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49ers snap count: Emmanuel Sanders keeps busy in win vs. Cardinals

49ers snap count: Emmanuel Sanders keeps busy in win vs. Cardinals

Through his first 10 days as a member of the 49ers, Emmanuel Sanders has played more snaps in two games than any other of the team’s wide receivers.

Sanders has proven in a short period of time to be indispensable. On Thursday, he played 70 of the 49ers’ 74 offensive snaps in a 28-25 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

“I think it’s just all about going out and making plays, not overthinking it,” Sanders said. “You just have to go out and do your job and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to go out and do my job.

“Sometimes I don’t even know if it’s third down or first down, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day when Kyle (Shanahan) calls a play, I have to go out and execute at a high level and that’s what we’re doing as an offense. I feel like that’s the reason we’re having a lot of success.”

Sanders caught seven of the nine passes quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tossed his way Thursday, collecting 112 receiving yards and a touchdown in the win. Six of his seven receptions resulted in a first down or touchdown, and Garoppolo had a 155.6 passer rating when targeting Sanders, according to Pro Football Focus.

Tight end Ross Dwelley saw a significant increase in playing time with George Kittle banged up with a knee injury. Dwelley played 52 snaps, while Kittle was on the field for 51 plays.

Kittle had six receptions for 79 yards. He forced a season-high four missed tackles and now has 11 missed tackles forced which is tied for NFL lead among tight ends, according to PFF.

Dwelley contributed four catches for 29 yards, including a huge 11-yard reception on a third-and-9 play after the two-minute warning to enable the 49ers to run out the clock. Kittle was on the sideline because he felt as if his lack of mobility at that time in the game had become a hindrance to the team.

[RELATED: Grading 49ers' offense, defense in win vs. Cardinals]

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

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 74
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 74
Running back – Tevin Coleman 41, Matt Breida 29, Raheem Mostert 2, Jeff Wilson 2
Wide receiver – Emmanuel Sanders 70, Deebo Samuel 49, Dante Pettis 22, Kendrick Bourne 20, Richie James 12
Tight end – Ross Dwelley 52, George Kittle 51, Levine Toilolo 20
Offensive line – Laken Tomlinson 74, Daniel Brunskill 74, Justin Skule 74, Mike Person 74, Weston Richburg 74

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 57
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 45, Nick Bosa 42, Arik Armstead 36, Dee Ford 27, D.J. Jones 27, Solomon Thomas 20, Ronald Blair 19, Sheldon Day 13
Linebacker – Fred Warner 57, Kwon Alexander 40, Dre Greenlaw 27, Azeez Al-Shaair 4
Defensive back – Jaquiski Tartt 57, Jimmie Ward 57, Emmanuel Moseley 57, Richard Sherman 57, K’Waun Williams 38, D.J. Reed 4

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 26
Mark Nzeocha 22, Tarvarius Moore 22, Dontae Johnson 22, Greenlaw 22, Al-Shaair 22, Marcell Harris 19, Mostert 18, Wilson 14, Mitch Wishnowsky 13, Bourne 10, James 10, Kyle Nelson 9, Tartt 9, Reed 9, Ward 7, Buckner 7, Armstead 7, Jones 7, Dwelley 5, Blair 5, Robbie Gould 4, Sam Young 4, Person 4, Skule 4, Tomlinson 4, Richburg 4, Thomas 3

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
WR Marquise Goodwin
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
LT Joe Staley (leg)
RT Mike McGlinchey (knee)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)
DL Jullian Taylor

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.

Why?

Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.

49ers-Falcons odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 15 game

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49ers-Falcons odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 15 game

The 49ers (11-2) say they aren't taking the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) lightly this week, but Las Vegas might be. 

San Francisco is a massive favorite ahead of Sunday's game at Levi's Stadium, favored by as many as 11 points. It marks the fourth time the 49ers have been double-digit favorites in a game this season, but the NFC West leaders have not covered the spread in any of those prior contests. 

The fourth time could be the charm Sunday as Kyle Shanahan coaches against the Falcons for the first time. Shanahan was Atlanta's offensive coordinator from 2015 through 2016, including during the Falcons' 34-28 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. In other words, prepare yourself for plenty of "28-3" references during the game. 

[RELATED: Why Shanahan isn't worried about Falcons being trap game]

Here's how Las Vegas and experts around the country see Sunday's game playing out.

Line

Caesars: SF -11
Consensus: SF -11
Westgate: SF -10
Wynn: SF -11

Predictions

Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 28, Falcons 21
Vaughn McClure: 49ers 30, Falcons 20
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 28, Falcons 3
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 23, Falcons 10
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL Media: 49ers 40, Falcons 21