3 bright spots from SF 49ers Week 1 loss to visiting Cardinals

Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

No. 2: SF 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams is still a beast

True, San Francisco’s offensive line didn’t look good for the vast majority of Sunday’s game, and most of the concerns were concentrated along the interior.

But if the SF 49ers O-line was problematic against the Cardinals, no one seemed to tell veteran left tackle Trent Williams.

Williams was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded Niners offensive player during the game, finishing the contest with an 88.6 overall mark. When the Cardinals tried lining up EDGE Chandler Jones against Williams on the weak side, Jones made almost zero headway in trying to get to the quarterback.

And the majority of San Francisco’s successful rush attempts went to Williams’ side, too.

Yet there’s one play which exemplified why Williams is a perennial Pro Bowler and why the 49ers need not worry about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s blindside, and it’s this brutally effective block by Williams:


Talk about getting to the second level in a hurry.

Williams’ prowess on the field was going to be something to watch for San Francisco fans, and it’s pretty clear they shouldn’t be disappointed.

Now only if the rest of the Niners O-line can pick up the slack.