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49ers rookie CB Ahkello Witherspoon has breakout performance

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 15: Ahkello Witherspoon #23 of the San Francisco 49ers defends during the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the 49ers 26-24. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

  • The San Francisco 49ers came out of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a bright spot in rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who had what could be called a breakout performance. Witherspoon earned the third-highest cornerback grade of the week at 88.1, the top performance of his young career thus far.
  • In coverage for 39 snaps, Witherspoon was targeted eight times only giving up three receptions. Outside of a 53-yard catch allowed to Alshon Jeffery, Witherspoon was sticky in coverage all day and surrendered just an additional 13 yards while picking off a pass.
  • Witherspoon had been solid in the three games prior to this Week’s big performance but had certainly looked like a rookie at times. With his big game yesterday, Witherspoon ranks 52nd out of 115 qualifying corners with an overall grade of 76.2. On the season, he is allowing a respectable passer rating against of 82.5.

San Francisco 49ers CB Ahkello Witherspoon

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