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The $9M 49ers defenseman continues his rare streak [LOOK]

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Do the San Francisco 49ers have the league’s most underrated cornerback?

The franchise invested heavily in Charvarius Ward — $40,500,000, to be exact — in an attempt to upgrade a unit that handed 337 passing yards to the Los Angeles Rams, who helped kick-start the 49ers’ 2021 season End NFC title game. That night, the 49ers felt they needed to make changes at this crucial position.

Well, Ward can be seen as the splashy newcomer. But there’s another 49ers defenseman with a $9 million deal who has not only gotten his own quick start, but has continued a rare, impressive streak that few cornerbacks can say will match to have.

Before we reveal what streak Emmanuel Moseley has for him, here’s what he did in the first two games of the season:

But it’s the bottom stat that’s worth the focus.

It’s not just the fact that Moseley has lost six points from his team this season. He has not given up a touchdown since November 5, 2020, when he tried to cover Davante Adams for the first touchdown of the game.

If you do the math, that means Moseley hasn’t conceded a touchdown as the closest coverage defender in 21 consecutive games he’s played per Pro Football Reference. And that includes last season’s three playoff games. It also means he hasn’t given up a touchdown in 85 straight quarters he’s played in — as that Adams touchdown was the only score Moseley gave up in the first quarter.

And Moseley is considered the 49ers’ No. 2 cornerback with Ward’s arrival. He also has a two-year, $9,384,000 contract (although his base salary is the highest among 49ers cornerbacks, according to Spotrac). Oh, let’s remind NFL fans that Moseley was never drafted by the University of Tennessee in the 2018 NFL Draft — even after playing in the always-stacked and rough-and-tumble Southeastern Conference, which saw paths cross with a South Carolina star and future 49ers wide receiver named Deebo Samuel crossed.

After researching the consecutive non-touchdowns statistic, even some of the best cornerbacks in the league have not produced a consecutive series like Moseley’s. Here is a comparison:

Jaire Alexander: The Green Bay Packers All-Pro was praised for his ability to limit receiving yards and take away the top WR option. But his best streak was nine straight games in which he missed six games per PFR in 2020. His streak was cut short against Philadelphia on December 6, 2020.

Jalen Ramsey: The Rams All-Pro had his best 13-straight-game streak from 2019-2020, including games with the Jacksonville Jaguars per PFR. He has made two touchdown passes on his side this season.

JC Jackson: The newest LA Chargers CB is the only one who has produced a better streak of games compared to Moseley – he has touchdowns in his first 30 games with the New England Patriots through November 20, 2020 against the Seattle Seahawks. Prior to joining the Bolts, Jackson had a nine-game streak until his loss to the Buffalo Bills on December 26, 2021.

Denzel Wart: Best ward had nine straight from 2019 through the 2020 regular season opener. He didn’t concede a touchdown in two games this season with the Cleveland Browns.

Xavien Howard: The Miami Dolphins Pro Bowler was currently closest to Ward among the league’s top five cornerbacks — with 10 straight — until his personal streak was broken in a thrilling 42-38 comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Moseley is still not a household name in the league, but he’s becoming one of the 49ers’ best-kept secrets with a loaded defense. And he’s in a division with some CB tormentors in Kupp, De’Andre Hopkins, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. And Moseley gave Metcalf the better end of the week 2 win in this film study piece:

The downside with Moseley is that he’s never stayed healthy for an entire season. But if he does it this time and continues to deny his team opportunities in the end zone, it should either qualify him for his first Pro Bowl nod or an even bigger paycheck.

The downside with Moseley is that he’s never stayed healthy for an entire season. But if he does it this time and continues to deny his team opportunities in the end zone, it should either qualify him for his first Pro Bowl nod or an even bigger paycheck.

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