The 49ers may be off to a frustrating 2-2 start to begin 2021, but these 10 players have done everything they can to keep the team in contention.
There are plenty of reasons to be frustrated with the San Francisco 49ers a quarter of the way through the 2021 regular season.
The team finds itself 2-2 after back-to-back losses in Weeks 3 and 4. And they may not be far off from 0-4 or 4-0, depending on how you see things and the realization the margin between a win or loss is awfully slim.
Nevertheless, the Niners have received some quality play from a number of their contributors over this span. And while the end results suggest there’s plenty of room for improvement, a number of players have certainly done their job well enough.
So, which players have been the best over these first four weeks?
Niner Noise ranks out the 10 best San Francisco players with the hope this list gets much more competitive over the course of Quarter 2 between Weeks 5 and 8.
No. 10: 49ers Safety Jaquiski Tartt
The lack of turnovers the 49ers have generated this season has generally convinced many that the secondary isn’t particularly good.
Well, the cornerback crop certainly has its share of weaknesses. Yet the fact the Niners are still allowing only 6 yards per pass attempt this season, 12th best in the NFL through four weeks, says a lot about the overall effectiveness of this group.
And considering the woes at cornerback, one should assume the safety tandem of Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt is doing its job well.
In truth, it is.
Tartt, who always comes with injury concerns, has stayed healthy this season despite having dealt with a nagging turf-toe injury. To date, Tartt is third on the team in tackles with 22 and has even penetrated behind the line of scrimmage to record three tackles for a loss.
To the untrained eye, Tartt might seem like another body on the defensive side of the ball. Yet he’s done a number of small things well that often go unnoticed, and San Francisco’s pass defense is much better off because of it.