SANTA CLARA – Here are the grades for the San Francisco 49ers’ 24-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals’ B-team.
GABBERT: F. Padded his stats with 17 completions for 175 yards in the fourth quarter of a game that ended in the second quarter. Still finished with a quarterback rating of 58.3. Converted just one third down on a pass that bounced off of a defensive back’s chest and into the hands of Torrey Smith. This was one of Gabbert’s worst passes of the day.
RUNNING BACKS: F. Shaun Draughn gained 38 yards on the ground before leaving with a knee injury. The other running backs—Travaris Cadet, Kendall Gaskins and Bruce Miller—gained seven rushing yards total.
WIDE RECEIVERS: F. Anquan Boldin fumbled, then sat on the ground and watched as the Bengals recovered the ball.
TIGHT ENDS: F-. Vance McDonald tipped not one but two passes into the hands of Bengals players for interceptions. I’d hate to be the guy who spent a second-round pick on McDonald.
OFFENSIVE LINE: F. Gave up only four sacks this week, which is progress.
DEFENSIVE LINE: C. Gave up only 68 rushing yards, which is good. Produced only one hit on backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, which is bad.
LINEBACKERS: B-. Inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Gerald Hodges made 22 tackles, and outside linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Eli Harold each hit McCarron once. Corey Lemonier, another outside linebacker, committed a personal foul for the second game in a row. Cut him already.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: D. Tramaine Brock and Kenneth Acker each gave up long catches, and Eric Reid got ran over by a tiny scat back for the second game in a row. Jimmie Ward was the only defensive back who played well.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D. Phil Dawson missed a field goal—it was blocked—and Bradley Pinion kicked an 18-yard punt. Not a typo.
COACHES: F. Made a convincing case that Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson should be the 49ers head coach next season.