Five 49ers that need to step up in Week 2 vs. Texans

Although the 49ers are officially in the win column, it was a result of solid play from a third-string quarterback, Nick Mullens, playing against defenders who won’t even make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster. On both sides of the ball, the 49ers’ starters had poor execution and certainly will need to step up their level of play before the second preseason game. Which players should fans expect an improvement from heading into Houston?

No, it’s not time to hit the panic button. The newly-signed $137M quarterback only played one series in Thursday’s opening act, but it sure didn’t look pretty. Garoppolo attempted six passes, but only completed half of them for a measly 34 yards. The 49ers’ starting signal caller looked uncomfortable in the pocket and airmailed a few passes above open receivers.

Garoppolo has had an efficient training camp thus far, but only what happens on the big stage under the lights matter. The reason to not get too worried is that it was only one series. Typically, preseason offenses don’t open up the playbook and run plays that don’t expose much to opposing defenses.

Heading to Houston, Garoppolo will likely get to play two to three series, so hopefully the 49ers’ offense can create some cohesion and march the ball down the field.

Article source: https://www.ninersnation.com/2018/8/11/17677700/49ers-texans-five-players-step-up-jimmie-ward-jerick-mckinnon-offensive-line

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