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By uggjery15 on Oct 10, 2013 08:12 AM
49ers' Dashon Goldson is making strides

As 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer and Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald thundered to the turf Monday, Spencer was surprised to see they had company.

Free safety Dashon Goldson was right there, prying the http://www.nikecardinalsauthenticjerseys.com ball from Fitzgerald's magnetic hands for an incomplete pass.

He also is one of only four players in the league this season to record at least two interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. (The others are Green Bay's Charles Women's Patrick Peterson Jersey Woodson, Atlanta's Thomas DeCoud and Seattle's David Hawthorne).

The 49ers insist there is only one Dashon Goldson on the roster.

But there are times when it looks as if he has been cloned.

"He has some range," defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said of the 2007 fourthround pick. "That's why we drafted him where we did. He did a good job last week making plays on the deep balls and also coming up and filling in on the run game."

The 49ers hope he's in the picture often today in Philadelphia. The Eagles rank third in the NFL with 28.6 points per game and are coming off a 45point outburst against the New York Giants.

Sure, the 49ers offense has looked better lately. But it would be unwise to get into a shootout with a team that leads the NFL in quickstrike scores. The Eagles have 13 touchdown drives this season of four plays or fewer.

The 49ers braced for a similar onslaught from the Cardinals, but Goldson helped keep them in check.

"The biggest game of my career. Got to keep building on that," Goldson said.

This is his first full season as a starter. It hasn't always looked as good as it did Monday night. There have been times when Authentic Patrick Peterson Jersey his boundless range just gives him more room to be out of position.

Mike Singletary said just weeks ago that Goldson needed to do a better job of understanding angles and not missing tackles. The coach liked the 6foot2, 200pounder's aggressiveness but not his occasional recklessness.

And then came Monday night.

Goldson had six tackles, an interception and forced two fumbles. He was a pigskinseeking missile who helped the 49ers record seven turnovers.

The thirdyear player from Washington said the key for him against the Cardinals was an ability to play 2to1. That means he would start a play covering the No. 2 receiver but race to help on No. 1 if he saw the play shaping up that way.

That's how Goldson wound up helping to shadow Fitzgerald on more than one occasion.

In the second quarter, for example, quarterback Kurt Warner nearly connected on a 46yard pass at the goal line. But Goldson got there and assisted, knocking the ball loose Patrick Peterson Youth Jersey to the shock of Singletary.

"Once Larry Fitzgerald gets the ball in his hands, 99 percent of the time he's going to come down with it," he said.

Just as surprising was that the defensive coverage didn't call for a safety over the top. Goldson just sniffed out the play and found a way to get there.

It wasn't the only time. After a few other passes http://www.nikecardinalsauthenticjerseys.com/Authentic-Patrick-Peterson-Jersey toward Fitzgerald, the safety pulled Spencer aside and said, "Give me a ball call." In other words, Goldson wanted the cornerback to alert him that the pass was in the air so he could position himself for an interception.

There was only one problem.

"I said, man, I didn't even know you were coming," Spencer told him.

He's coming, all right. Injuries to his elbow (2007) and knee ('08) curtailed his first two NFL seasons, when he started just twice, but he is beginning to blossom as a fulltime starter.

The 49ers need him at his best today. Quarterback Donovan McNabb and bigplay receiver DeSean Jackson key an offense that leads the NFL with 15 touchdowns of 20 yards or more.

"I think Dashon, like several of our young guys, just has to continue to take those steps each week to get better," Singletary said.


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