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49ers linebacker Reuben Foster named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster has played in just five games this season, but three came during the month of Novemeber.

His performance during the team’s three games of the month were enough to earn him recognition as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month, the league announced on Thursday.

Foster became the fifth 49ers rookie to win a Rookie of the Month award, joining Andre Carter, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith and Chris Borland.

In three games, Foster recorded 30 tackles, including a season-high 14 stops in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 5. Foster has five tackles for loss on the season.

Foster was the No. 31 overall selection in the draft, but the 49ers had him rated behind only No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett and Solomon Thomas, whom the 49ers selected with the third overall pick. He missed games earlier this season due to high ankle and ribs injuries.

49ers snap count: Rookies carry big load on defense

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49ers snap count: Rookies carry big load on defense

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers had five defenders who played all 66 snaps on Sunday in the team’s 31-21 victory over the New York Giants.

Three of those players were rookies, who greatly contributed to the 49ers’ first victory of the season.

Linebacker Reuben Foster, a first-round pick, recorded 10 tackles, including four stops near the line of scrimmage, and allowed just 12 yards in coverage on three pass plays on which he was targeted, according to Pro Football Focus.

Safety Adrian Colbert, a seventh-round draft pick, has taken over as a starter after Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt sustained season-ending broken forearms. Colbert recorded four tackles and showed his range in the deep middle with two passes broken up.

And cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a third-round pick making his third consecutive start since unseating Rashard Robinson, allowed just 24 yards receiving on the four pass plays on which he was targeted.

Also, second-year player Ronald Blair made his second appearance after coming off injured reserve following his recovery from thumb surgery, played 30 snaps and recorded two quarterback sacks, including a forced fumble. The takeaway led to a 49ers touchdown in the second quarter.

On offense, the 49ers compensated for the losses of wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Trent Taylor with a four-player combination that featured Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, rookie Kendrick Bourne and veteran Louis Murphy, who played 27 snaps just days after being signed off the street.

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

OFFENSE
(61 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 61
Running back – Carlos Hyde 46, Kyle Juszczyk 38, Matt Breida 17
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 48, Aldrick Robinson 31, Kendrick Bourne 29, Louis Murphy 27, Victor Bolden 1
Tight end – Garrett Celek 56, Logan Paulsen 12
Offensive line – Joe Staley 61, Daniel Kilgore 61, Laken Tomlinson 61, Trent Brown 61, Brandon Fusco 61

DEFENSE
(66 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 52, Leger Douzable 38, Elvis Dumervil 37, Ronald Blair 30, Earl Mitchell 25, Datone Jones 16, D.J. Jones 14, Tony McDaniel 12
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 66, Brock Coyle 60, Eli Harold 37, Dekoda Watson 21
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 66, Ahkello Witherspoon 66, K’Waun Williams 44, Leon Hall 10
Safety – Eric Reid 66, Adrian Colbert 66

SPECIAL TEAMS
(24 plays)
Watson 19, Mark Nzeocha 15, Bolden 15, Antoine Exum 14, Dexter McCoil 14, Ray-Ray Armstrong 14, Bradley Pinion 12, Greg Mabin 11, Breida 10, Blair 8, Johnson 8, Paulsen 8, Raheem Mostert 7, Witherspoon 7, Colbert 7, Harold 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Celek 6, Hall 6, Robbie Gould 5, Zane Beadles 5, Erik Magnuson 5, Staley 5, Kilgore 5, Tomlinson 5, Brown 5, Coyle 5, D.J. Jones 5, Da.Jones 4, Buckner 4, Douzable 4, Reid 4, Bourne 3, Mitchell 3, Hyde 1, Juszczyk 1, Murphy 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Jimmy Garoppolo

INACTIVE
LB Elijah Lee (knee)
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OT Darrell Williams
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
TE George Kittle (ankle)
DT Solomon Thomas (knee)

49ers snap count: Foster starts and finishes

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49ers snap count: Foster starts and finishes

The return of rookie Reuben Foster signaled the end of Ray-Ray Armstrong’s involvement in the 49ers’ defense.

Foster started on Sunday in the 49ers’ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and played 75 of the team’s 77 snaps. He exited briefly in the second half with a right ankle injury.

“It scared me for a minute,” Foster said. “But it is like a shoulder. It feels like it is gone, but you still have a little nick. All it can do is just get better if you just rehab and listen to the doctors.”

Foster played the weakside linebacker position and led the 49ers with 14 tackles, including one stop for a loss, as he played his most snaps of any game this season. It was only the third game in which Foster has appeared this season. He missed five games with a high right ankle sprain. When he returned to action Oct. 22 against Dallas, he sustained a ribs injury that forced him to miss last week’s game against Philadelphia.

“I feel great. I feel blessed,” Foster said. “I am not injured or hurting. I feel good. I just want to go out there and do it for the fellas.

“It was very important (to finish the game) from a mind standpoint. I have been hurt for the two games that I started. It is bad luck. You just can’t ask God for no injuries or to not get hurt, but if it happens, it happens. I am happy that I finished the game all four quarters.”

Middle linebacker Brock Coyle started at the other inside linebacker position, while Armstrong, who has played a significant role on defense with five starts, was on the field for only one defensive snap.

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

OFFENSE
(74 plays)
Quarterback – C.J. Beathard 74
Running back – Carlos Hyde 56, Matt Breida 17, Kyle Juszczyk 17, Raheem Mostert 1
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 67, Aldrick Robinson 62, Kendrick Bourne 40, Trent Taylor 15, Victor Bolden 6
Tight end – Garrett Celek 55, George Kittle 33
Offensive line – Brandon Fusco 74, Laken Tomlinson 74, Trent Brown 74, Erik Magnuson 74, Daniel Kilgore 73, Zane Beadles 2

DEFENSE
(77 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 64, Leger Douzable 56, Earl Mitchell 48, Datone Jones 41, Ronald Blair 39, Tony McDaniel 17, Elvis Dumervil 15
Linebacker – Reuben Foster 75, Brock Coyle 64, Eli Harold 52, Dekoda Watson 15, Mark Nzeocha 2, Ray-Ray Armstrong 1
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 77, Ahkello Witherspoon 77, Leon Hall 36, Greg Mabin 1
Safety – Eric Reid 77, Adrian Colbert 62, Jaquiski Tartt 19, Dexter McCoil 8

SPECIAL TEAMS
(33 plays)
Watson 27, Armstrong 22, Mostert 22, Nzeocha 22, Harold 21, Bolden 18, Coyle 17, McCoil 17, Bradley Pinion 13, Johnson 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Andy Lee 9, Blair 9, Breida 9, Mabin 9, Bourne 7, Reid 7, Buckner 7, Jones 7, Juszczyk 6, Witherspoon 5, Coyle 5, Douzable 5, Mitchell 5, Taylor 4, Celek 4, Tartt 4, Robbie Gould 2, Cole Hikutini 2, Darrell Williams 2, Fusco 2, Tomlinson 2, Brown 2, Kilgore 2, Beadles 2, Hall 1

DID NOT PLAY
QB Jimmy Garoppolo

INACTIVE
DB K’Waun Williams (quadriceps)
LB Pita Taumoepenu
DL Aaron Lynch (calf)
OT Joe Staley (eye)
OT Garry Gilliam (knee)
DT D.J. Jones (knee)
DT Solomon Thomas (knee)