DeForest Buckner

49ers snap count: Tomlinson provides upgrade over Beadles

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49ers snap count: Tomlinson provides upgrade over Beadles

SEATTLE – The 49ers’ defense got a lot of work on Sunday, and now it must bounce back on a short week to face the Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers’ defense was on the field for 82 plays, including penalties, and 38 minutes of the team’s 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The 49ers return to action Thursday night to face teh Rams at Levi's Stadium.

Defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner both played 67 snaps or 82 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps. Defensive backs Dontae Johnson, Rashard Robinson and Jaquiski Tartt played every every snap.

Guard Laken Tomlinson made his first start after being acquired in an Aug. 31 trade from the Detroit Lions. He allowed two quarterback hurries to provide the 49ers with an improvement over Zane Beadles, who ranked last in the NFL among guards after Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus.

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

OFFENSE
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 49
Running back – Carlos Hyde 40, Kyle Juszczyk 17, Matt Breida 9
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 42, Pierre Garçon 39, Trent Taylor 21, Aldrick Robinson 12, Victor Bolden 1
Tight end – George Kittle 43, Garrett Celek 16, Logan Paulsen 5
Offensive line – Joe Staley 49, Trent Brown 49, Daniel Kilgore 49, Brandon Fusco 49, Laken Tomlinson 48, Garry Gilliam 1

DEFENSE
Defensive line – Arik Armstead 67, DeForest Buckner 67, Earl Mitchell 50, Solomon Thomas 48, Aaron Lynch 30, D.J. Jones 23, Elvis Dumervil 22, Tank Carradine 21
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 81, Ray-Ray Armstrong 68, Eli Harold 28, Brock Coyle 6, Dekoda Watson 1
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 82, Rashard Robinson 82, K’Waun Williams 54
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 82, Eric Reid 52, Jimmie Ward 38

SPECIAL TEAMS
Coyle 25, Watson 25, Mostert 22, Adrian Colbert 21, Elijah Lee 19, Celek 18, Asa Jackson 16, Bradley Pinion 14, Harold 14, Johnson 13, Robinson 11, Tartt 11, Breida 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Armstrong 10, Bolden 8, Paulsen 7, Taylor 7, Juszczyk 7, Reid 5, Zane Beadles 3, Robbie Gould 3, Staley 3, Brown 3, Kilgore 3, Fusco 3, Gilliam 3, Buckner 3, Armstead 3, Carradine 3, Mitchell 3, Ward 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB C.J. Beathard

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Lorenzo Jerome, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster (ankle), OL Erik Magnuson, DL Xavier Cooper

Shanahan updates Buckner's status after exiting early in preseason opener

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Shanahan updates Buckner's status after exiting early in preseason opener

Defensive end DeForest Buckner aggravated a low-ankle sprain in the 49ers’ exhibition opener Friday night and is not expected to be available for this week’s game against Denver Broncos.

Buckner originally sustained a left ankle sprain during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 2. He missed three practices. Coach Kyle Shanahan said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Saturday that the plan is for Buckner to be held out of practice this week and not participate in the upcoming exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.

"It won't be a long thing, but I'd be surprised this week versus Denver," Shanahan said. "He keeps doing the same thing over and over again. We're going to rest him a bit and let him get fully healthy."

--Safety Jimmie Ward will undergo some tests Sunday and could be available to be removed off the physically-unable-to-perform list this week, Shanahan said. Ward sustained a hamstring injury during the conditioning test at the beginning of training camp.

--Defensive lineman Ronald Blair (groin) is also doubtful for this week’s game, Shanahan said.

--Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas had a positive first game while seeing action on 28 snaps.

"We wanted him to get out there, play some, get his feet wet, get used to the speed of the game," Shanahan said. "By no means was it all perfect, but I think you guys all saw, he definitely got noticed out there and caused some pressure on the quarterback. He ran to the ball and had a big hit on the sideline."

--Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster saw action at both inside linebacker positions. He played 13 snaps at weakside linebacker and 14 snaps at middle linebacker, Shanahan said.

“We have him playing both positions,” Shanahan said. “He did a good job of making the calls. He wasn’t perfect by any means with his alignments and getting in the right gaps, but he showed why we wanted him. He flies to the ball, he’s a square hitter, good tackler, and got a chance to get his hands on the ball. . . . The more he plays, the better he’s going to get.”

--Undrafted rookie Lorenzo Jerome started at safety played 33 snaps, and Shanahan said he did a “solid job.”

--Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard will not have to wait until the third quarter in the 49ers’ next preseason game to get on the field. Shanahan said it is likely Beathard will be the second quarterback into the team’s next game. Beathard and Matt Barkley are competing for the No. 2 job behind starter Brian Hoyer.

“We haven’t discussed it yet as a staff, but I expect to see C.J. much earlier,” Shanahan said.

--Shanahan had strong praise for defensive lineman Aaron Lynch, who recorded two sacks.

“I was real happy for Aaron,” Shanahan said. “He’s battled his weight this offseason. He came to training camp in as good of shape as I’ve seen him. He’s been doing a good job in practice and you never know if you’re going to get rewarded and how it’s going to play out in a game. But for him to be in the amount of plays he was in (15) and make the number of plays he did, I think he did a very good job.”

Michael Bennett: DeForest Buckner 'not normal; when you're not normal...'

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Michael Bennett: DeForest Buckner 'not normal; when you're not normal...'

49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner grew up in Hawaii.

And he's currently training in his home state with teammate Arik Armstead and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

“I think DeForest, I’m lucky to be working with a guy like that.” Bennett recently told Sam Spangler of KHON2. "I think DeForest will eventually be a defensive player of the year. I think he has the talent to be able to do that.

"I keep telling him there’s nobody like him. He’s not normal."

That's some pretty high praise from a guy who reached the Pro Bowl each of the last two years.

After four years at Oregon, the 49ers took Buckner with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 draft.

He made 15 starts as a rookie and racked up 73 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries.

He was honored with a spot on the NFL's All-Rookie team in a vote of the Pro Football Writers of America.

"His physique, his speed, it’s not normal," Bennett said. "So when you’re not normal you can do not normal things and winning the defensive MVP is not normal for most people.”