Chris Harris Jr. (122 snaps, +2.5 PFF grade)
Aqib Talib (116 snaps, +5.1 PFF grade)
Bradley Roby (64 snaps, +0.2 grade)
Kayvon Webster (1 snap, -0.5 grade)
Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib have been as-advertised — absolutely dominant. Especially in the case of Talib, who had a game-changing, game-winning interception for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in week 1, and then another momentum shifting interception off of Alex Smith in week 2.
Talib, simply put, is playing like he’s the best cornerback in the league, and I’m going to be so bold as to say — a defensive MVP candidate.
He’s been simply sensational.
Harris leads the defense in snaps, and he’s been on lock-down duty through two games. Quarterbacks simply don’t really throw the ball his direction, and for good reason. He picked off his first pass of the season against Alex Smith and the Chiefs on a ball that was affected by pressure from the rushers, and it’ll certainly be the first of many to come.
Bradley Roby has been the subject of two of the most critical plays of the first two games. He altered the flight trajectory of a ball that was headed into the numbers of Steve Smith Sr. in week 1, and then scooped and scored on Brandon Marshall’s forced fumble in the Chiefs game to win it. I like Bradley Roby.
Webster is inexplicably unable to get any action defensively, in any package. He’s a good blitzer at worst, so I’d love to see him get some looks in that regard where I think he could contribute.