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49ers snap count: Dre Greenlaw continues every-down role vs. Packers

49ers snap count: Dre Greenlaw continues every-down role vs. Packers

Rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw played so well in Kwon Alexander’s eight-game absence during the regular season, he has continued in his every-down role.

Greenlaw played 47 of the 49ers’ 63 defensive snaps Sunday in the team’s 37-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium.

Alexander, in his second game back after missing half the season with a torn pectoral, played 20 snaps in the game. Greenlaw registered six tackles, while Alexander was credited with two tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Defensive end Dee Ford saw greater playing time in his second game back. After playing 22 snaps in the 49ers’ divisional-round victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Ford was on the field for 34 defensive plays on Sunday. He had one tackle.

Offensively, the 49ers stuck with their running game. They ran the ball 42 times for 285 yards, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo dropped back to pass just nine times. Garoppolo completed six of eight pass attempts for 77 yards. He was sacked one time.

The 49ers featured primarily two-back sets, as fullback Kyle Juszczyk was on the field for 40 offensive snaps, along with Raheem Mostert (45), Tevin Coleman (eight) and Matt Breida (two) combining for every snap.

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Here is a look at how much everyone on the 49ers played Sunday on offense, defense and special teams:

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 55
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 55
Running back – Raheem Mostert 45, Kyle Juszczyk 40, Tevin Coleman 8, Matt Breida 2
Wide receiver – Deebo Samuel 44, Emmanuel Sanders 41, Kendrick Bourne 14, Richie James 5
Tight end – George Kittle 53, Levine Toilolo 15, Ross Dwelley 8
Offensive line – Ben Garland 55, Laken Tomlinson 55, Mike McGlinchey 55, Joe Staley 55, Mike Person 55
Did not play – QB Nick Mullens, WR Dante Pettis

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 63
Defensive line – Nick Bosa 51, DeForest Buckner 49, Arik Armstead 49, Dee Ford 34, Solomon Thomas 23, Sheldon Day 22, Anthony Zettel 13, Earl Mitchell 13
Linebacker – Fred Warner 63, Dre Greenlaw 47, Kwon Alexander 20
Defensive back – Jimmie Ward 63, Jaquiski Tartt 63, Emmanuel Moseley 63, Richard Sherman 63, K’Waun Williams 53, D.J. Reed 3, Tarvarius Moore 1

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 28
Elijah Lee 20, Mark Nzeocha 20, Moore 19, Mitch Wishnowsky 18, Marcell Harris 18, James 18, Reed 15, Ahkello Witherspoon 13, Bourne 12, Ward 11, Kyle Nelson 10, Dwelley 10, Armstead 10, Buckner 10, Tartt 9, Toilolo 8, Breida 8, Zettel 8, Robbie Gould 7, Daniel Brunskill 7, Justin Skule 7, Tomlinson 7, Staley 7, Garland 7, McGlinchey 7, Juszczyk 4, Moseley 4, Mostert 2, Warner 2, Thomas 2, Day 2, Kittle 1, Coleman 1, Williams 1, Bosa 1, Ford 1, Greenlaw 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
RB Jeff Wilson
CB Dontae Johnson
TE Daniel Helm
LB Azeez Al-Shaair
WR Jordan Matthews
DL Kevin Givens

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NFL Draft 2020: Chase Young motivated by former teammate Nick Bosa

NFL Draft 2020: Chase Young motivated by former teammate Nick Bosa

Nick Bosa might have been the best player in last year’s draft, but the top spot went to a quarterback to fill a need for the team with the No. 1 overall pick.

Things could very well go the same way this year, with the Cincinnati Bengals taking quarterback Joe Burrow with the first selection.

That would leave the consensus top player, Chase Young, for Washington at No. 2.

Again, that player is a defensive end. Again, that player is a defensive end from Ohio State.

“Nick, he's always setting the standard,” Young said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “That's just motivation for me to achieve a lot of real good things.

“It's definitely been a blessing to watch him grow into the player that he is. He's definitely helped me along this passage. He hasn't stopped. I'm just grateful to be able to see him grow.”

The 49ers selected Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick last year after the Arizona Cardinals went with quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1.

Bosa registered nine sacks during the regular season and four more in the postseason. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He and Young also have been in contact as Young goes through the same process Bosa experienced a year ago.

“He just told me to be myself,” Young said. “That's what I have been trying to do the whole time I've been here.”

Young, like Bosa, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. He enters the draft after compiling a more impressive college career than Bosa, who was hampered by injuries throughout his time at Ohio State.

In 34 college games, Young registered 30.5 sacks and 40.5 tackles for loss. Last season, he had 16.5 sacks, all of which came in the first nine games of the season. In 29 games at Ohio State, Bosa had 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss.

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Bosa’s brother, Joey, went to Ohio State, where he was coached by defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Nick Bosa did not have much of a decision where to attend college because the family was already sold on Johnson’s ability to groom defensive linemen.

“I think the technique that ‘Coach J’ teaches in college works in the NFL as well,” Young said. “I'll continue to perfect my technique. The toolbox that I have now, I know that it'll bring me success in the NFL. That's one thing that I took from Nick and Joey.”

Henry Ruggs, who ran 4.27 40-yard dash, met with 49ers during combine

Henry Ruggs, who ran 4.27 40-yard dash, met with 49ers during combine

The 49ers saw firsthand how a blazing-fast receiver like Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs can change a game when Hill's deep catch on third-and-15 swung the momentum in Super Bowl LIV. Henry Ruggs, believe it or not, might be even faster. 

As San Francisco looks to upgrade its receivers for coach Kyle Shanahan's motion-heavy offense, a speedster like Ruggs could be a game-changer. The Alabama receiver said Thursday that he has met with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

Ruggs put on an absolute show Thursday at the combine. After measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Ruggs ran a ridiculous 4.27 40-yard dash. That is the fastest among receivers this year, and the best time thus far at the combine. His time also is tied with current 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin, who could be on his way out of San Francisco, as the fourth-fastest at the combine since 2006.

That was just the start of Ruggs' big day, too. He also recorded a 42-inch vertical leap and had a 10'11" broad jump. His athleticism simply is off the charts. 

Ruggs joins a growing list of receivers the 49ers have met with at the combine. But it seems highly unlikely he will be available for the NFC champions. The 49ers own the No. 31 pick in the draft this year, and a handful of teams ahead of them make sense as a landing spot for Ruggs. 

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Before the combine, Ruggs was selected No. 18 overall by the Miami Dolphins in our latest mock draft. It would be a big surprise to see him fall past the New Orleans Saints at No. 24 overall.

It's clear the 49ers are doing their due diligence on a loaded receiver class and could be eyeing a future star at the end of the first round. Adding Ruggs would be gold to Shanahan's offense.