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49ers snap count: 22 players see action on defense

49ers snap count: 22 players see action on defense

ATLANTA – One week after seeing his first NFL action at left tackle, 49ers offensive lineman Zane Beadles lined up in a position he had never before played.

With only a few practice snaps on the side during the course of the week, Beadles was pressed into action to play 13 snaps Sunday at center in the 49ers’ 41-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers (1-13) were losers for the 13th consecutive time to extend their own franchise-worst record.

Beadles the second start of his NFL career at left tackle in place of Joe Staley, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. Beadles started the first 11 games of the season at left guard.

“It’s been an interesting couple of weeks,” said Beadles, a seven-year NFL veteran. “That’s something I pride myself on, being able to play multiple positions.”

Beadles got the call to play center ahead of rookie Alex Balducci after Marcus Martin was sidelined with an ankle injury in the second half. Rookie John Theus played 13 snaps at left tackle in his NFL debut.

"For Zane to be able to play three different positions on this offensive line and play at a very high level really speaks to his ability as a player," 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. "Theus coming in, stepping up and holding his own, as well, I think we have players that can step in. We just have to put it all together to get a win."

Twenty-two different 49ers players saw action on defense. The 49ers were especially thin at inside linebacker, where starter Gerald Hodges was benched due to a violation of team rules.

After starter Nick Bellore went down with an elbow injury on the third play of the game, the 49ers used defensive backs Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, at the inside linebacker position.

Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:

Offense
55 -- QB Colin Kaepernick, LT/C Zane Beadles, LG Andrew Tiller, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
52 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
46 -- WR Chris Harper
42 -- C Marcus Martin
34 -- WR Aaron Burbridge, RB Carlos Hyde
29 -- TE Garrett Celek
27 -- TE Je’Ron Hamm
21 -- RB Shaun Draughn
13 -- LT John Theus
10 -- WR Quinton Patton
2 -- TE Blake Bell

Defense
68 -- LB Michael Wilhoite, DB Antoine Bethea
67 -- DB Jaquiski Tartt
65 -- DL DeForest Buckner
62 -- LB Ahmad Brooks
58 -- CB Tramaine Brock
45 -- CB Rashard Robinson
42 -- LB Eli Harold
39 -- DL Chris Jones
27 -- LB Aaron Lynch
25 -- DL Quinton Dial
24 -- CB Jimmie Ward
21 -- CB Dontae Johnson, DB Marcus Cromartie
17 -- CB Keith Reaser
15 -- DL Mike Purcell
14 -- LB Tank Carradine
10 -- DB Vinnie Sunseri, DL Ronald Blair
7 -- DB JaCorey Shepherd
3 -- LB Nick Bellore
1 -- DB Marcus Ball

Special teams
22 -- Sunseri
19 -- Jones
18 -- Draughn, Ball
17 -- Hamm, Streater, Wilhoite, Purcell
16 -- Celek
13 -- Johnson
12 -- Bradley Pinion
11 -- Burbridge, Buckner
10 -- Shepherd
9 -- Kyle Nelson, Robinson, Cromartie
7 -- DuJuan Harris, Lynch, Blair
6 -- Bell, Harold, Carradine
4 -- Tartt, Brooks, Ward, Reaser
2 -- Phil Dawson, Brown, Garnett, Tiller, Kerley, Theus, Brock
1 -- Bethea, Dorsey, Dial, Bellore

Did not play
QB Christian Ponder
OL Alex Balducci

Not active
QB Blaine Gabbert
RB Mike Davis
OL Josh Allen
LB Gerald Hodges
T Joe Staley
WR Torrey Smith
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

49ers' DeForest Buckner named Pro Bowl injury replacement for Fletcher Cox

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49ers' DeForest Buckner named Pro Bowl injury replacement for Fletcher Cox

Move over, Mickey Mouse. DeForest Buckner is headed to Orlando. 

The 49ers defensive lineman will play in his first career Pro Bowl on Jan. 27, as the 24-year-old was named as an injury replacement for Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

Buckner broke out in a big way in his third NFL season. The Oregon product finished the year with a career-high 12 sacks, tying for the 14th-most in the league. He also had the second-most quarterback pressures at his position, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Named an alternate when the NFL announced Pro Bowl rosters in December, Buckner was arguably one of the biggest snubs from the main roster. After Tuesday's news, he won't need to worry about that for much longer. 

49ers hire Kris Kocurek as defensive line coach to replace Jeff Zgonina

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49ers hire Kris Kocurek as defensive line coach to replace Jeff Zgonina

The 49ers hired Kris Kocurek as defensive line coach to replace Jeff Zgonina, who was fired from the position he held with the 49ers the past two years. The team announced the move on Tuesday, as well as the departure of Zgonina. 

“Kris has become one of the most respected defensive line coaches in the NFL over the last decade and has a proven track record of helping his players maximize their abilities,” coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement. “When he recently became available, we acted aggressively to add him to our staff because his philosophy, and the style of play he coaches, fits our scheme and personnel very well. We’re excited to get him in the meeting rooms and onto the field with our players.

“I want to thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication to the 49ers over the last two seasons, as his contributions helped to build the foundation of both our defense and team as a whole. He is not only a good football coach, but also a good man, and we wish him the best personally and professionally.”

Kocurek worked on Adam Gase’s staff with the Miami Dolphins this season. The Jets hired Gase as head coach after the Dolphins fired him.

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Kocurek, 40, spent nine seasons as Detroit Lions defensive line coach before moving to Miami.

He was a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. He appeared in just one NFL game with the Tennessee Titans in 2001 before beginning a career in coaching with stops in the college ranks at Texas Tech, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M-Commerce, West Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin.