The San Francisco 49ers are the favorite in Week 3 against the New York Giants. The Knicks are seriously injured by an injury and will not have a few top players, including Jimmy Gallopolo, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, Raheem Mostelt, Dee Ford and Twin Coleman.
This weekend may be helpful. George Kittle, DJ Jones and Dre Greenlaw will participate in practice on Wednesday. We will get to know their status in the nearer time of the game.
Without all these big names, San Francisco needs other players to step up. Here are the three players who need to bring the “A” game this weekend:
DL- Arik Armstead
Armstead signed a five-year, $85 million contract during the offseason and performed well in the first two weeks. The focus of professional football made him the 49ers defensive player with the highest score in the 8ers against the New York Jets. With the departure of Bosa, opposition to the offense will become the key to Armstead. Last season, the team focused on accommodating Bosa and DeForest Buckner, who had left the team, which allowed Armstead to take advantage of a one-on-one matchup. Now, without the two best players in the game next to him, the 26-year-old will have to lead the passing frenzy of the Niners.
RB- Jeremy McKinnon
In the first two weeks, Jet performed very well. After missing a back-to-back season with a knee injury, the 28-year-old rebounded well. McKinnon has six 1
lb – Quan Alexander
A leader of the 49-man defense line needs further improvement. Alexander scored a team-high 65 shots in the game against the Jets, but PFF rated him as one of the defensive subordinates with a rating of 50.0, including a screen rating of 42.2, which should be his basic skill. Alexander’s conceded goals this season are still a problem, his MTkl% contribution rate in the two games was 21.1%. Without Bosa, Sherman and Ford in the lineup, the 49ers’ defense needs the rest of the veterans to start making money.