SF 49ers: 5 most disappointing players from Week 15 vs. Cowboys

Quarterback Nick Mullens #4 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tarvarius Moore (33) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: SF 49ers Defensive Back Tarvarius Moore

Week 15 seemed to be a microcosm of the play expected from now-starting safety Tarvarius Moore.

On one hand, he’s always capable of making a splash play here and there that can be a difference maker. In the first quarter, he recovered what appeared to be a Cowboys fumble, only to see the ruling on the field overturned. In the fourth quarter, Moore brought down Dallas wide receiver Amari Cooper for a loss of 11 yards.

Again, both good plays.

But Moore’s lack of consistency, particularly in the coverage aspects, has been disappointing this season. On the Cowboys’ second touchdown of the game, also off an SF 49ers turnover, Moore bit on the play fake and allowed wide receiver Michael Gallup to get wide open for the score:

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb also burned Moore and his secondary teammate, Marcell Harris, in the third quarter for a massive 45-yard gain that set up Dalton Schultz’s touchdown. While Moore wasn’t primarily at fault for the second big pickup, the ineffective communication on the outbreak of Lamb’s route wasn’t helpful at all.

It’s pretty clear Moore is nothing more than a decent backup who won’t be assuming a starter’s role anytime soon.

Too bad for a former third-round NFL Draft pick.