No. 1: Defensive Back Jimmie Ward
Veteran defensive back Jimmie Ward is playing like a first-round NFL Draft pick, finally. And he surely looked the part in Los Angeles.
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Ward, who has resumed starting duties at free safety, was all over the field on Sunday. Like many of the other players on this list, the stats don’t tell the entire story.
Although his five-tackle, two-pass-breakup performance is still quite exemplary.
Speaking of those two breakups, they came on consecutive plays with just under eight minutes in the fourth quarter and the Rams desperately trying to get back from the two-score deficit.
On 3rd-and-2, Jared Goff targeted tight end Gerald Everett, only to see Ward break up the pass. L.A. went for it on fourth down, with Goff targeting his top receiving option, wide receiver Cooper Kupp, yet Ward managed to break that pass up, too, giving the 49ers the ball back on downs.
Ward was a major reason the Rams failed all those third- and fourth-down conversion attempts.
And he was a huge part of San Francisco’s defensive shutdown of a still-potent Rams offense in Week 6.