The San Francisco 49ers continue to roll on following their fourth-straight victory in the dominant, 31-3, win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. Several 49ers stood out during the “Monday Night Football” victory. Check out the 49ers top six players from the primetime matchup according to Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus.
1. Nick Bosa – 92.3 overall grade
The rookie is coming off of one of his best outings as a member of the 49ers, recording two sacks, three quarterback hits, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on Monday night. According to Deeney, Bosa registered nine total pressures in 25 pass rush snaps (36 percent pressure rate). Through five weeks, Bosa has notched a 16.1 pass rush productivity rating, a 28.0 percent pressure rate and a 26.9 percent pass rush win rating on the season, all of which leads every edge defender in the league. Bosa is the second-highest graded first round pick out of this year’s draft (84.5), sitting only behind Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (85.6). Following his Week 5 performance, Bosa was named to PFF’s “Team of the Week” and also earned a Rookie of the Week nomination.
2. Ronald Blair III – 89.8 overall grade
Where Blair shines may not show up on the stat sheet, but the fourth-year defensive lineman continues to dominate as a run stopper as well as in his pass-rushing efforts. Blair posted an impressive 89.9 overall grade on 18 snaps in San Francisco’s win over the Browns.
“He’s just a model of consistency, man,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said last month. “He looked fantastic and he’s looked like that, to me, his entire career, it just goes unnoticed when he’s not the big name, he’s not the big draft pick. But, he’s your lunch pail, gets things done, makes things work, get people lined up. He does it all. I’m happy we have him.”
3. K'Waun Williams – 84.0 overall grade
Williams has strung together back-to-back standout performances. In Week 3, the cornerback hauled in his second-career interception on a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph intended for JuJu Smith-Schuster. In Week 5, Williams registered his third career pick and second of the season, this time, a goal line pass from Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield intended for wideout Antonio Callaway. Williams was only targeted twice in the Monday night win and did not allow a single reception. On two of San Francisco's blitz packages, Williams split a sack on one, and registered a quarterback hurry on the other.
4. Arik Armstead – 83.7 overall grade
San Francisco’s defensive lineman continues to impress in his fifth season with the 49ers. Armstead recorded four quarterback pressures in the Week 5 win and five total tackles, the second-most on the team behind linebacker Fred Warner (6).
5. Matt Breida – 83.6 overall grade
Breida came firing out of the gate on the 49ers first play from scrimmage, registering a whopping 83-yard touchdown, the longest of his career. Breida went on to put up 114 yards on the ground on 11 carries and a rushing touchdown, and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards and a receiving score. So far through five weeks, Breida has recorded 340 rushing yards on 52 carries (6.5 yards per play average), earning an 83.2 rushing grade on the season, ranked fifth-best among NFL halfbacks.
6. George Kittle – 82.3 overall grade
Kittle made his first appearance in the endzone this season, following a 22-yard wide open touchdown to San Francisco’s tight end. Kittle finished the game catching 6-of-8 targets for 70 yards and a score. He also picked up 18 yards on the ground on an end around from Jimmy Garoppolo. Four of Kittle’s six catches resulted in either a first down or touchdown, including his rushing attempt. The tight end’s 92.5 overall grade through five weeks is still the highest in the NFL.
Honorable Mention – Emmanuel Moseley (74.7 overall grade)
In true “next man up” fashion, Moseley performed well in his first start at cornerback in place of an injured Ahkello Witherspoon (ankle). The second-year corner allowed just one reception on three targets for seven yards. Moseley also recorded a big PBU in the end zone on a pass from Mayfield intended for Browns tight end Demetrius Harris.