omameh was also questionable in pass protection as well.
-It was more surprising that Jewel Hampton did not get any snaps for the opening game. He only played on special teams.
-LaMichael James looked good behind the first-team offensive line on the opening possession. He felt confident going forward after having a good training camp thus far.
“It’s the first game, everybody’s got a little jitters and you’re competing against someone else, so it’s a little different,” said James. “But that’s why you go out there and you practice each and every day.”
-The competition at wide receiver will be very tough to decide on who stays and who leaves. Marlon Moore earned the starting WR job for the night opposite side of Anquan Boldin and Kassim Osgood showed he can be a receiver and do well on special teams. Even newest WR addition Austin Collie was contributing late in the game with two receptions.
-It was a good game for the secondary even though there was a mix of players on there for majority of the game. Tramaine Brock was targeted early, but he settled in after allowing on large reception. Perrish Cox in particular was the standout CB from the game.
-Michael Wilhoite did pretty well against the run, but it doesn’t look like he would be good against a faster running back. He was a little slower than a typical linebacker would be.
-This was a disappointing game for Colt McCoy has he forced several passes into coverage. He could’ve had more interceptions had the defenders caught the ball.