49ers Safeties: B
Even though injuries have already bit the Niners hard over the first four weeks of the season, especially within the secondary, the veteran tandem of safeties Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt has remained entirely healthy, which is notably good and needed.
Knock on wood, that stays the same.
Both players have received Pro Football Focus grades in the upper 60s over this timeframe, which is solid enough by their metrics. And despite all the challenges San Francisco’s defense has faced, both Ward and Tartt have proven to be quality difference-makers.
Of note, and while it’s certainly influenced by at least two opposing teams not boasting elite-level offenses, the 49ers have still allowed only 6 yards per pass attempt, which is good for 12th best in the league at this point.
True, the Niners’ cornerbacks are surrendering catches. Yet the duo of Ward and Tartt is generally preventing those plays from regularly turning into large gains.
Considering how weak the next position group is on our list, both Ward and Tartt will have to keep up their solid levels of play to help maintain whatever pass-defensive prowess San Francisco has right now.