No. 3: DB Antone Exum Jr.
Three total tackles (three solo), three passes deflected and one interception returned 32 yards for a touchdown
Defensive back Antone Exum came in for the injured Jaquiski Tartt, who’s been out for the last two weeks with a shoulder injury. This was the kind of performance expected from Tartt, but Exum came in to outperform any and all expectations against him.
He came away with the first interception for the 49ers of the 2018 season. It came on the first defensive possession of the game for San Francisco and on a third down. Exum played it perfectly, as he read Philip Rivers’ eyes and broke on the ball to take it back for the touchdown:
First INT of the year for the #49ers and it's a big one!
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 30, 2018
He continued being someone that made it rough on Rivers all game, as he was deflecting passes and disrupting the downfield passing game.
The former Hokie’s great play in relief of Tartt is something to be optimistic about. Especially when looking at the depth at defensive back moving forward.