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49ers snap count: Jeff Wilson takes over for limping Matt Breida

49ers snap count: Jeff Wilson takes over for limping Matt Breida

Running back Matt Breida on Sunday aggravated a left ankle sprain that has bothered him since Week 5, so the 49ers turned to undrafted rookie Jeff Wilson to carry the load.

Breida was limited to just 10 plays on offense in the 49ers' 43-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He carried five times for just 6 yards.

Wilson sustained a left foot sprain in the second quarter and went to the locker room for further observation. He returned, and ended the day playing 55 of the 49ers’ 76 offensive snaps.

“It’s the first time playing like that, so I’m pretty sure it’ll take a toll,” said Wilson, who was elevated from the practice squad before last week's game at Tampa Bay. “But I have a young body. I feel like I’ll be all right.”

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Wilson gained 61 yards on 15 rushing attempts. He also caught eight passes for 73 yards.

“Given the circumstances, he ran hard,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I know it was real unfortunate with that fumble, which I still disagree with. He had a pretty bad injury in the game, so he had to come in at halftime. But it was good to see him fight through it and come out there in the second half and help us out.

Wilson’s fumble occurred early in the second quarter at the Seattle 3-yard line, as the 49ers were looking to cut into the Seahawks’ 13-0 lead. It appears as if Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner stripped Wilson of the ball after he was already on the ground.

“Ref called it a fumble, so I guess at the end of the day, it’s a fumble,” Wilson said. “It’s a bonehead play on me. I can’t let it happen. I can’t leave it in the ref’s hands. Just got to build and learn. To have that happen, it’s a dagger. And it’s going to hurt, but I have to learn from it and move forward.”

Referee Clete Blakeman reviewed the play, but did not overturn the original ruling of a fumble.

“I actually talked to the ref, too,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. “He was like, ‘We have seven cameras and not one of them had an angle of it.’ So that’s why they called it. Because it was called on the field as a fumble, so they didn’t have any evidence to overturn it.”

Here are the total numbers of snaps of every 49ers player who saw action on offense, defense and special teams:

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 76
Quarterback – Nick Mullens 76
Running back – Jeff Wilson 55, Kyle Juszczyk 39, Matt Breida 10
Wide receiver – Dante Pettis 71, Kendrick Bourne 67, Richie James 30, Trent Taylor 23
Tight end – George Kittle 67, Garrett Celek 16, Ross Dwelley 2
Offensive line – Joe Staley 76, Laken Tomlinson 76, Weston Richburg 76 Mike Person 76, Mike McGlinchey 76

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 58
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 49, Arik Armstead 36, Earl Mitchell 31, Solomon Thomas 29, Ronald Blair 28, Cassius Marsh 21, Dekoda Watson 4
Linebacker – Malcolm Smith 58, Fred Warner 57, Mark Nzeocha 19, Sheldon Day 18, Jullian Taylor 16, Elijah Lee 2
Defensive back –Marcell Harris 58, Ahkello Witherspoon 57, Richard Sherman 56, K’Waun Williams 39, Antone Exum 29, Jaquiski Tartt 29, Tarvarius Moore 2

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 30
Nzeocha 27, Greg Mabin 22, Exum 18, Marsh 17, James Onwualu 16, Harris 15, Matthew Daye 14, Celek 14, Witherspoon 13, Dwelley 12, Bradley Pinion 11, James 11, Buckner 10, Kyle Nelson 8, Mitchell 8, Wilson 7, Thomas 7, Godwin Igwebuike 6, Juszczyk 6, Tartt 4, Armstead 3, Robbie Gould 2, Garry Gilliam 2, Staley 2, McGlinchey 2, Tomlinson 2, Richburg 2, Warner 2, Blair 2, Taylor 1, Smith 1, Sherman 1, Williams 1

Why ESPN considers Kyle Juszczyk’s 49ers contract NFL's biggest outlier

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Why ESPN considers Kyle Juszczyk’s 49ers contract NFL's biggest outlier

The 49ers paid Kyle Juszczyk handsomely to come aboard -- perhaps too handsomely.

