William Jackson III, Bengals 6-0 • 196 pounds • 27 years old
Jackson played 2020 on a fifth-year option, which shows how much Cincinnati valued him. His best season was in 2017 with 14 PDs and a pick, but has been a little up and down since. He has world-class speed, running faster than 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has had a couple of season-ending injuries: 2016 (pectoral) and 2019 (shoulder).
Shaquill Griffin, Seahawks 6-0 • 194 • 25
Despite missing four games last year with a knee injury, Griffin still managed 3 interceptions and 12 PDs in 12 starts. He has 48 PDs in four seasons, so he gets his hands on a lot of passes and made the Pro Bowl in 2019. He could be a candidate to move to safety in the future, a position he played some in college.
Patrick Peterson, Cardinals 6-1 • 203 • 30
Peterson is coming off an average season by his standards, but he still had 3 picks, 8 PDs and 60 tackles. He is amazingly durable for the injury-laden CB position, playing all 16 games in nine of 10 seasons. He might not be the player he was in his prime, but the eight-time Pro Bowler is still very good.
Xavier Rhodes, Colts 6-1 • 218 • 30
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When Robert Saleh signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets, Jan. 14, he became the 35th former San Francisco assistant to use his time on the 49ers’ staff as a springboard to a future position as an NFL head coach. Several of those men made a big enough impact during their time with the team — and then later leading other teams, with 10 taking their new teams to the Super Bowl — to be included on this list of the Most Illustrious Assistant Coaches in 49ers history.
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It was a season to remember. It was a season to forget. Either way, you look at it, it was the strangest of seasons for San Francisco that you will ever see. Looking back at the year that was to illustrate that point, The Niner Report has assembled the best, worst and most unconventional of the 49ers’ 2020 season.
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