Maiocco: 49ers offense -- Player-by-player review


Maiocco: 49ers offense -- Player-by-player review

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Here's a player-by-player look at every 49ers' offensive player from the team's 17-3 exhibition victory over the Raiders on Saturday night:

Quarterback (5)
1-McLeod Bethel-Thompson: Did not play.
3-Jeremiah Masoli: Entered the game with 2:20 remaining. He handed off three times to running back Xavier Omon and then took a knee twice to run out the clock and end the game.
7-Colin Kaepernick: He took the final snap of the first half, and played most of the second half. . . Made an excellent throw to receiver Kyle Williams in a tight window on his first attempt of the game, going for 12 yards. . . . Completed 6 of 8 passes for 52 yards, and looked much more relaxed than a week earlier in his debut. He was sacked twice for 15 yards, and did not attempt to run. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
9-Josh McCown: Did not play.
11-Alex Smith: Started and played the first three possessions, amounting to 32 snaps. . . . He hung in and made an accurate throw right before getting drilled by defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. The pass went for a 32-yard gain to Josh Morgan late in the first quarter. . . . A few plays later, he misread the Raiders' defense and threw an easy interception to defensive end Matt Schaughnessy, who had dropped into coverage. . . . Overall, a lot of progress from the opener, but not great. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 126 yards. Two of his three series got inside the Raiders' 20-yard line but failed to get into the end zone. Both drives stalled when the 49ers called third-down run plays instead of allowing Smith to throw for touchdowns.Running backs (8)
21-Frank Gore: Started at running back and played eight snaps on the first series before retiring to the sideline for the rest of the game. . . . He finished with four carries for 21 yards.
24-Anthony Dixon: He played 16 snaps in the first half and finished with 53 yards rushing on 12 attempts. . . . Had two third-down rushing attempts deep in Raiders territory. He was stopped for no gain from the 2-yard line, and gained nothing on a draw play from the shotgun formation at the 5. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
26-Seth Smith: Did not play on offense.
32-Kendall Hunter: It was an outstanding all-around game for the rookie. . . . He got to the left sideline and weaved his way through traffic for a 16-yard gain in the second in the quarter. . . . Got some good blocking at the line of scrimmage, then did a nice job of making safeties Stevie Brown and Jerome Boyd miss tackles en route to his 53-yard TD run early in the third quarter. . . . On the next series, he flipped blitzing safety Matt Giordano with a block to provide time for Kaepernick to hit Reuland for 13 yards. . . . He finished with 105 yards on nine carries.
33-Xavier Omon: He played the final 20 offensive snaps of the game, and gained 62 yards and a touchdown on 14 rushing attempts as the 49ers set out to run out the clock late in the game.
43-Jack Corcoran: Entered the game at fullback in the middle of the fourth quarter and played 20 snaps. . . . He took linebacker Bruce Davis to the ground with a lead block on a play which Omon gained 6 yards.
44-Moran Norris: Played 14 snaps over the first three series of the game. . . . Safety Tyvon Branch bounced off his block on the outside to stop Dixon for a 1-yard gain. . . . Overall, he did not have a productive night, but he did lock up linebacker Quentin Groves to help open a hole for Dixon's 15-yard gain in the second quarter.
49-Bruce Miller: Interestingly, he was the first fullback in the game, as he entered on the second play from scrimmage. . . . Made a block on linebacker Jon Condo on Hunter's long TD run. . . . Another good block on Bruce Davis to open a hole for Hunter on an 11-yard gain. . . . And on another 11-yard gain, Miller took care of defensive end Jarvis Moss. . . . On a third-and-3, caught short pass from Kaepernick and turned up field for a 9-yard gain in the fourth quarter. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)NEWS: Gore-49ers situation described as 'volatile'
Wide receivers (12)
2-Chris Hogan: Sustained left ankle sprain Aug. 5, and has not practiced since. He did not suit up.
6-Tyler Beiler: Played just one snap from scrimmage on the final drive. (Follow on Twitter @MrBeiler)
9-Dontavia Bogan: Placed on injured reserve after sustaining torn ACL in right knee on July 31. He does not count against roster limit. (Follow on Twitter @DontaviaBogan)
10-Kyle Williams: Saw action on 25 plays in the second half, and had another nice game. . . . Made a leaping catch over cornerback Joe Porter to gain 13 yards on a third-and-3 situation in the fourth quarter. He finished with two catches for 25 yards. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
13-Joe Hastings: He entered the game with 2:20 remaining and played five snaps from scrimmage -- all run plays.
14-Kevin Jurovich: He played only three snaps in the game and did not see any action come his way.
15-Michael Crabtree: Remains on physically-unable-to-perform list (left foot). (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Dominique Zeigler: Remains on physically-unable-to-perform list (left knee). (Follow on Twitter @DZeigler17)
18-Lance Long: He saw action on 23 snaps in the second half, and caught two passes for 5 yards. . . He occupied cornerback Chimidi Chekwa enough to allow Omon to get to the pylon for a 5-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
