The San Francisco 49ers were frazzled all night long against the Seattle Seahawks and suffered a 29-3 beating Sunday night. This was a big statement victory for the Hawks’ proving they belong in the NFL’s elite. Next week the 49ers head back to “The Stick” and look to regroup against the Indianapolis Colts. There have been limited opportunities for the 2013 freshman class to see the field this year due to the deep influx of talent on the Niners roster. The one exception to that rule is Eric Reid, who has started the season with a bang replacing the departed Dashon Goldson. Here is the 49ers 2013 rookie tracker heading into Week 3.
Eric Reid (1st rd. Pick 18) :
Reid has made Jim Harbaugh look like a genius after trading up 13 spots to snag him in the draft. Reid has played like a season vet thus far, recording 2 interceptions in his first two games. His tackling ability has been on full display as well making consistent plays in and out of the box. Unfortunately Reid suffered a concussion when he collided with Seattle WR Sidney Rice. The medical evaluation process with concussions is extensive so it remains to be seen how long he will be out. If cleared to play on Sunday Reid is on pace to break the rookie record for interceptions, which is 14 set by Dick “Night Train” Lane in 1952.
Vance McDonald (2nd rd. Pick 55):
McDonald had a night to forget against the Seahawks. He made a costly mistake late in the game after jabbing the opposing player in the helmet after the play was over. His lone bright spot was a 19 yard reception, pummeling Richard Sherman in the process. In week 1 against the Green Bay Packers he had one catch for 25 yards. The pressure is on for McDonald to produce now that Vernon Davis is questionable following a hamstring pull in the loss.Vance will have big shoes to fill if Davis were to miss significant time. There is no question that he has physical ability to dominate the NFL (6’4″ ,267) but costly mistakes will not be tolerated by Harbaugh and Co.
Corey Lemonier (3rd rd. Pick 88) :
Lemonier has seen only a handful of snaps so far this year and hasn’t recorded a tackle. With Parys Haralson gone after a trade to the New Orleans Saints, the 49ers are expecting him to step up in the role of backup pass rusher. Lemonier is making the move to 3-4 OLB from DE in college, and hopefully it will go as smoothly as it has for Aldon Smith. He has extremely long arms and good burst off the edge, which will help tremendously in his development as a rookie.
Quinton Patton (4th rd. Pick 128):
Another player that hasn’t seen much playing time yet is Quinton Patton. Both Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore are currently ahead of him on the depth chart leaving limited snaps. Quinton hasn’t recorded a catch through the first two games. Other than Anquan Boldin the Niners WR core has underwhelmed, so look for Harbaugh to explore all options necessary to get the offense going again. Initially projected as a second round pick, Patton dropped on teams boards because of his lack of size (6′ 207) but he is an outstanding route runner and has great hands. It’s only a matter of time before Patton has a breakout game, all he needs is the chance.
B.J. Daniels (7th rd. Pick 237) :
Daniels showcased oustanding ability in the preseason as a dual-threat quarterback. Some thought he was a lock to be the backup QB following his stellar play, but Colt McCoy ultimately won the job. During the training camps Daniels lined up at WR and returned kicks as well, proving his value as an offensive weapon. Unless Colin Kaepernick and Colt McCoy somehow go down Daniels will ride the bench and prove his worth as a “ghost player” to prepare the defense for mobile quarterbacks.
Other Rookies/Undrafted Free Agents
Reserve/Non-Football Injury: Tank Carradine, Marcus Lattimore, Quinton Dial
Reserve/Injured: Lawrence Okoye, Alex Debniak
Practice Squad: Carter Bykowski, Darryl Morris, Patrick Omameh, Mike Purcell, Chuck Jacobs
Reserved/Injured; Designated for Return: Nick Moody