49ers report card: Ratings for offense, defense in preseason loss to Texans

There was some good news coming out of the 49ers’ Thursday night preseason game against the Houston Texans.

That’s it: the 49ers’ preseason is over.

“It was pretty tough,” coach Kyle Shanahan said after the 17-0 loss to the 49ers to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. “We didn’t play clean at all.”

The next order of business for the 49ers is to get to their initial 53-man roster by the 1 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.

Then all the attention turns to the regular season opener on Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

But, first, let’s categorize our notes from a completely forgettable August night:

Hasty offense

Things have started very well for Trey Sermon, who is competing for a spot in the 49ers backfield. He pulled off a 12-yard run. After that, the 49ers running game was unsuccessful. Sermon had 20 yards on eight rushing attempts. As a team, the 49ers gained 51 yards on 24 rushing attempts.

Jeff Wilson Jr. got the start and had 16 yards on three carries. The 49ers have tough decisions to make to see who makes the team. Elijah Mitchell is the clear number 1. After that it’s a toss up with Sermon, Wilson, Ty Davis-Price and JaMycal Hasty.

Rating: F

Exceeding offense

The 49ers offensive line didn’t generate many holes in the running game, and pass protection was pretty tough as well.

Trey Lance completed seven of 11 pass attempts for 49 yards. Brock Purdy had a few moments, but he threw an interception. Nate Sudfeld was also cast once.

The 49ers could have avoided the shutout, but veteran receiver Willie Snead dropped an easy touchdown pass from Purdy in the end zone in the final seconds.

Rating: F

hasty defense

The Texans were able to run the ball effectively, which is understandable given the 49ers played this game without linebackers Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair. The Texans threw for 156 yards and a rushing touchdown. Segun Olubi was the 49ers leader with eight tackles.

Rating: C-minus

defensive pass

Rookie cornerback Sam Womack was called for pass interference in the end zone, but then offered a pass deflection which Tarvarius Moore turned into an interception in the end zone.

Samson Ebukam, Jordan Willis and Charles Omenihu each recorded a sack in the game. Texans quarterback Davis Mills completed six of 10 pass attempts for just 58 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Category B

Special teams

There is not much to see here. . . except for wide receiver Malik Turner, who argued for a roster spot based entirely on his special teams play. Turner made a big play on special teams for the second straight game with a shocking tackle.

Rating: C


The 49ers went through three preseason games without injuries to their key players. The DNP roster had 16 names on Thursday, as many of their best defensive players missed this one.

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No starting offensive tackle fitted, and Shanahan did no game planning for this game. So we’re going to look the other way and, as the manager said, we’re not going to “take too much advantage of it”.

Rating: C


Yes, it’s only the pre-season. And, yes, it was completely unassailable.

Rating: F

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