49ers snap count: 22 players see action on defense

49ers snap count: 22 players see action on defense

ATLANTA – One week after seeing his first NFL action at left tackle, 49ers offensive lineman Zane Beadles lined up in a position he had never before played.

With only a few practice snaps on the side during the course of the week, Beadles was pressed into action to play 13 snaps Sunday at center in the 49ers’ 41-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers (1-13) were losers for the 13th consecutive time to extend their own franchise-worst record.

Beadles the second start of his NFL career at left tackle in place of Joe Staley, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. Beadles started the first 11 games of the season at left guard.

“It’s been an interesting couple of weeks,” said Beadles, a seven-year NFL veteran. “That’s something I pride myself on, being able to play multiple positions.”

Beadles got the call to play center ahead of rookie Alex Balducci after Marcus Martin was sidelined with an ankle injury in the second half. Rookie John Theus played 13 snaps at left tackle in his NFL debut.

"For Zane to be able to play three different positions on this offensive line and play at a very high level really speaks to his ability as a player," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. "Theus coming in, stepping up and holding his own, as well, I think we have players that can step in. We just have to put it all together to get a win."

Twenty-two different 49ers players saw action on defense. The 49ers were especially thin at inside linebacker, where starter Gerald Hodges was benched due to a violation of team rules.

After starter Nick Bellore went down with an elbow injury on the third play of the game, the 49ers used defensive backs Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, at the inside linebacker position.

Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:

55 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT/C Zane Beadles, LG Andrew Tiller, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
52 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
46 -- WR Chris Harper
42 -- C Marcus Martin
34 -- WR Aaron Burbridge, RB Carlos Hyde
29 -- TE Garrett Celek
27 -- TE Je’Ron Hamm
21 -- RB Shaun Draughn
13 -- LT John Theus
10 -- WR Quinton Patton
2 -- TE Blake Bell

68 -- LB Michael Wilhoite, DB Antoine Bethea
67 -- DB Jaquiski Tartt
65 -- DL DeForest Buckner
62 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
58 -- CB Tramaine Brock
45 -- CB Rashard Robinson
42 -- LB Eli Harold
39 -- DL Chris Jones
27 -- LB Aaron Lynch
25 -- DL Quinton Dial
24 -- CB Jimmie Ward
21 -- CB Dontae Johnson, DB Marcus Cromartie
17 -- CB Keith Reaser
15 -- DL Mike Purcell
14 -- LB Tank Carradine
10 -- DB Vinnie Sunseri, DL Ronald Blair
7 -- DB JaCorey Shepherd
3 -- LB Nick Bellore
1 -- DB Marcus Ball

Special teams
22 -- Sunseri
19 -- Jones
18 -- Draughn, Ball
17 -- Hamm, Streater, Wilhoite, Purcell
16 -- Celek
13 -- Johnson
12 -- Bradley Pinion
11 -- Burbridge, Buckner
10 -- Shepherd
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Robinson, Cromartie
7 -- DuJuan Harris, Lynch, Blair
6 -- Bell, Harold, Carradine
4 -- Tartt, Brooks, Ward, Reaser
2 -- Phil Dawson, Brown, Garnett, Tiller, Kerley, Theus, Brock
1 -- Bethea, Dorsey, Dial, Bellore

Did not play
QB Christian Ponder
OL Alex Balducci

Not active
QB Blaine Gabbert
RB Mike Davis
OL Josh Allen
LB Gerald Hodges
T Joe Staley
WR Torrey Smith
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

Terrell Owens selects former 49ers coach as his Hall of Fame presenter


Terrell Owens selects former 49ers coach as his Hall of Fame presenter

Terrell Owens has selected former 49ers special teams and wide receivers coach George Stewart as his presenter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“He knew what to get out of me,” Owens told the Hall of Fame.

“He knows who I am. To know who Terrell Owens is, you have to spend some time with him. . . George Stewart became a father figure to me.”

Owens was elected into the Hall of Fame in February. He will enter the Hall of Fame in a class that also includes wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.

Owens played special teams under Stewart’s direction as a rookie after coming to the 49ers in 1996.

From 2000 to ’02, Stewart worked as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach. Owens was selected to three consecutive All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls during that time. Owens ranks No. 2 all time behind Jerry Rice with 15,934 receiving yards. He is third all-time with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Stewart is set to enter his 30th NFL season as an assistant coach and his second as special-teams coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Class of 2018 will be enshrined inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear


Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear

Safety Eric Reid, who has 69 career starts and one Pro Bowl appearance in his five-year NFL career, remains available on the open market more than a week after the opening of free agency.

Reid has received no reported interest from NFL teams in what has been an unusually soft market for free-agent safeties. But, with Reid, there is another variable that could be playing a factor.

Reid was at the forefront of the social activism that has been a major storyline in the NFL since the beginning of the 2016 season. Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in America.

Reid has remained outspoken and has taken a knee as a way to “make people uncomfortable about the issues.” Reid has been clear his protest has nothing to do with the flag or the anthem.

“The anthem is just a vehicle to get us to have those conversations,” Reid told NBC Sports Bay Area last season. “It’s the platform we have. It’s the only time we have to get the eyeballs on us to do that. If we just did locker-room talks afterward, nobody would even know. Strategically, this is the only way we thought we could do it.”

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on March 10, had been the Seattle Seahawks’ player representative. He is a vice president of the NFL Players Association. Reid was the 49ers’ union representative.

Sherman said he is keeping a close eye on Reid’s situation.

“We are concerned, because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in this league,” Sherman said on Tuesday. “He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. Safeties make a certain amount. I would think he’s top-five, top-10 safeties in this league, so he deserves to be paid accordingly.

“So there is concern there, because you would think a player of his caliber and his quality would be picked up by now. I think great teams are still looking and people are still looking for players. I’m praying that he gets picked up. But if he doesn’t, then I think there will be a conversation with the league office and the union on potential league action.”

Kaepernick never got so much as an opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot during training camp last season. Could Reid, 26, be heading for the same fate?

Reid addressed the issue last week on social media:

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.”

The 49ers have not placed a priority on re-signing Reid. The club already has potential starting safeties Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert under contract for the upcoming season.

Reid, whom the 49ers traded up to select with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has 10 career interceptions. He appeared to thrive last season in run support as a safety who played closer to the line of scrimmage.