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NFL preseason finally ends! For the 49ers, they lost to the Chargers 27-24

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August 30, 2019 - 7:17 pm

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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The San Francisco 49ers finished the NFL preseason with a record of 3-1. Yes, they had a chance to win their final game over the Chargers who scored a touchdown with 1:24 to go in the game that would ultimately lead to a Los Angeles victory. Losing the game was not that big of a deal for the coaches and front office staff. What they needed to see was how certain players performed so they could decide whether to “swipe left or swipe right” by 1:00 PM PDT on Saturday.

Winning the game was more important to the Chargers who were winless in the preseason. Fans start to get very nervous when their team has not won at least one game in the preseason even if that record is meaningless in the overall scheme of things. Los Angeles also had a very spirited number three quarterback battle going on that appears to have been won by former Ohio State QB Cardale Jones.

Who was impressive for the Niners?

  • QB C.J. Beathard made the start in the final preseason matchup and played the entire first half. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 58 yards. His most impressive play was a block that he made for Jeff Wilson Jr. as he scampered into the end zone for the 49ers first touchdown.
  • QB Nick Mullens played just one series on Thursday night. Mullens did see more playing time versus Kansas City last Saturday.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has not yet decided who will be his number two quarterback. “The plan was for them both to start the same amount of quarters. C.J. had six and we wanted him to get six. I was going to debate on how long to keep him in, but after he got hit a few times in protection, I just pulled him out,” explain the coach after the game.

  • RB Jeff Wilson Jr. made a strong case for making the final roster of 53. Wilson rushed the ball 20 times gaining 100 yards for an average of 5.0 yards per carry. He also scored one touchdown on an impressive 41-yard run that feature a block by his QB Beathard. Wilson caught one pass good for eight yards.

When was asked if he expected to carry the ball 20 times Wilson responded, “No. It was just like play ball. If you are in, then you are in. If you run, then you run. I don’t even worry about carries or yards. I am just zoned in and playing.”

  • DB D.J Reed Jr. may have secured a place on the final roster with his special teams play. He had a 56-yard kickoff return that set up the first San Francisco drive. Reed also had a tackle while playing defense.

“D.J. Reed, he fights. He can play at a number of different spots. He helped us out at safety last year, we moved him to corner this year. We know he’s got to capability to play all five of those spots back there and that’s why I try to get them to punt again and decline that, because he’s got a chance to return a punt all times, too. We wanted to give him that opportunity there where we did twice. I couldn’t do it the third time. Didn’t want to get – hurt, but D.J.’s a heck of a football player, and we’re glad to have him,” said Shanahan after the game.

  • WR Kendrick Bourne did not start off the evening on a positive note after dropping a pass from Beathard. He more than redeemed himself when he dove to the ground in the end zone to grab another Beathard pass for a TD. Beathard had to roll out of the pocket and was able to find Bourne in the end zone. Bourne did a nice job holding on to the ball as he hit the ground.

Shanahan had this to say about Bourne on his consistency and his drops, “That’s not the most consistent right there, but drops from Bourne haven’t been too much of a problem. I do consider Bourne having some of the better hands on our team. So, that’s definitely one that he should’ve had and hurt a drive. I think we went three and out on that drive. He’s earned a little bit more with that in terms of how good his hands are.”

  • DL Jeremiah Valoaga (who has become my favorite player during the preseason) led the team in tackles again last night. He recorded six tackles and was credited with two sacks that resulted in 13 lost yards for the Chargers.
  • LB Dre Greenlaw made his first sack of the preseason when he dropped QB Cardale Jones for a five-yard loss.

The Cutdown has begun

The 49ers have announced that the following nine players have been waived:




Jay Bromley


Chris Campbell


Jordan Holland


Dontae Johnson


Wesley Johnson


Tyree Mayfield


Quinten Rollins


Brandon Wilds


Sam Young


This is the harsh reality of the NFL. There are only 53 rosters spots plus you may be able to stash up to 10 players on your practice squad. There will be more news to come over the weekend. Unfortunately, most of it will be bad news.

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