San Francisco inked the fullback to a four-year, $21 million contract prior to the 2017 season, which is well above market rate for the position in today's NFL.

For the last few years, ESPN's Bill Barnwell has ranked the biggest outlier contracts in the NFL, those whose value is much more than the standard at their specific position. 

And for the third year in a row, Juszczyk took home the top prize as the NFL's biggest outlier contract.

"To put his four-year, $21 million deal in context, [Aaron] Donald would need to make about $108 million over three years to be similarly ahead of the defensive tackle market. Russell Wilson's four-year, $140 million extensions would need to be a four-year, $202.9 million deal to rank similarly ahead of the quarterback class," Barnwell writes.

"Nobody has joined the 49ers in rewarding the fullback position, either. Juszczyk is one of just four veteran fullbacks in the league signed to a deal of three seasons or more. The former Raven averages $5.3 million across that deal; the other three players average $5.6 million combined. Most of the league's multiyear deals at the position are rookie contracts, including several undrafted free agents. The only other fullback in the league with an average salary over $2 million is Patrick DiMarco, who is at $2.1 million."

As Barnwell goes on to explain, Juszczyk hasn't excelled as a runner -- rushing just 15 times for 61 yards -- and has fumbled four times in 98 touches, the fourth-worst fumble rate in the NFL.

Juszczyk hasn't thrived as a receiver, either, as he's hauled in 63 passes for 639 yards in the past two seasons, which, as Barnwell points out, is on par with the like of Brandon LaFell and Antonio Gates during that time period. 

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The contract certainly is above market value, but the 49ers did what they had to do (and then some) to get their guy.

49ers' Robbie Gould says family will drive his football decisions

49ers' Robbie Gould says family will drive his football decisions

Kicker Robbie Gould and the 49ers remain in a holding pattern, and Gould said the only motivating factor at this stage of his NFL career is his family.

Gould, 36, spent most of the 2018 season away from his wife and three young boys while serving his second season as the 49ers’ kicker. He signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the 49ers on the first day of free agency in 2017.

Gould has deep roots in Chicago, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career. On Monday, he hosted the Robbie Gould Celebrity Golf Invitational at Medinah Country Club to raise funds for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“This city’s been incredible,” Gould told NBC Sports Chicago. “No matter where I’ve gone, no matter where I’ve lived, no matter where I’ve played, Chicago has always been home.”

The Bears released Gould just prior to the start of the regular season in 2016. The move came back to haunt them, as Gould made 72 of 75 field-goal attempts the past two seasons with the 49ers.

Gould expected to be a free agent at the end of the season, but the 49ers tagged him as their franchise player. Gould has requested a trade, but the 49ers have stated they will not trade him.

He has yet to sign the one-year, $4.971 million tender, and he remained away from the 49ers during the offseason program.

“It’s a complicated situation,” Gould said. “The way I’ve kind of approached it is, I want to spend time with my family. And I let my agent handle it, and if anything comes up that I have to make a decision or be in the know, he’ll call me and let me know. But right now there’s nothing to really know, and I’m just enjoying being home and being in Chicago.

“I’m at a point in my career where my family is what’s going to dictate the decisions that I make.”

The 49ers have stated they would like to sign Gould to an extension. The sides have until July 15 to work out a new multi-year deal. Gould’s scheduled salary does not begin paying him until Week 1 of the regular season -- in the amount of more than $290,000 per week.

The Bears have a need at kicker after releasing Cody Parkey following his potential game-winning kick in the final seconds was partially blocked in a first-round NFL playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gould was in attendance at Soldier Field that day.

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“You want every kicking friend or every kicker in the National Football League to do well,” Gould said. ‘It’s a fraternity. You obviously want him to make it. As a kicker, you can feel for him, for sure.”

The Bears currently have two kickers under contract: Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro. Gould said he is not following the Bears’ situation. Instead, he said he is focusing spending time with his family and going through his daily workouts.