BALTIMORE – The San Francisco 49ers should feel encouraged about the play of several young contributors on the roster.
Although the final score showed a 23-3 Baltimore Ravens victory in the Thursday night's preseason opener, the game saw a handful of first and second-year players getting valuable in-game experience.
After watching the 60-minute contest between the two Harbaugh-coached teams, we’ve highlighted six 49ers who made the most of their playing time against the Ravens.
Here’s a guy who has done nothing but impress every day of training camp. The second-year lineman’s ascending play continued against the Ravens. Dial recorded six first-half tackles and forced two fumbles. Dial stripped running back Bernard Pierce, but the Baltimore runner recovered his own fumble. In the second quarter, Dial once again got his hand on the ball, stripping veteran running back Justin Forsett at midfield to force the game’s first turnover. Dial didn’t start the game, but he did see a lot of action in the first half. Dial lined up at left defensive tackle to start the third quarter. He finished the game with a team-high 10 tackles.
The more you can do. The more valuable you can be. That appears to be the approach for San Francisco’s first-round pick. Ward lined up at nickel cornerback with the first-team defense. He also started on the punt return team as a gunner opposite of safety
The veteran lined up at left cornerback and pushed Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson out of bounds while he tried to haul in a 4-yard touchdown pass. Cook also intercepted Tyrod Taylor in the third quarter to give San Francisco its second takeaway on defense. Cook finished his 49ers debut with three tackles.
Strong. Real strong. That’s what we saw from the second-year lineman who did not see the field as a rookie. Carradine flashed his grown-man strength with a vicious sack in the first half. Carradine beat his man with an inside pass-rush move to crush Taylor in the pocket. Carradine finished the game with eight tackles.
- READ: 49ers Fall in Preseason Opener
- READ: Hyde, Dial Shine in Debuts
- READ: Kaepernick Reviews Opening Drive
- READ: Cook Delivers Strong Performance
- READ: Ward Starts at Nickel Cornerback
- WATCH: Game Highlights
- WATCH: Who Stood Out in Baltimore
- WATCH: Kaepernick Impressed by Hyde
- WATCH: Willis Gives Pregame Speech
- WATCH: Harbaugh Sees Positives
- VIEW: 49ers Square Off Against Ravens