Snap count: Hyde, Bowman play less, face uncertain futures


Snap count: Hyde, Bowman play less, face uncertain futures

INDIANAPOLIS – Running back Carlos Hyde lost playing time to the “hot hand,” and linebacker NaVorro Bowman spent time on the 49ers’ sideline to remain “fresh.”

Two of the 49ers’ well-known veteran players with uncertain futures beyond this season saw their least-amount of play time for the season on Sunday in the team’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Backup running back Matt Breida played 35 of the 49ers’ 72 offensive plays, while Hyde was on the field for 33 snaps. Third-string running back Raheem Mostert played four snaps.

Bowman, who usually plays every snap, was on the field for 58 of the 49ers’ 76 offensive plays. Brock Coyle, who did not start, played a season-high 25 snaps on defense.

Coach Kyle Shanahan explained his decisions after the game.

“Really, we have three backs that are up,” Shanahan said. “And we try to give them all carries and go with the hot hand. We felt like Breida was the hot hand at the time.

“(Bowman) had a stinger during the game so he went out for a little bit there. We also had plans to take him out of a couple of series throughout the game just to make sure to keep him fresh.”

Bowman confirmed he sustained a mild stinger, but he said the condition did not keep him out of action.

Hyde is in the final year of his original four-year contract and is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season. Bowman appears unlikely to be back on the 49ers next season with salary and bonuses scheduled to pay him $9.45 million in 2018.

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

(72 plays)
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 72
Running back – Matt Breida 35, Kyle Juszczyk 35, Carlos Hyde 33, Raheem Mostert 4
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 63, Marquise Goodwin 55, Trent Taylor 35, Aldrick Robinson 22, Victor Bolden 3
Tight end – George Kittle 40, Garrett Celek 32, Logan Paulsen 3
Offensive line – Joe Staley 72, Trent Brown 72, Daniel Kilgore 72, Brandon Fusco 72, Laken Tomlinson 72

(76 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 67, Solomon Thomas 66, Arik Armstead 53, Earl Mitchell 47, Aaron Lynch 22, Elvis Dumervil 22, D.J. Jones 16, Xavier Cooper 12
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 58, Ray-Ray Armstrong 57, Brock Coyle 25, Eli Harold 24
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 72, Rashard Robinson 62, K’Waun Williams 55, Ahkello Witherspoon 6
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 76, Jimmie Ward 76, Lorenzo Jerome 20

(34 plays)
Coyle 29, Elijah Lee 24, Celek 23, Mosert 23, Harold 21, Bradley Pinion 18, Pita Taumoepenu 16, Bolden 16, Johnson 15, Paulsen 15, Asa Jackson 13, Breida 13, Tartt 12, Kyle Nelson 11, Jerome 11, Armstrong 10, R.Robinson 9, A.Robinson 7, Ward 7, Juszczyk 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Armstead 6, Mitchell 6, Jones 6, Garry Gilliam 5, Zane Beadles 5, Robbie Gould 5, Witherspoon 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Taylor 4, Williams 1

QB C.J. Beathard

WR Kendrick Bourne
DB Eric Reid (knee)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Adrian Colbert (hamstring)
LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
OL Erik Magnuson


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.