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NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 17, Minnesota Vikings 7

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (14) tosses the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

In a battle of backups and depth players, the San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback play and backfield proved superior to that of the Minnesota Vikings in a 17-7 win.

Editor’s note: All grades in this article are subject to review. All PFF player grades will be finalized by 12 pm ET tomorrow.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

QUARTERBACK

Veteran Nate Sudfeld made one big-time throw and one turnover-worthy play across his 18 dropbacks.

Rookie Brock Purdy‘s stat line suffered from four drops by his receivers, but his adjusted completion rate (85.7%) tells the larger story: He performed well overall.

RUNNING BACK

Tyrion Davis-Price handled the majority of work out of San Francisco’s backfield. On 10 carries, he tallied 41 yards — 31 of which came after contact.

Trey Sermon was held in check before his night concluded, taking his five carries for a measly eight yards. He averaged just .6 yards before contact.

RECEIVERS

Drops plagued the 49ers on the day, with the receivers accounting for three of the team's five. Jauan Jennings and Danny Gray were among the culprits.

Among the positives was the tight end group, which combined for 11 catches on 12 targets for 110 yards, eight first downs and three explosive plays (15-plus yards).

OFFENSIVE LINE

Fourth-round rookie Spencer Burford played the entire first half and stayed clean in pass protection across 23 such snaps.

Justin Skule is set to pace the team in run-blocking grade after performing well on 20 such snaps.

DEFENSIVE LINE

It was a standout effort from rookie second-rounder Drake Jackson, who tallied three pressures and beat his blocker another two times as a pass-rusher.

LINEBACKER

Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles led the way with two run stops and just one yard allowed in coverage.

• The Vikings targeted Oren Burks five times for five receptions, 39 yards and two first downs on the night.

SECONDARY

Deommodore Lenoir was the only 49ers defensive back to force an incompletion. He ended up allowing three catches on five targets for 27 yards.

While Tariq Castro-Fields surrendered five catches on five targets, they went for only a combined 27 yards.


MINNESOTA VIKINGS

QUARTERBACK

The Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion show continued for Minnesota this preseason. Mond was easily the more volatile of the two, making a whopping three turnover-worthy plays.

Mannion ended 10-of-15 with neither a big-time throw nor a turnover-worthy play.

RUNNING BACK

 A valued fantasy football handcuff to Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison was Minnesota's most productive back on the night. His three carries went for 17 yards and he forced a missed tackle.

RECEIVERS

Olabisi Johnson led the team in targets (6) and hauled in three for 29 yards, all of which resulted in first downs.

Tight end Zach Davidson managed to drop three of his four targets on the night.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Second-year guard Wyatt Davis and center Austin Schlottmann were among the Vikings' standouts after allowing no pressure on 12 and 25 pass-blocking snaps, respectively.

Oli Udoh had the worst go of things, surrendering four pressures and getting a beat another two times in pass protection.

DEFENSIVE LINE

It was all T.Y. McGill. He racked up a game-high five pressures, including two sacks.

LINEBACKER

The linebacker snap counts went as follows: Chazz Surratt (37), Troy Dye (31), Brian Asamoah (30), Blake Lynch (23) and William Kwenkeu (20).

SECONDARY

First-round rookie Lewis Cine gave up one catch on two targets for 19 yards.

Second-round rookie Andrew Booth Jr. surrendered two grabs on as many targets for 14 yards.

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