The San Francisco 49ers traveled down south this week to face the Houston Texans in their fourth and final preseason game. They finally played how most people expected them to play as they demolished the Texans by a score of 40-13.
Tired of being criticized, the 49ers’ backups played excellent on both sides of the ball against the Texans. After a mostly disappointing preseason, the 49ers were finally able to showcase the depth that they’ve been known for these past couple of years.
A few players really stepped up this game and gave the coaches a good look of why they deserve to be on the final roster.
Josh Johnson stated his case of why he should be backing up Colin Kaepernick this season. Besides one pass that resulted in the Texans’ only touchdown, Johnson had a great game. He went 14/17 with 135 yards and three touchdowns. Blaine Gabbert also threw a touchdown, but he was not nearly as efficient as Johnson.
Glenn Winston came out of nowhere and is suddenly in talks about making the team. He added onto his impressive game against the San Diego Chargers last week with an efficient game this week as well. He didn’t score a touchdown this game, but still made his impact known.
Bruce Ellington had a great 44 yard punt return and came down with one touchdown as well. Lance Lewis caught three passes for 61 yards including a beautiful 49 yard pass from Josh Johnson. Kyle Nelson, the backup long snapper, also caught two touchdowns.
The depth on the 49ers’ defense really showed itself today.
Chris Borland continued his streak of good games by adding an interception for a touchdown to his six total tackles.
Chris Cook has never recorded an interception in the regular season, but he caught two this preseason with the 49ers. Cook has most likely cemented his place on the roster with his impressive play.
Although he has no official stats to show for it, Tank Carradine was practically living in the Texans’ backfield early in the game. He had a number of pressures and hits on the quarterback, and a sack wiped out because of a penalty.
The 49ers must cut their roster down to 53 by mid-Saturday, and they have a lot of hard decisions to make. Their roster is filled with talent that can and will find spots with other teams all over the league.