SF 49ers position grades from lopsided Week 3 win vs. NY Giants
I hate to twist the knife in, I really do.
But, man. Long-snapper Kyle Nelson had one of the worst games you will ever see from a player at his position to the extent he got benched.
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In a blowout.
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky was a non-factor, as the 49ers didn’t punt for the first time since 1993 with every possession either a score or a field goal attempt.
Veteran kicker Robbie Gould slotted three of his four attempts, but missed a 55-yard attempt after another Nelson snap went awry and disrupted the kick. Amazingly he still made the distance.
A further kick (an extra point attempt) was aborted after Wishnowsky was dragged down by the facemask, but could have been even worse.
And it could have been even worse behind that, as further bad snaps had to be salvaged. Nelson was inconsolable by the end of the game and you just had to feel for him as backup tackle Justin Skule was assigned his duties.
The 49ers did not return the ball during the game.
There were a few hiccups like the running game not quite functioning and the inability to stop Giants quarterback Daniel Jones scrambling at times. But at the end of the day, the coaching went almost perfectly as the team recorded a 36-9 road win with half of the starters out either before or during the game.
Kyle Shanahan schemed plays for Nick Mullens that resulted in a career game, and Robert Saleh schemed his wounded defense through a game with no touchdowns conceded.
All in all, not a bad day for him.