49ers snap count: Hodges benched for Wilhoite


49ers snap count: Hodges benched for Wilhoite

SANTA CLARA -- After starting the first three games of the season, Gerald Hodges was benched in the 49ers' 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

Michael Wilhoite started in Hodges’ spot and played all 76 defensive snaps. Even after NaVorro Bowman went down with what is feared to be a season-ending Achilles injury, the 49ers inserted Nick Bellore at linebacker.

“We were trying to get Wilhoite involved a little bit,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “He’s played really well for us in practice and in games and just trying to get Mike in there as the will linebacker. He’s really worked very hard in practice and that’s what we thought we were going to go. That was a decision we made early in the week, to get Mike out there with NaVorro.

“Bellore is always the back up mike, so that’s kind of how that works. So Nick plays the backup mike. Gerald and Mike play the will position and (Bowman) and Bellore play the mike position.”

Hodges did not play any snaps on defense and saw eight plays on special teams.

Rookie Rashard Robinson started at right cornerback in place of injured Jimmie Ward. Keith Reaser replaced Chris Davis as the team’s nickel back. Robinson played 67 snaps, while Reaser was on the field for 24 defensive plays.

“He (Robinson) just had a really good week of practice,” Kelly said. “We kind of put it on practice and then the other thing is we asked Reaser to play some nickel.

“With Rashard, we just left him at one spot and obviously like we said we were going to watch how the week of training went and he did a really nice job in the week of training. We felt like he deserved the opportunity. I thought he stepped up and did some really nice things today.”

Here’s how the 49ers divided their playing time on offense, defense and special teams on Sunday in their 24-17 loss to the Cowboys:

53 snaps
53 -- QB Blaine Gabbert, LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Andrew Tiller, RT Trent Brown.
51 -- WR Quinton Patton, WR Torrey Smith
47 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
44 -- RB Carlos Hyde
39 -- TE Garrett Celek
17 -- RB Shaun Draughn
9 -- WR Aaron Burbridge
5 -- TE Blake Bell
2 -- WR Rod Streater

76 snaps
76 -- FS Eric Reid, LB Michael Wilhoite
74 -- CB Tramaine Brock, SS Antoine Bethea
70 -- DT DeForest Buckner
67 -- CB Rashard Robinson
65 -- LB Ahamd Brooks
52 -- DT Arik Armstead
47 -- LB NaVorro Bowman
45 -- DL Mike Purcelle
37 -- DB Jaquiski Tartt
30 -- LB Eli Harold
29 -- LB Nick Bellore
28 -- DL Quinton Dial
24 -- CB Keith Reaser
21 -- LB Tank Carradine
12 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
7 -- DL Ronald Blair
2 -- CB Chris Davis

Special teams
22 -- Shayne Skov
21 -- Bellore
18 -- Dontae Johnson
17 -- Marcus Cromartie, Burbridge
16 -- Tartt
13 -- Draughn
12 -- Purcell
11 -- Robinson
10 -- Bradley Pinion
9 -- Carradine, C.Davis
8 -- Gerald Hodges, Buckner, Dial
7 -- Kyle Nelson
6 -- Patton, Bell
5 -- Mike Davis, Kerley, Brooks, Reaser
4 -- Phil Dawson, Celek, Reid, Wilhoite
3 -- Joshua Garnett, Staley, Beadles, Tiller, Brown, Streater
2 -- Brock

Did not play
QB Colin Kaepernick
C Marcus Martin
TE Je’Ron Hamm

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Jimmie Ward
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
TE Vance McDonald
OT John Theus
DL Taylor Hart

49ers snap count: Ahkello Witherspoon actually played well, analytics show


49ers snap count: Ahkello Witherspoon actually played well, analytics show

Ahkello Witherspoon was involved in a couple of notable plays in the 49ers’ 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Monday night. But the cornerback was deemed to have an exceptionally good game in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus.

Witherspoon was targeted five times, surrendering only one catch for 11 yards, according to PFF. Moreover, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham didn't catch any of the three passes thrown his way while Witherspoon was in coverage against him.

Witherspoon was called for a debatable 16-yard pass-interference penalty on a play in which Beckham didn't even look back for the ball before Eli Manning’s pass arrived. But Witherspoon didn't look back, either. The play was significant, as it came on the Giants' game-winning drive.

Afterward, Witherspoon was asked if he disagreed with the call.

"I did, but I also disagree with me not turning my head because I could’ve had an opportunity for an interception on that play,” he said.

Witherspoon was in a trail position on Beckham’s 20-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Witherspoon was supposed to have safety help over the top on the play. PFF didn't assign blame to Witherspoon, who let his frustration show after the play.

