We’re officially a quarter of the way through the NFL season. Well, not exactly a quarter (thanks so much, match seventeen), but close enough.
The 49ers 2-2 in four weeks. However, Monday evening a missile shelling Los Angeles Rams It changed the team’s outlook in the eyes of many. Nick Bosa is going at a historic pace, Deebo Samuel continues to deliver outstanding plays, and Fred Warner plays at an elite level.
There are a few other players who continue to contribute but don’t get the same attention. Here are some of the players who have been underrated this season.
Omenihu spoke in the off-season about how his knowledge of defensive tactics would grow later in 2021. He’s shown down the stretch and during the 49er playoff round, especially in Dallas.
Nick Bosa left the Division match with an injury, and Omenihu filled in impressively, with a total of six presses, two bags, three hurries, and one hit QB. Omenihu’s performance was invaluable to the 49ers as they moved to Lambeau.
Fast forward to 2022, continue Omenihu right where he left off. With 13 presses, triple speed, one QB hit and a sack, Omenihu helped make up for the absences of Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw. Another example of this front office is betting on a player’s physical attributes and Kris Kocurek and DeMeco Ryans maximize those attributes.
Speaking of players blazing late last season, there is no better example than Samson Ebukam. He has scored four presses or more in six of his last eight games, including postseason. With a sack in every playoff, Ebukam proved to be another find from the front office. In addition to his prowess in rushing the pass, Ebukam has proven to be strong in defending running while not missing a tackle in 2021.
Forty-five would be a hard press for any player. During four weeks, Ebukam totaled 14 push-ups, three sacks, two QB strokes, and nine very impressive sprints. It seems as if Ebukam is getting warmer and is taking root everywhere in front of Bosa.
Here’s Kyle Shanahan responding to a question regarding Moseley on Wednesday:
When did you ever get the sense that CB Emmanuel Mosley was so impolite and so young and in the coaching staff, when did you ever have a feeling like you could be who he is now?
“Watching him on the scouting team that first year. Yes, he was the same guy every day. Real similar to what he is now. Just a soccer player thinking about it, who loves it, and doesn’t hesitate. And these guys always get better if they can get lucky. With injuries, and when he does, he plays at a very high level.”
Moseley’s journey from UDFA to high-earning player has been remarkable. The addition of Mooney Ward was the perfect compliment for Moseley, who easily was the 49ers’ best covering angle in 2021. Facing the likes of DK Metcalf, Deandre Hopkins, Allen Robinson and Cooper Kupp is a tall order for any corner. Mosley has risen to the challenge.
The overlooked part of Moseley’s game is his ability to interfere in the open field and run game. Our Kyle Busey broke it down here:
Mosley is tied for seventh in the league in sprinting stops or tackles that constitute a loss to attack, with 8. Money Ward has 7. You can’t have an elite defense without the angles you can handle in the NFL today. https://t.co/GMn5WtaBNi
– KP (KP_Show) October 6 2022
Last Monday night was another example of Mosley’s high level of play. Levin Black of the Gold Standard Podcast on Niners Nation found these gems:
It’s time to start talking about it Tweet embed. He is an untethered footballer after the season and plays like a real closing corner. He deserves a big bag, can he #49ers able to bear it? I hope that. You don’t want to see him go anywhere else. pic.twitter.com/wU3aNDahKK
– Levin T. Black NNPodcasts / 49WZ (LTBlackNiners) October 5, 2022
Contract years are the time to prove your worth in the open market. Mosley does that and then some.
The amazing part about this team in four weeks is the presence of so many unknown players. There is no right or wrong way to judge. It only speaks volumes about the depth and talent on this list – a very fun time to be a 49ers fan.