BEASTwriter Review: 49ers CB K’Waun Williams receives top grade for cornerbacks, safeties play lights out

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Despite losing 12-9, the San Francisco 49ers (0-2) secondary played relatively well on the backend. Holding Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to 198 passing yards, the secondary did their part in keeping their team in the game. 

Wilson completed 23 of 39 for 198 yards and one touchdown. 

The most targeted player was second-year CB Rashard Robinson. He was picked on eight times, yielding five receptions for 46 yards, and one touchdown. Free-agent addition CB K’Waun Williams was the second most targeted player being tested seven times. Three of seven passes were completed for a total of 30 yards while racking up a team-high two PBUs.

So how did the rest of the ballhawks stack up in Seattle? Find out below as game grades for the secondary are out…

CB Rashard Robinson

Analysis: Robinson gave up the team’s lone touchdown. As stated earlier, he was targeted eight times, yielding a total of 46 yards. One of those five completions were good for a 18-yard first-down while Robinson also whiffed on a tackle. Aside from those errors, Robinson did pick up a PBU in the process. Not the best game from him.

Week 2 stats: 5 tackles

Pass Coverage: 2/10 

CB Dontae Johnson

Analysis: For the second consecutive week, Johnson allowed a 16-yard first-down completion. By my count, he has been targeted 3 times yielding 34 yards so far this year. In addition, he was flagged 20 yards for defensive pass interference. That needs to be cleaned up in Week 3. 

Week 2 stats: 4 tackles

Pass Coverage: 6/10 

CB K’Waun Williams

Analysis: Williams was targeted seven times yielding 30 yards through the air. Aside from the 22-yard splash play, he played relatively well, leading the team in PBUs with two. He did have two missed tackles which is unacceptable at the pro level. Overall a good day for Williams. 

Week 2 stats: 6 tackles, 2 PBUs

Pass Coverage: 7/10

FS Jimmie Ward

Analysis: Ward was making plays all over the field. From hard hits in run support to being the safety pin on the backend, Ward quietly put together a solid season debut. He had one tackle for loss/no gain while finishing with 1 PBU.  

Week 2 stats: 5 tackles (including 1 TFL/no gain), 1 PBU

Run Grade: 10/10

Pass Coverage: 10/10

SS Eric Reid

Analysis: The box safety led all defensive backs in tackles of three yards or less (1) and TFL or no gain (1). A very fundamentally sound player with the football IQ to match, Reid was making plays all over the field in open space while not missing a single assignment.

He was targeted twice yielding one reception for one-yard. Unfortunately for him, an injury cut short his playing time, as he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. For the second consecutive game, Reid receives a perfect grade from me. 

Week 2 stats: 7 tackles 

Run Grade: 10/10

Pass Coverage: 10/10

FS Jaquiski Tartt

Analysis: Tartt was one of only four defensive backs to pick up a PBU. A blow-up hit on Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham, Tartt made his presence known early on. He was targeted one time and gave up zero yards in coverage.

A vastly different outcome in Week 1 that witnessed Tartt give up 55 yards on two pass plays (including a touchdown), Tartt came up huge in a big way Week 2 despite not recording an interception. 

As for the run game, Tartt played admirably receiving a perfect grade as no missed assignments were evident. 

Week 2 stats: 5 tackles, 1 PBU

Run Grade: 10/10

Pass Coverage: 10/10

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