Jake Moody struggled mightily in the 49ers' first loss of the season, and those struggles seem to have followed him into Week 7 against the Vikings.
It might not be time to panic, but the San Francisco 49ers may want to start second-guessing their choice of using a third-round pick on former Michigan kicker Jake Moody in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Generally, drafting kickers is a reach either way. Those who are drafted, particularly on day two, need to be absolute money.
Over the past two weeks, Moody has been anything but.
Moody missed two of three kicks during the Niners' first loss of the season, a 19-17 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Not only did those missed six points prove vital, but Moody had a chance to kick through a game-winner in the waning seconds of regulation.
He didn't. San Francisco lost.
Jake Moody misses 1st kick of 49ers game vs. Vikings
The 49ers found themselves trailing the Minnesota Vikings 7-0 on Monday Night Football but had a chance to capitalize in the red zone early in the second quarter.
But a third-down conversion attempt failed, leading to what would have been a 40-yard field-goal try by Moody from Minnesota's 22-yard line.
Moody, unfortunately, pushed it wide right.
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It's pretty evident that the rookie is in his own head right now, and it'll likely take some hard efforts to shake it.
Especially considering the Niners invested a third-round pick in him with the expectation that he'd come through in situations like these.
As of late, Moody hasn't. And it's been an awfully ugly look over the last two games.