19-Ted Ginn: He started the game and played 17 snaps from scrimmage. He caught a 6-yard pass. . . . He took the opening kickoff 26 yards, and he returned one punt for 1 yard.
81-Braylon Edwards: He played 16 snaps in the game, and had two receptions for 46 yards. . . . Against the tight coverage of cornerback Walter McFadden, Edwards made a remarkable 32-yard one-handed reception along the left sideline to set up the 49ers' first field goal. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
84-Joshua Morgan: He started and played 25 snaps . . . He caught two passes for 40 yards, including a 32-yarder from Alex Smith.
88-Ronald Johnson: He played just two snaps from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, and saw no action come his way. (Follow on Twitter @TrojanRojoTight ends (5)
46-Delanie Walker: Started the game in a two-TE formation and played 22 of the team's 33 offensive snaps in the first half. . . He one pass directed his way, but he lost his footing and could not make the reception. . . His blocking looked much-improved.(Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
48-Konrad Reuland: Entered the game as the 49ers' third tight end played as much as anybody on offense with 38 snaps from scrimmage. . . . Made catch and held onto the ball despite big hit from Raiders safety Jerome Boyd for 15-yard gain. Finished with two catches for 25 yards.
82-Nate Byham: Out for the season after sustaining torn ACL in left knee on July 30.
83-Colin Cloherty: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @COLmestalku)
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played the 49ers' first two series of the game. . . . Had a 14-yard reception on a third-and-11 on the first drive. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen (15)
60-Nick Howell: Got into the game for three plays in the fourth quarter when he briefly replaced Derek Hall at right guard. . . . While he was in, he performed a double-team block with Tony Wragge on defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie that paved the way for Omon to gain 6 yards. . . . Played the final five snaps at left guard.
61-Chase Beeler: Entered the game at center for the 49ers' final series with 2:20 remaining.
62-Chilo Rachal: Started at right guard and played the first three series. . . . Did a good job of running defensive tackle Tommy Kelly into a double-team, then coming off him to pick up defensive end Richard Seymour on a stunt to give Alex Smith time to hit Vernon Davis for a third-down conversion. . . . Got to the outside and got enough of safety Jerome Boyd to allow Dixon to get around the corner for 12 yards on the first drive.
63-Donovan Edwards: Got into the game at left tackle for the 49ers' final five plays, two of which were kneel-downs. (Follow on Twitter @DonovanEdwards)
65-Kenny Wiggins: Entered the game at right tackle for the final series, which began with 2:20 remaining.
66-Jonathan Goodwin: Entered the game at center for the third series of the game. . . . Mostly, he did a good job, but he was beaten badly by defensive tackle Desmond Bryant for a sack late in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @jgoody76)
67-Daniel Kilgore: Entered as the second-string left guard, and provided a nice block on Cumbie to help spring Hunter on his 53-yard TD run. . . Did a good job of getting to the second level to make blocks on linebackers, too.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at center and played first two series. . . . He got out to the second level to block linebacker Rolando McClain on a play in which Hunter gained 7 yards. . . . There were no issues with snaps, and his play was clearly a lot better in this game than in the exhibition opener. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
69-Tony Wragge: Entered the game at right guard with the second-team line. . . . Did his part on Hunter's 53-yard TD run, as he completely mauled defensive end Tommie Hill out of the picture. . . . Moved to center with 12 minutes left in the game. (Follow on Twitter @tnywragge)
71-Derek Hall: Entered the game at right guard with 12 minutes left in the game. . . . On a third-and-1 in the fourth quarter, he drove Cumbie back 6 yards, where he made the tackle on Omon.
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle and played the first three series. . . Got to the outside and made a nice cut block on safety Tyvon Branch to enable Gore to get to the outside for an 11-yard gain on the first drive. . . . Ran Moss into left guard Mike Iupati, then got out to block linebacker Travis Goethel on a 15-yard gain by Dixon in the second quarter. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: Played almost the entire second half at left tackle. . . . Had a key block to ride Moss out of the way on Omon's 5-yard touchdown run. . . . He held up well in pass protection, too.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle and played the first 32 snaps of the game. . . . He had a false start on the 49ers' third play from scrimmage. . . . Kelly got past him to put a big hit on Alex Smith, as Smith was throwing to Morgan for a big first-quarter gain. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played the first 32 snaps of the game. . . His holding penalty wiped out a 16-yard gain for Hunter at the end of the first quarter. . . . Pushed the pile to allow Hunter to gain 5 yards and a first down in the second quarter.
78-Mike Person: Entered at right tackle with the second-team offense, and did his part on Hunter's long run with a double-team block on Hill and then peeled off to get Goethal at the second level. . . . Tied up defensive end Mason Brodine so Omon could gain 2 yards over the right side on a third-and-1.

