49ers snap count: Hodges benched for Wilhoite


49ers snap count: Hodges benched for Wilhoite

SANTA CLARA -- After starting the first three games of the season, Gerald Hodges was benched in the 49ers' 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

Michael Wilhoite started in Hodges’ spot and played all 76 defensive snaps. Even after NaVorro Bowman went down with what is feared to be a season-ending Achilles injury, the 49ers inserted Nick Bellore at linebacker.

“We were trying to get Wilhoite involved a little bit,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “He’s played really well for us in practice and in games and just trying to get Mike in there as the will linebacker. He’s really worked very hard in practice and that’s what we thought we were going to go. That was a decision we made early in the week, to get Mike out there with NaVorro.

“Bellore is always the back up mike, so that’s kind of how that works. So Nick plays the backup mike. Gerald and Mike play the will position and (Bowman) and Bellore play the mike position.”

Hodges did not play any snaps on defense and saw eight plays on special teams.

Rookie Rashard Robinson started at right cornerback in place of injured Jimmie Ward. Keith Reaser replaced Chris Davis as the team’s nickel back. Robinson played 67 snaps, while Reaser was on the field for 24 defensive plays.

“He (Robinson) just had a really good week of practice,” Kelly said. “We kind of put it on practice and then the other thing is we asked Reaser to play some nickel.

“With Rashard, we just left him at one spot and obviously like we said we were going to watch how the week of training went and he did a really nice job in the week of training. We felt like he deserved the opportunity. I thought he stepped up and did some really nice things today.”

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 24-17 loss to the Cowboys:

53 snaps
53 -- QB Blaine Gabbert, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Andrew Tiller, RT Trent Brown.
51 -- WR Quinton Patton, WR Torrey Smith
47 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
44 -- RB Carlos Hyde
39 -- TE Garrett Celek
17 -- RB Shaun Draughn
9 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
5 -- TE Blake Bell
2 -- WR Rod Streater

76 snaps
76 -- FS Eric Reid, LB Michael Wilhoite
74 -- CB Tramaine Brock, SS Antoine Bethea
70 -- DT DeForest Buckner
67 -- CB Rashard Robinson
65 -- LB Ahamd Brooks
52 -- DT Arik Armstead
47 -- LB NaVorro Bowman
45 -- DL Mike Purcelle
37 -- DB Jaquiski Tartt
30 -- LB Eli Harold
29 -- LB Nick Bellore
28 -- DL Quinton Dial
24 -- CB Keith Reaser
21 -- LB Tank Carradine
12 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
7 -- DL Ronald Blair
2 -- CB Chris Davis

Special teams
22 -- Shayne Skov
21 -- Bellore
18 -- Dontae Johnson
17 -- Marcus Cromartie, Burbridge
16 -- Tartt
13 -- Draughn
12 -- Purcell
11 -- Robinson
10 -- Bradley Pinion
9 -- Carradine, C.Davis
8 -- Gerald Hodges, Buckner, Dial
7 -- Kyle Nelson
6 -- Patton, Bell
5 -- Mike Davis, Kerley, Brooks, Reaser
4 -- Phil Dawson, Celek, Reid, Wilhoite
3 -- Joshua Garnett, Staley, Beadles, Tiller, Brown, Streater
2 -- Brock

Did not play
QB Colin Kaepernick
C Marcus Martin
TE Je’Ron Hamm

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Jimmie Ward
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
TE Vance McDonald
OT John Theus
DL Taylor Hart

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”