SANTA CLARA – Here’s who stood out during the 49ers’ 24-21 preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys.
1. DE/DT Jullian Taylor. The best 49ers player on either line during this game. Started at defensive end and played 32 violent, powerful, relentless snaps. Should make the team with this performance. Taylor will be terrific if he stays healthy. The 49ers drafted him in the seventh round with pick No. 223.
2. DT DeForest Buckner. Played only six snaps, but recorded half of a sack and made it look easy. Beat rookie left guard Connor Williams.
3. WR Richie James. Every 49ers quarterback’s go-to receiver Thursday night. A perfect slot receiver for this offense. Should be Trent Taylor’s main backup.
4. TE Cole Hikutini. Made an 18-yard catch over the middle. Should become the 49ers’ primary pass-catching tight end while George Kittle is out with a shoulder injury.
5. RB Raheem Mostert. Ran for two big gains after avoiding tackles in the backfield. Finished with eight carries for 57 yards – 7.1 per attempt. Too good not to make the team.
THE NOT SO GOOD
1. CB Jimmie Ward. Gave up a 30-yard touchdown catch because he turned his head to find the ball and lost it in the sun. The rookie wide receiver who caught the touchdown pass, Michael Gallup, saw the ball just fine. Ward’s problem isn’t the sun. It’s him. He’s a lousy cornerback.
2. NT Earl Mitchell. Played nine snaps and stopped trying hard after the first three or four. Just sort of stood there and went through the motions the rest of the time. Got manhandled in the run game by Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.
3. RG Mike Person & RT Mike McGlinchey. Failed to pass off a “Tough Stunt” on third-and-10, and allowed DeMarcus Lawrence to run unblocked into Garoppolo. McGlinchey was late to slide to the inside, and Mike Person made no effort to reach out and knock Lawrence off balance as he ran full-speed toward the franchise quarterback. Teams will test the right side of the 49ers O-line with Tough Stunts all season.
Mike McGlinchey gets worked inside by DeMarcus Lawrence; Garoppolo takes the hit and still delivered on third down to Goodwin. pic.twitter.com/EWJ4pvSd4O
— Dylan DeSimone (@DylanADeSimone) August 10, 2018
4. TE Garrett Celek. Whiffed on a block at the point of attack during an outside zone run to the left and got Jerick McKinnon tackled for a six-yard loss.
5. QB C.J. Beathard. Completed only 50 percent of his passes and threw a pick while playing against backups. Looked like a Division III quarterback.
BONUS: Here’s my next-day Periscope report.
49ers-Cowboys preseason analysis https://t.co/rrpINeuA9P
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 10, 2018