The San Francisco 49ers season opener brought with it numerous debuts. One of the most notable was that of cornerback Richard Sherman. The game marked Sherman’s first regular season contest since he tore his Achilles last year. He got preseason work in after an early training camp hamstring injury Rookie Nick Mullens Jersey
, but the regular season is a whole different beast.Sherman played the entire game, getting in the full allotment of 71 snaps opposite Ahkello Witherspoon. He played 64 snaps on the left side of the field (offense’s right side), and Kirk Cousins did not have much success that way. He completed 6-of-15 passes for 84 yards to that side of the field on throws past the line of scrimmage, according to ESPN.Sherman specifically was not targeted much in his first game. He was targeted three times, with Cousins completing one pass for 18 yards, including six yards after the catch, according to Pro Football Focus. Cousins had a passer rating of 54.9 on passes targeting Sherman’s receiver.His speed is still a bit of an issue, but he still has that physicality to help compensate for it. We saw it in the second quarter on his coverage of Laquon Treadwell. Richard Sherman vs. Laquon Treadwell, Week 1, 49ers vs. VikingsSherman got particularly handsy, but nothing was called. I don’t think it was the most egregious of plays Nick Mullens 49ers Jersey
, but I also know that if he was with the Seahawks and did this against the 49ers, we would collectively have lost it. Such is the life of adding a bitter rival!Overall, it was a solid, relatively quiet 49ers debut for Richard Sherman. I am surprised he was not targeted a little bit more, and I have to think we see quarterbacks challenge him a bit more in coming weeks. Matthew Stafford is set to play this weekend, and I have a hunch it starts then. Week 3 against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will be a big test, particularly if Sherman ends up matched up against Tyreek Hill.But for now, so far so good!Packers WRs Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison ‘likely’ to be inactive vs. 49ers The San Francisco 49ers’ defense might catch a break in Week 6. Green Bay Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison are “likely to be inactive” for Monday Night Football, according to ESPN’s Lisa Salters. Cobb and Allison were both limited throughout the practice week due to hamstring injuries. If inactive, this will be Cobb’s third straight absence. Allison suffered his hamstring injury last week and sat out Week 5.Davante Adams will be starting for Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Nick Mullens Jersey
, and the rest of the wide receiver corps will include rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, and J’Mon Moore. The Packers could also decide to elevate DeAngelo Yancey or Keon Hatcher from the practice squad. Last week, St. Brown had three receptions for 89 yards and Valdes-Scantling had seven receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown.Tight end Jimmy Graham will be a player to watch as well. After a relatively slow start through the first four weeks, he had double digit targets in Week 5, finishing with six receptions for 76 yards. It was his first game with double digit targets this season.This is a boost for the 49ers beleaguered secondary, but it will still be interesting to see how the Packers maneuver Davante Adams around the field. Richard Sherman will stick to one side of the field, and given the struggles of Ahkello Witherspoon and others opposite Sherman, I have to think Adams gets a healthy number of snaps on that side of the field.