The 49ers preseason opener was mostly a success. They came out of Levi’s Stadium with a 28-21 win over the Packers, so far they’ve avoided serious injury, and there haven’t been too many terrible performances.
We’ve put together a list of players who saw their stock go up on Friday night. We also took note of a few who saw their stock drop a bit after the first 60 minutes of football of the year.
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Quarterback Trey Lance didn’t make the roster after looking like we thought he’d come in.
Here is the 49ers stock report:
It’s hard for a rookie cornerback to make a better debut than Womack. He played most of Friday’s game and came away with two interceptions – both on tough plays. Womack entered the night into the mix to be the starting corner, and it’s hard to find anything in his performance against Green Bay that would indicate he’s not firmly in the mix yet.
This is not a referendum on Moore as a player. He’s certainly talented, but Friday night was a huge blow to his chances of starting with solid safety. He got cooked by Packers rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs for Green Bay’s first touchdown, and in general looked like a player still recovering his legs after returning from a torn Achilles. Moore should be fine on the road, but it’s hard to imagine him starting Week 1 given how he looked on Friday.
Gray’s speed was on display on his 76-yard touchdown reception on a deep shot from Trey Lance. His stock is on the rise but for more reasons than his speed. He made a nice hitch on the sidelines after a high throw from Lance. Gray couldn’t put his feet up for the reception but he got on and made the catch anyway and overall it looked like he’d be able to impact the games in more ways than ‘with straight-line speed.
It was not a good night for the 49ers on special teams. They allowed a long kick return and return man JaMycal Hasty had a disastrous play where he caught a kickoff before it went out of bounds and then came out on the 5-yard line of the 49ers. It cost San Francisco 35 yards. It was supposed to be an upgraded special teams unit, but early returns from Friday aren’t promising.
The undrafted rookie linebacker came in early and played a ton. He was often around the ball and managed an interception on an overturned ball in the red zone. Then he showed his athleticism and ran for 57 yards on the return to give the 49ers offense great field position at 39 from Green Bay. There may not be a spot on the open roster for him, but it’s easy to see McCrary-Ball staying on team practice and possibly in the mix next season.
Turner was getting buzz in training camp for some acrobatic holds. He caught just one fly ball for eight yards on two targets in Friday’s game. A player will have to really shine to stay as the sixth receiver, and he’ll probably have to show that he can make an impact in games on offense. Turner still has a way to the roster, although the first preseason contest didn’t help.
McCloud had a good night. He led the team with four receptions, which he turned into 63 yards and a touchdown that lasted 39 yards. His route on the TD was nasty, and later in the game he threw a nice block on a short pitch to RB JaMycal Hasty. It looks like McCloud is on track to do more than just return kicks for San Francisco, although regardless of the size of his role, he has to learn to hang on to football.