The San Francisco 49ers won their first preseason game of 2015. They beat the Dallas Cowboys 23-6, in a game where a lot of action was featured. Here is a look at who improved their stock and who didn’t after two weeks:
RB Jarryd Hayne: After having an impressive game one, Hayne reaffirmed he wasn’t a one-game fluke with impressive punt returning. He had 84 return yards off three punt returns and showed a natural ability in the open field. Hayne also had an impressive 34-yard run as a running back. On kickoff and punt coverage units, he was also one of the fastest players to get down the field. After initially being a longshot make the 49ers’ roster, his special teams play should secure his spot.
DL Mike Purcell: He had a pick-six, but Purcell also plugged the holes in the defensive line against the run. There was also a QB hit and like Hayne, he wasn’t a one-game wonder against the Cowboys.
RB Mike Davis: Davis had a good outing against the second-team defense of the Cowboys, rushing for 34 yards on eight carries. He could be the third running back on the depth chart behind Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush.
S Jaquiski Tartt: After receiving most of the snaps in the second half, Tartt showed he can lay a big hit which is important for a safety. In the short term, the 49ers can use him on special teams but he could be the starting safety in the future with some development.
P Bradley Pinion: He was already guaranteed to make the team, but he still impressed when given the kickoff duties, having touchbacks mostly. His name is only fitting, since he pinned the Cowboys inside their own 20-yard line three times. While he averaged 46 yards per punt, a few pooch punts knocked the number down a bit. However, his longest was 56 yards and he showed off his booming leg in what was a defensive battle.
WR Quinton Patton: Despite blocking a punt and scoring a touchdown, he didn’t look good as a wide receiver. After being touted as a fourth round steal in 2013, he has yet to prove himself on offense and showed no awareness with a negative reception. He was buried on the WR depth chart this last year.
OLB Corey Lemonier: There wasn’t much to say about Lemonier, who was a third round pick in 2013. Eli Harold was a better pass rusher with less experience in the NFL. He had a QB hit, but right now he looks like a special teamer.
RB Kendall Hunter: Hunter had no carries and with Davis having a strong game, he could be on the outside of the RB competition in training camp. With Bush, Hyde, Davis and Hayne most likely to make the roster, is there room for Hunter?