Lost in the San Francisco 49ers' two blowout losses in the preseason have been a few standout performers.
And most have come from the defensive side of the ball.
That's because San Francisco's offense has scored just three points and turned the ball over seven times. With the struggles of the running game, you won't be seeing an offensive linemen on this list. And it goes without saying that the quarterback play, especially from the backups, doesn't warrant any inclusions.
Among the few who just missed the cut are Michael Wilhoite (14 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss), Chris Cook (one interception) and Jimmie Ward (nine tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass defensed).
Wilhoite has been productive, but he hasn't consistently shed blockers or taken proper angles to ball-carriers. Ward and Cook have both had their moments, but one other defensive back has been even better. And that's whom I'll start with.