Through three weeks of his rookie season, Buckner is quickly emerging as one of the top-tier players among a developing Niners defense. And while the 1-2 49ers might not have a lot of bragging rights so far, Buckner’s ascension is one element about which the franchise can feel good.
Buckner has three solo tackles and 13 assists on the young season. But this doesn’t tell the whole story.
Likely slated for sub packages and specific assignments prior to the season, Buckner is now developing as an every-down player. He was in 81 percent of the team’s snaps against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3, per Joe Fann of 49ers.com.