Snap count: Top 49ers' defensive picks get a lot of work in preseason opener

Snap count: Top 49ers' defensive picks get a lot of work in preseason opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 49ers’ saw a lot of their top three draft picks in the exhibition opener Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Solomon Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick, and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a third-round pick, both played 28 snaps. Only undrafted rookie safety Lorenzo Jerome saw more action on defense with 33 snaps.

Linebacker Reuben Foster, chosen with the 31st overall pick, played 27 snaps for a defense that limited Kansas City to just 187 total yards in the 49ers’ 27-17 victory.

The 49ers’ medical staff was seen working on Thomas’ left shoulder/neck area in the second half. He remained in the game after Ronald Blair went down with a groin injury. Afterward, Thomas said nothing was wrong. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the medical staff did not advise him of any issue with Thomas.

Thomas had a strong showing in his debut, including a quarterback pressure on his first snap that led to Rashard Robinson’s interception in the first quarter.

Shanahan said he saw one play early in the game in which Thomas could have gotten a big hit but he showed some hesitation in pursuit to the ball.

“I looked up again later in the next quarter and I thought he had the same look and that is when he had zero hesitation,” Shanahan said. “I thought he just ran right through a guy and took him to the sideline.”

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

Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 41, Matt Barkley 35, Brian Hoyer 7
Running back – Matt Breida 28, Tyler McCloskey 27, Joe Williams 25, Raheem Mostert 23, Carlos Hyde 7, Kyle Juszczyk 6
Wide receiver – Kendrick Bourne 35, DeAndre Carter 28, Trent Taylor 28, Victor Bolden 24, DeAndre Smelter 20, Aldrick Robinson 15, Aaron Burbridge 11, Marquise Goodwin 8, Jeremy Kerley 6, Pierre Garçon 4, Tim Patrick 2
Tight end – Vance McDonald 37, Blake Bell 34, Garrett Celek 24, Logan Paulsen 14, Cole Hikutini 11
Offensive line – John Flynn 76, Garry Gilliam 59, Nick Price 58, Tim Barnes 52, John Theus 51, Erik Magnuson 41, Darrell Williams 24, Andrew Lauderdale 17, Trent Brown 8, Daniel Kilgore 7, Brandon Fusco 7, Joe Staley 7, Zane Beadles 7, Richard Levy 1

Defensive line – Solomon Thomas 28, Noble Nwachukwu 24, D.J. Jones 21, Chris Jones 18, Ronald Blair 15, Aaron Lynch 15, Arik Armstead 14, Tank Carradine 11, Earl Mitchell 11, Pita Taumoepenu 10, Quinton Dial 10, DeForest Buckner 6, Elvis Dumervil 2
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 27, Austin Calitro 25, Ray-Ray Armstrong 22, Eli Harold 15, NaVorro Bowman 15, Dekoda Watson 14, Ahmad Brooks 14, Jayson DiManche 7, Sean Porter 4
Cornerback – Ahkello Witherspoon 28, Keith Reaser 27, Will Davis 21, Will Redmond 19, Rashard Robinson 14, Prince Charles Iworah 10, Asa Jackson 10, K’Waun Williams 7
Safety – Lorenzo Jerome 33, Chanceller James 25, Don Jones 19, Vinnie Sunseri 18, Eric Reid 14

Bell 18, Bradley Pinion 15, Don Jones 15, Sunseri 15, Watson 15, DiManche 15, James 14, Davis 13, Kyle Nelson 12, Taumoepenu 12, Iworah 11, Carter 10, Mostert 10, Harald 10, Smelter 10, Redmond 10, Hikutini 9, Celek 8, Jerome 8, Robbie Gould 7, Witherspoon 7, Price 7, Barnes 7, Theus 7, Magnuson 7, Nick Rose 6, Bolden 6, Burbridge 6, Jackson 6, Gilliam 5, Armstrong 5, Paulsen 5, Reaser 5, Kapri Bibbs 4, D.J. Jones 4, Dial 4, Blair 3, Taylor 3, Williams 3, Calitro 3, Lauderdale 3, Levy 3, McDonald 2, Thomas 2, Nwachukwu 2, Chris Jones 2, Tim Hightower 1, Bourne 1, McCloskey 1, Brown 1, Kilgore 1, Fusco 1, Staley 1, Beadles 1, Kerley 1, Patrick 1, Foster 1, Bowman 1, Armstead 1, Reid 1, Robinson 1, Brooks 1, Carradine 1, Mitchell 1, Porter 1

QB Nick Mullens, WR Louis Murphy, FS Jimmie Ward (PUP), S Jaquiski Tartt, CB Dontae Johnson, CB Adrian Colbert, LB Donavin Newsom, LB Brock Coyle, T Erik Magnuson, G Joshua Garnett, TE George Kittle

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.