Here are other notable metrics out of Monday’s game from PFF:

-- Cornerback Richard Sherman was targeted four times and gave up just two catches for 10 yards. He stopped running back Saquon Barkley for a 3-yard loss after a pass completion.

-- The 49ers missed just two tackles all game.

-- Running back Matt Breida graded out as the 49ers’ top offensive player. He gained 101 rushing yards, 65 of which came after contact.

-- Left guard Laken Tomlinson did not allow a QB pressure. Right guard Mike Person allowed only one hurry in 43 pass-blocking snaps.

-- Quarterback Nick Mullens completed just 3 of 9 passes for 12 yards while under pressure. When under duress, he threw an interception and had a passer rating of 3.2.

-- Giants quarterback Eli Manning was under pressure on just seven of his 32 dropbacks.

-- Defensive end Arik Armstead was the 49ers’ top-graded defender. He had two pressures and two run stops while playing 31 snaps.

-- No 49ers player had more than two quarterback pressures. Armstead, Cassius Marsh and DeForest Buckner had two pressures apiece.

-- Linebacker Fred Warner had three run stops and two pass breakups. While in coverage, Warner allowed five receptions on eight targets for 37 yards.

Here are the total numbers of snaps of every 49ers player who saw action:


Total offensive snaps: 73
Quarterback -- Nick Mullens 73
Running back -- Kyle Juszczyk 46, Matt Breida 44, Alfred Morris 14, Matthew Dayes 1
Wide receiver -- Kendrick Bourne 69, Marquise Goodwin 61, Dante Pettis 41, Trent Taylor 7, Richie James 5
Tight end -- George Kittle 71, Garrett Celek 6
Offensive line -- Laken Tomlinson 73, Mike McGlinchey 73, Mike Person 73, Joe Staley 73, Weston Richburg 73


Total defensive snaps: 59
Defensive line -- DeForest Buckner 48, Arik Armstead 31, Solomon Thomas 30, Cassius Marsh 28, Earl Mitchell 22, Sheldon Day 22, Ronald Blair 21, Dekoda Watson 19, D.J. Jones 12
Linebacker -- Fred Warner 59, Malcolm Smith 59, Mark Nzeocha 26
Defensive back -- Antone Exum 59, Jimmie Ward 59, Ahkello Witherspoon 59, Richard Sherman 59, K’Waun Williams 31, D.J. Reed 5

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 30
Tarvarius Moore 25, Nzeocha 24, Elijah Lee 23, Watson 21, Marcell Harris 18, Greg Mabin 16, James 15, Bradley Pinion 13, Exum 13, Marsh 13, Dayes 12, Buckner 12, Ross Dwelley 11, Reed 11, Ward 10, Celek 9, Kyle Nelson 8, Armstead 8, Witherspoon 7, Robbie Gould 6, Jones 6, Garry Gilliam 5, Joshua Garnett 5, Staley 5, Tomlinson 5, McGlinchey 5, Thomas 5, Blair 5, Mitchell 4, Juszczyk 3, Warner 3, Smith 2, Pettis 1, Williams 1

49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin downplays concern over head injuries

49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin downplays concern over head injuries

SANTA CLARA -- Marquise Goodwin received medical attention twice in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Monday.

Twice the wide receiver was examined for head injuries, and twice he returned to the game.

Goodwin downplayed the injuries and concern over his condition afterward. He said the night was no more or less physical than the standard NFL game.

“That is every week,” Goodwin said. “That is the name of the game.”

Goodwin, 27, has been placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol a reported six times in his six-year career, including last year’s season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. He was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after being knocked unconscious from a helmet-to-helmet hit from Rams safety Blake Countess. Goodwin was released, and traveled home with his teammates after the Dec. 31 game.

Goodwin was not immediately diagnosed with a concussion Monday night.

He was injured on a 13-yard reception late in the third quarter on a play in which Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a high hit. After sitting out one play, Goodwin returned for the first play of the fourth quarter.

Later, Goodwin got both hands on a Nick Mullens pass but failed to make the catch, and Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson made an interception off the deflection. Goodwin was injured when he made helmet-to-helmet contact with Goodson on the tackle.

When asked if the 49ers’ medical staff tried to convince him to not go back in the game, Goodwin answered: “I have no idea. They were saying the same thing that they would say when anybody is on the ground, which is to take your time getting up.”

Goodwin returned to the game and had a 26-yard catch and run to set up one final 49ers play from the Giants’ 21-yard line. He played 61 of the 49ers’ 73 offensive snaps and caught four passes for 69 yards.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he has “zero” say whether players are cleared to return from injuries. He leaves those decisions entirely in the medical staff’s hands.

“The guy is a warrior,” 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk said of Goodwin. “We have seen him fight through injury before. It is unfortunate that he has to even experience that. We appreciate him putting his body out there and coming back and giving us a chance to win.”

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