Welcome to the eleventh edition of “Who to Rep,” our ongoing series in which we recommend a player to rep for the upcoming week. Our selection process is rigorously unscientific, but we hope you like it anyway.
It hasn’t been a dream season for San Francisco in the win column, but they finally got on the board with a victory over the Giants on Sunday. There were a lot of big performances: Carlos Hyde broke out for over 100 yards from scrimmage, C.J. Beathard had what will probably go down as the best game of his career, Eric Reid didn’t allow a catch over ten yards, Marquise Goodwin broke off an 83 yard touchdown, and Matt Breida tossed up a strong mix of yardage (55) and scoring (1 TD).
All of that is impressive, and encouraging for Niners fans, but there was one other Niner who put up an even more impressive—and even more encouraging—performance: 2017 first round pick Reuben Foster.
After missing much of the season with an injury, Foster has been gradually coming into his own, and on Sunday he seemed to be everywhere. He allowed only 12 yards in pass coverage, had 4 run stops, and even threw in a quarterback hit. Wherever San Francisco needed a play made, Foster was there, and largely thanks to that versatility they’re no longer staring down a goose egg in the win column.
More important than the win, though, is what it suggests for the future. We’ve mentioned a few times before that San Francisco has reason to optimistic about their young defensive core, but until now Foster was the biggest question mark of the group. It’s got to be encouraging for the SF brass to see their first round pick making not only such an impact on defense, but doing it in so many ways.
Along with fellow rookie Solomon Thomas, pass rushing phenom Deforest Buckner, and third year edge rusher Arik Armstead, Foster gives San Francisco a lot to look forward to.
All four have the potential to be big-time stars in scarlet and gold, but only Foster is this week’s Who to Rep.