Here are the under-the-radar heroes from Sunday’s win over the Seahawks:
- CB Emmanuel Moseley. Replaced starting cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon for the final defensive series and made a clutch pass-breakup in the end zone to preserve the victory. Moseley is a tough-minded player who deserves to start the rest of the season. He’s playing with confidence, as opposed to Witherspoon, who’s playing with none.
- SS Marcell Harris. Made his fourth consecutive start in place of Jaquiski Tartt, who has broken ribs, and recorded a career-high nine tackles. Harris has improved every week and seems to be a quality starting safety. The 49ers can survive without Tartt if necessary.
- DE Nick Bosa. Recorded zero sacks for the seventh time during the past nine games, but still played extremely hard. Hit Russell Wilson three times and tackled Marshawn Lynch for no gain on fourth and 1. Bosa is a much better player than I expected he would be, and he has been a durable team player. Respect.
And here are the players’ whose stock dropped:
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon. Gave up two touchdown catches and 14 of the Seahawks’ 21 points. He’s a terrific athlete, but he seems to lack self confidence, although he played with tremendous confidence and strength before he injured his foot Week 3. He still has a future with the 49ers. For now, he should go to the bench.
- WR Dante Pettis. He was active, but he didn’t play. Pettis hasn’t played a snap since Week 12, and yet the 49ers keep suiting him up for games. Why? He serves no purpose. The 49ers should suit up bruising running back Jeff Wilson Jr. instead. He could help the 49ers on short-yardage plays. Pettis doesn’t help at all.
- RB Tevin Coleman. The 49ers gave him five carries he didn’t deserve, and he gained just 11 yards. The 49ers need to stop playing him. He’s a liability, and he hurts the offense when he’s on the field.