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49ers snap count: How offense compensated with loss of Kyle Juszczyk

49ers snap count: How offense compensated with loss of Kyle Juszczyk

Replacing offensive linemen Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey were the easy part of the changes the 49ers made to their offense Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

After all, the 49ers had few other options than to plug in Justin Skule and Daniel Brunskill to play left tackle and right tackle in the team's 20-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

But replacing injured fullback Kyle Juszczyk took a lot more creativity from coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff.

The 49ers regularly paired George Kittle with backup tight ends Levine Toilolo and Ross Dwelley. And Dwelley saw some action in the backfield as a pseudo-fullback.

“I’m very proud of those guys,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough. There is a lot of different factors that go in. You always kind of change things up when you’re missing tackles, when you’re missing two, changes with the fullback.

“Dwelley did an awesome job with playing fullback most of the day. We gave Kittle a couple also. Some of the stuff that they were playing us, just trying to stop the run, that could get frustrating for receivers and stuff because you want to throw it, but you’ve got to be smart, too.”

Toilolo and Dwelley saw significantly more playing time than they would if Juszczyk were healthy. Juszczyk is expected to miss another 3 to 5 weeks with a knee sprain.

Toilolo played 37 of the 49ers’ 78 offensive snaps, while Dwelley was on the field for 33 snaps. It was the most snaps both have played in a game this season.

The 49ers played with three wide receivers approximately one-third of the time, with Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel each playing more than half of the team’s offensive snaps.

Defensively, Solomon Thomas played the fourth-most snaps of any 49ers defensive lineman. The team’s top pick from the 2017 draft contributed his second quarterback sack of the season, as part of the team’s dominating defensive performance.

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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: 78
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 78
Running back – Tevin Coleman 43, Matt Breida 28, Raheem Mostert 7
Wide receiver – Dante Pettis 56, Marquise Goodwin 48, Deebo Samuel 47, Kendrick Bourne 22, Richie James 4
Tight end – George Kittle 65, Levine Toilolo 37, Ross Dwelley 33,
Offensive line – Weston Richburg 78, Laken Tomlinson 78, Mike Person 78, Justin Skule 76, Daniel Brunskill 78
Did not play – Nick Mullens, Ben Garland

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 53
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 49, Nick Bosa 44, Arik Armstead 41, Solomon Thomas 25, Dee Ford 22, Ronald Blair 15, D.J. Jones 12, Sheldon Day 6
Linebacker – Kwon Alexander 53, Fred Warner 53, Dre Greenlaw 4
Defensive back – Jaquiski Tartt 53, Jimmie Ward 53, Emmanuel Moseley 53, Richard Sherman 48, K’Waun Williams 27, D.J. Reed 20, Dontae Johnson 5

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 26
Tarvarius Moore 20, Mark Nzeocha 19, Greenlaw 19, Marcel Harris 18, Mitch Wishnowsky 17, Mostert 18, Johnson 18, Azeez Al-Shaair 13, Garrison Sanborn 12, Jeff Wilson 12, Reed 10, Buckner 8, Armstead 8, James 8, Toilolo 8, Bourne 7, Tartt 7, Ward 7, Dwelley 6, Robbie Gould 6, Person 6, Richburg 6, Tomlinson 6, Skule 6, Sam Young 6, Brunskill 4, Jones 3, Breida 1, Alexander 1, Warner 1, Moseley 1, Bosa 1, Williams 1, Ford 1, Thomas 1, Alexander 1

Not active

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

Why Marquise Goodwin, 49ers parting ways this offseason makes sense

Why Marquise Goodwin, 49ers parting ways this offseason makes sense

Marquise Goodwin led the 49ers with a career-high 962 receiving yards in 2017. Since then, he has just 581 yards combined in two seasons.

The 29-year-old wide receiver is under contract for the next two seasons, but a change of scenery this offseason could benefit both him and the 49ers.

Through injuries and off-field adversity, Goodwin has played in just 20 regular-season games the last two years. He clearly has fallen down coach Kyle Shanahan's depth chart, and the 49ers parting ways with the seven-year NFL veteran this offseason would give him more time to chase a dream away from the gridiron.

"The Niners would save a little less than $4 million on the salary cap by parting ways with Goodwin, and it would also allow Goodwin, a world-class long jumper, to follow through on his intention to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo," ESPN's Nick Wagoner recently wrote.

Goodwin was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 10 after dealing with multiple knee and foot issues. Though his time with the 49ers might come to an end, Goodwin clearly still believes in himself.

The 49ers' receiving corps likely will be led by Deebo Samuel next season after he opened eyes as a rookie. Kendrick Bourne is expected back as a restricted free agent, and Jalen Hurd and Trent Taylor are returning from injuries.

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The 49ers likely will target a receiver in the draft, as this year's class is loaded. They also could look at adding a veteran in free agency or bringing back Emmanuel Sanders, whom they acquired in a mid-season trade.

Goodwin is on the outside looking in after hauling in just 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown over nine games last season. Sometimes, change is best for both parties.

How 49ers can add more picks in 2020 NFL Draft, according to Peter King

How 49ers can add more picks in 2020 NFL Draft, according to Peter King

The 49ers own the No. 31 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they are extremely short on selections this year after that. 

San Francisco has just one pick in the top 150. After the first round, the 49ers won't be on the clock again until the fifth round. They own two fifth-round picks, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. 

Between the second and fifth rounds, it's completely barren for general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. But NBC Sports' Peter King looked at how San Francisco could accrue more selections this April

Here's what King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column. 

To project the Niners’ path, I looked north for a clue. The arch-rival Seahawks, with ever-restless GM John Schneider, provided an excellent example in 2019 of how to turn one first-round pick into a bevy of picks, replenishing what would have been a thin crop.

The trades:

Seattle traded its first-round pick, 21st overall, to Green Bay for the 30th, 114th and 118th picks.
Seattle traded the 30th pick to the Giants for the 37th, 132nd and 142nd picks.
Seattle traded the 37th pick to Carolina for the 47th and 77th picks. At 47, Seattle picked S Marquise Blair.
Seattle traded the 77th and 118th picks to New England for the 64th pick. At 64, Seattle selected WR DK Metcalf.
Seattle traded the 114th pick to Minnesota for the 120th and 204th picks.
Seattle picked WR Gary Jennings Jr. at 120, S Ugo Amadi at 132, LB Ben Burr-Kiven at 142, and RB Travis Homer at 204.

So Seattle turned pick 21 into picks 47, 64, 120, 132, 142 and 204 ... two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick and one sixth-round pick.

The 49ers lost their second-round pick when they acquired defensive end Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason. They then lost their third- and fourth-round picks when they acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in a midseason trade with the Denver Broncos.

But they added a fifth-round pick in the Sanders trade and a seventh-round pick from the Detroit Lions in a 2018 trade where they shipped away linebacker Eli Harold.

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The 49ers don't have too many holes on their roster after losing to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. However, depth is always a must, as they learned this season. With Jimmie Ward being an unrestricted free agent, the 49ers could target a safety early in the draft. They also likely will have their eyes on a loaded receiver class and depth on the interior offensive line. 

To add picks, though, they might have to take a lesson from their biggest rivals.