Carlos Hyde had a big night in Baltimore.
The rookie running back went for 34 yards on three carries on the team’s first series, as the San Francisco 49ers fell 23-3 to the Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener. Hyde got the start with Frank Gore sitting out, and finished the night with 39 yards on five carries. Hyde also impressed with his pass protection during his first-half action.
Rookie linebacker Chris Borland got burned on a couple of plays early on. As defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had pointed out during a training camp press conference, Borland can become overly reliant on his instincts, leading to him misreading plays.
Michael Wilhoite, who is competing with Borland to step in for NaVorro Bowman, racked up seven tackles in the opening half. Quinton Dial was also one of the team’s standouts. The second-year player totaled a team-leading 10 tackles and recorded two forced fumbles. With Glenn Dorsey sidelined with a torn bicep, Dial is angling to take over as San Francisco’s nose tackle.
Early in the third quarter, Chris Cook snagged an interception. The cornerback also pulled down a pair of picks during the team’s practice at Levi’s Stadium on Monday. Before joining the 49ers, Cook had exactly zero interceptions in four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
In the fourth quarter, Lawrence Okoye exited the game after sustaining an apparent injury following a cut block. With Okoye leaving the game, the 49ers had just five healthy defensive linemen remaining, which led to fullback Will Tukuafu getting a run out on defense.
Chuck Jacobs also suffered an injury in the fourth quarter. At the end of a kick return, Jacobs’ knee buckled and the wide receiver needed immediate treatment from the 49ers training staff on the sideline. Jacobs was eventually able to walk under his own power, but ended up getting a ride from the cart to the locker room for further observation.
Up next, the 49ers take on the Denver Broncos on August 17 in the team’s first ever game at Levi’s Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm. The game can be seen on KPIX.
Note: Neither Michael Crabtree nor Brandon Lloyd played due to injuries. Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith got the night of even though all three players are healthy. According to team broadcaster Ted Robinson, Smith had already met with commissioner Roger Goodell, but there is still no word on what kind a suspension he could potentially be facing. The meeting took place on either Wednesday or Thursday, per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.