Snap count: Wilhoite, Bellore bump Hodges to sideline

Snap count: Wilhoite, Bellore bump Hodges to sideline

Linebacker Gerald Hodges started the 49ers’ first three games of the season.

Since the opening of the regular season, Ray-Ray Armstrong, who saw significant time in place of Hodges in certain situations, and starter NaVorro Bowman were lost to season-ending injuries.

But instead of seeing an increased role, Hodges has been pushed to the sideline. Michael Wilhoite on Sunday started his third consecutive game, while special-teams player Nick Bellore started the first and second games of his six-year NFL career.

On Sunday, Hodges played just four snaps in the 49ers’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, a team that produced 312 yards rushing against the downtrodden 49ers defense.

“It’s just the rotation based on what we do during the week during practice, whether we’re going to play Mike or we’re going to play Gerald,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “I know Mike has done a really good job for us when we’ve given him the opportunity. So it’s just based on how we practice and how we train. That’s why we’ve made those decisions.”

Bellore played all 79 of the 49ers’ defensive snaps on Sunday. He was credited with 12 tackles, while Wilhoite recorded seven tackles. Both players had two missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

On offense, rookie Joshua Garnett played all 61 snaps at right guard after replacing Andrew Tiller in the starting lineup.

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 45-16 loss to the Bills:

61 snaps
61-- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
57 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
55 -- WR Quinton Patton
51 -- WR Torrey Smith
32 -- RB Carlos Hyde
30 -- TE Vance McDonald
27 -- TE Garrett Celek
24 -- RB Mike Davis
12 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
10 -- WR Rod Streater
5 -- RB Shaun Draughn
2 -- TE Je’Ron Hamm

79 snaps
79 -- LB Nick Bellore, FS Eric Reid, CB Tramaine Brock, SS Antoine Bethea
74 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
73 -- DL DeForest Buckner
67 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
64 -- DL Arik Armstead
54 -- CB Keith Reaser
44 -- CB Rashard Robinson
41 -- LB Eli Harold
39 -- LB Aaron Lynch
37 -- DL Quinton Dial
19 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
13 -- DL Mike Purcell
11 -- CB Dontae Johnson, LB Tank Carradine
4 -- LB Gerald Hodges
2 -- DL Ronald Blair

Special teams
29 -- Shayne Skov
24 -- Johnson
22 -- Marcus Cromartie, Burbridge
18 -- Purcell, Hodges
17 -- Celek, Hamm
16 -- M.Davis, Reaser
14 -- Bradley Pinion, Draughn,Carradine
12 -- Bellore
11 -- Dial
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Harold
7 -- Kerley, Reid, Brooks
6 -- Lynch
5 -- Keshawn Martin, Streater, Wilhoite
4 -- Phil Dawson, Andrew Tiller, Staley, Beadles, Brown, Garnett, Brock, Robinson
3 -- JaCorey Shepherd
2 -- Patton
1 -- Smith,Blair

Did not play
QB Blaine Gabbert

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
CB Jimmie Ward
S Jaquiski Tartt
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
T John Theus
TE Blake Bell
DL Taylor Hart

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.