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49ers review vs. Bills: Wide receivers, tight ends

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49ers review vs. Bills: Wide receivers, tight ends

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 45-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills continues . . .Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played 20 snaps on offense and helped get the offense going with the first touchdown of the game. . . He made good adjustment against CB Aaron Williams to catch QB Alex Smith's back-shoulder throw, then turned it up for a 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Made good block downfield on CB Justin Rogers to enable Hunter to pick up 12 yards on third-and-10. . . He finished with two catches for 50 yards and also averaged 22.5 yards on two kickoff returns.
15-Michael Crabtree: He played 29 snaps and had one of the better games of his career with six catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. . . Working out of the slot, he had 26 yards after the catch for a 36-yard gain to set up 49ers' first TD. . . Scored first TD of the season when he got wide open on a corner route behind the corner and in front of the safety for 28 yards with :24 remaining before the half.
17-A.J. Jenkins: He was inactive (coaches' decision).
19-Ted Ginn Jr.: He played 12 snaps of offense as the 49ers' No. 5 receiver, with most of it coming after the starters were removed. He did not catch a pass. Ginn averaged 6.3 yards on three punt returns.
82-Mario Manningham: He played 32 snaps, finishing with four catches for 26 yards. . . He ran a 9-yard out when the 49ers needed 11 yards on their first third down of the game. . . Completely turned around CB Aaron Williams and gained yards of separation on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Smith at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
84-Randy Moss: He played 18 snaps and had one catch for 11 yards, but coach Jim Harbaugh continues to rave about his contributions. "Randy Moss has been just great," Harbaugh said. "A lot of people talk about the past or whatever, I've seen nothing other than a guy that just works hard and wants to contribute and practices, just says and does all the right things. If there was something in the past it'd be like that Etch a Sketch you have as a kid and you lift that piece of paper up. It's been nothing but great."REWIND: Roman gets high marks for 49ers' record-setting offensive display
Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He did not have a pass thrown his way, but he still managed to make an impact in his 38 snaps from scrimmage. . . Made block on LB Arthur Moats on Gore's 19-yard run in first quarter. . . Made block on SS Da'Norris Searcy to enable Kaepernick to get into the end zone on 16-yard TD run in fourth quarter. . . On the negative side, called for a tripping penalty that negated a 14-yard gain by Hunter. After reviewing the film, Harbaugh disputed the call.
81-Garrett Celek: The undrafted rookie from Michigan State played 14 snaps on offense and had his first career reception for 4 yards.
83-Demarcus Dobbs: He did not play on offense, but had a team-high 25 snaps on special teams.
85-Vernon Davis: He played 56 snaps and caught five passes for 106 yards. He helped set up the 49ers' first points (a field goal) with a 53-yard reception in the first quarter. On the third snap from scrimmage, his 21-yard reception was brought back because of a holding penalty.

49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

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49ers snap count: Reid no longer starter; rookies see more time on offense

Veteran safety Eric Reid returned from a knee injury that kept him out three games to discover he lost his starting job.

Strong safety Jaquiski Tartt has continued to serve as an every-down player for the 49ers’ defense. On Sunday, Reid played 48 snaps (64 percent) as the 49ers employed six defensive backs against the Dallas Cowboys three-receiver sets.

The 49ers had to adjust their sub package after nickel back K’Waun Williams sustained a hip injury. Rookie Adrian Colbert entered the game at safety with Jimmie Ward taking over Williams’ role. Colbert played 29 snaps.

Newly signed defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel saw a lot of action in their 49ers debuts. Douzable played the third-most of any defensive lineman (behind Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner), seeing action on 47 of the team’s 75 snaps. McDaniel played 25 snaps.

On offense, the 49ers appear to be making a point to go with younger players. Rookie Cole Hikutini played 21 snaps, taking over as the No. 2 tight end over Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, another undrafted rookie, played a season-high 23 snaps. On fourth-and-4 from the Dallas 28 early in the third quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to go for it instead of kicking a 46-yard field goal. Bourne was the intended target. But he stumbled after a spin move from the slot, and C.J. Beathard’s pass was incomplete.

“As I was throwing the ball he tripped,” Beathard said. “If he hadn’t tripped on a DB’s feet or whatever happened there, it would’ve been a big play.”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
(66 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 66
Running back – Carlos Hyde 51, Matt Breida 15
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 46, Trent Taylor 46, Marquise Goodwin 39, Aldrick Robinson 30, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 31, Cole Hikutini 21, Garrett Celek 18, Logan Paulsen 11
Offensive line – Joe Staley 66, Daniel Kilgore 66, Laken Tomlinson 66, Brandon Fusco 52, Trent Brown 45, Garry Gilliam 20, Zane Beadles 14

DEFENSE
(75 plays)
Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 61, DeForest Buckner 50, Leger Douzable 47, Earl Mitchell 38, Xavier Cooper 26, D.J. Jones 25, Tony McDaniel 25, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 53, Eli Harold 31, Ray-Ray Armstrong 27, Brock Coyle 22, Dekoda Watson 9
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 63, Rashard Robinson 51, Ahkello Witherspoon 35, K’Waun Williams 20
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 75, Jimmie Ward 75, Eric Reid 48, Adrian Colbert 29

SPECIAL TEAMS
(24 plays)
Elijah Lee 21, Coyle 21, Raheem Mostert 16, Celek 15, Colbert 16, Witherspoon 15, Breida 14, Harold 12, Hikutini 12, Armstrong 10, Tartt 10, Bradley Pinion 9, Jones 8, R.Robinson 8, Ward 8, Johnson 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Paulsen 6, Reid 5, Mitchell 5, Douzable 4, A.Robinson 3, Taylor 3, Robbie Gould 2, Foster 2, Staley 2, Kilgore 2, Gilliam 2, Beadles 2, Tomlinson 1, Fusco 1, Brown 1, Dumervil 1, Watson 1, Williams 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Brian Hoyer

INACTIVE
WR Victor Bolden
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OL Erik Magnuson

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

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Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.