No. 1: Cornerback Rashard Robinson
2017 is proving Rashard Robinson isn’t cut out to be a true No. 1 cornerback at the NFL level. And his efforts in Week 7 were no different.
Robinson’s penalty issues continued during the game, as he had both of San Francisco’s penalties.
Hey, at least the Niners cut down on the flags, outside of Robinson’s efforts.
But the biggest problem has been Robinson’s effort in coverage. He was burned by Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for a touchdown, and Robinson was also out of position on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s 72-yard catch-and-run touchdown later in the game.
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Pro Football Focus described the 31.8 game grade — the lowest among all players on both sides:
"Robinson was the lowest-graded player in the game, and it was largely due to penalties. He was beaten for Dez Bryant’s touchdown on a double move in the end zone, but he was also flagged twice in coverage, once for pass interference and once for illegal contact, effectively giving up a big play any time the ball came near him."
Teams have made it a point to target Robinson almost all season long, and he hasn’t been able to effectively match up against this consistently. Compounding the problem, the 49ers don’t have amiable upgrades or replacements either. Fellow corner Dontae Johnson isn’t effective, and rookie Ahkello Witherspoon has a long, long way to go.
So that means more of Robinson, unless the Niners go out and grab someone off the market. Somewhere.