No. 2 49ers player who shined vs. Vikings: Drake Jackson
It’s a good thing rookie pass-rusher Drake Jackson suffered nothing more than a shoulder stinger during the Niners’ preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers a week ago.
Despite looking more serious, the former USC EDGE partook in joint practices with the Vikings and got plenty of work in with the first-team unit.
Seeing pretty extensive time during the actual game, Jackson continued to make his presence known, officially recording two tackles and tipping a pass on one quarterback pressure, making it two preseason games in a row he’s accomplished that particular feat.
Yet it was Jackson’s pass rush early in the game on Minnesota quarterback Kellen Mond that forced the interception, one picked off easily by safety George Odum:
Jackson fighting through blocks to wreak havoc within the pocket is precisely what San Francisco is hoping for out of its top pick from this year’s NFL Draft.
But the scary thing, at least for other teams, is the 49ers have yet to deploy a pass-rushing tandem of Jackson and Pro Bowl EDGE Nick Bosa.
If Jackson continues on the kind of trajectory he’s enjoyed over these first two weeks, the Niners’ defensive line should once again count itself as the deepest and strongest unit on the roster.