Mailbag: Are 49ers trying to win or develop players?


Mailbag: Are 49ers trying to win or develop players?

After five consecutive close losses and some reason for optimism, it all came crashing down for the 49ers on Sunday.

Rookie Trent Taylor fumbled a punt just one minute into the game. Ninety seconds later, the Dallas Cowboys scored.

And it was over.

The Cowboys steamrolled the 49ers, 40-10, providing a slap across the face to anyone who believed this rebuild of the franchise was trending consistently upward without any complications.

The team appeared to be moving along harmoniously. But on Sunday, there was an incident in which Jaquiski Tartt, Ahkello Witherspoon and Ray-Ray Armstrong were seen jawing at each other. Things got heated. The optics in a home blowout loss were not good.

There are plenty of questions, and here are some of the questions from The Day After that were submitted on our Facebook page:

What is the philosophy? Are we trying to win or develop players? Cause it seems you can't do both? (Frank Vega)
The 49ers are definitely trying to develop players. They are also trying to evaluate players. They are looking to the future, and they are not deploying a win-at-all-cost approach this season. They do not want to win an extra game or two this season at the expense of possibly making the team worse for the future.

That is why the 49ers, almost invariably, went with younger players at any position in which there was competition . . . Eli Harold over Ahmad Brooks; Trent Taylor over Jeremy Kerley; Raheem Mostert over Tim Hightower; etc.

It’s why the 49ers made the decision two weeks ago to part ways with NaVorro Bowman, who had expressed dissatisfaction over his reduced role. Bowman was still the 49ers’ best linebacker at the time. But he would not have been on the team next year, so the decision was made to release Bowman now and go with the other less-accomplished players. (The Raiders, by the way, say 'Thank you.')

Rookie C.J. Beathard is now the starting quarterback. Cole Hikutini has moved into the No. 2 role at tight end behind fellow rookie George Kittle. Ahkello Witherspoon is being weaved into the action at cornerback, splitting time with Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson.

The 49ers did not want to create a mirage. They did not want to win any games this season that would be the result of a veteran rent-a-player approach. In that respect, the 49ers have succeeded. The 49ers will be picking near the top of every round in the 2018 draft.

The risk, of course, is that the young players get beaten down so badly that they lose their confidence and their edge.

What do you make of Eric Reid’s move to LB? Is his time with Niners nearing the end? (Peter Chan)
The 49ers no longer use a “nickel” defense. They go straight from their base defense to six defensive backs whenever the opposition puts more than two wide receivers on the field. It’s not a true linebacker position Reid is playing. It’s considered more of a “big nickel," designed to give the 49ers more speed on third downs to cover and run to the ball.

Reid is no longer a starter. What it shows is that the 49ers are sold on Jaquiski Tartt being a long-term answer for the 49ers secondary. The 49ers view Tartt and Jimmie Ward as the starters for 2018. All things being equal, Reid will have a chance to go somewhere else next season and be a starter.

The 49ers are not committed to re-signing him on a deal that extends beyond this season.

Is it a coincidence that the two worst teams in the NFL have the most cap space? (Gary Staebler)
That is no coincidence at all. It is the very reason the Cleveland Browns and 49ers are the only two winless teams in the NFL.

The Browns have $61.6 million in cap space. The 49ers are currently $61 million under the cap. Next year, with carryovers of unused space, the 49ers and Browns are projected to both have more than $117 million in cap room, according to Overthecap.com.

Bad teams do not draft well.

Teams that do not draft well, do not sign their draft picks to lucrative second contracts.

Therefore, teams that do not draft well cannot spend a large portion of their cap space to retain their own players because they have no good players worth retaining.

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


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:

(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

(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

(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

QB Brian Hoyer

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