There are a number of interesting battles which the Sunday afternoon game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers features. One of those will be between the 49ers’ secondary against the Packers’ wide receivers and tight ends. Analyzing both units, it is easy to see why it is a must-watch during the game.
Coming into Sunday’s 2013 season opener, the Packers still are blessed to have one of the best wide receiver and tight end units in the NFL. With an emerging star like Randall Cobb, and reliable contributors ready to step up to the next level of play in Jordy Nelson and James Jones, the 49ers cornerbacks will have a task on their hands during the game.
Throw in the play of Jermichael Finley at tight end, and the 49ers have another player to worry about on pass coverage.
Entering the offseason, the 49ers secondary has been an area which the front office sought to address with player acquisitions and drafting, To replace the departure of Dashon Goldson at strong safety, the 49ers drafted Eric Reid, while signing veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and Eric Wright.
While Asomugha is expected to see a lot of action as the no. 3 cornerback because of the Packers’ penchant to play with three and or four wide receiver sets, Wright will not see game action as he is still on the reserved/non-football injury list.
The 49ers’ secondary played relatively well during the preseason. On Sunday, they will be tested right away as they go up against one of the league’s best wide receiver and tight end units, who is capable of making any secondary look less than average.
If the 49ers’ secondary is able to hold its own, this will go a long way to helping slow down a potent Packers offense. but if they give up big plays, it could be a very long afternoon.