49ers vs. Seahawks: 5 Niners who must bounce back in Week 4

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Deommodore Lenoir, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Deommodore Lenoir (38) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: 49ers Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir

Yes, rookie cornerback Deommodore Lenoir’s debut into the pro ranks this year has been impressive enough, particularly with his efforts over the first two weeks of the season.

But a lot of that came crashing down with a rough outing versus wide receiver Davante Adams and the Packers in Week 3, as Adams easily crested the 100-yard mark in the game, many of those catches coming against Lenoir.

While San Francisco did few favors for Lenoir, often leaving him in single coverage against one of the NFL’s top receivers, the expectation for the 2021 fifth-round NFL Draft pick will be to bounce back in a hurry.

And to learn from his four catches allowed on four targets, including a touchdown, and one defensive pass-interference call against.

Things won’t get easier for Lenoir, who’ll likely be asked to start opposite Emmanuel Moseley with veteran cornerback Josh Norman nursing a chest injury. Lenoir will be tasked with defending Tyler Lockett or D.K. Metcalf with regularity, and that’s a matchup the Seahawks are going to try exploiting as much as possible.

Lenoir doesn’t have to be perfect. But he does have to put forth a better performance after what happened to him last week.

The 49ers and Seahawks kick off on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 4:05 p.m. ET from Levi’s Stadium.

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