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49ers snap count: Jullian Taylor makes most of his limited role in win

49ers snap count: Jullian Taylor makes most of his limited role in win

49ers defensive tackle Jullian Taylor suited up for the first two games of the season but found himself on the inactive list when the club decided to go with eight defensive linemen the next three games.

Taylor, the ninth lineman on the team, got his chance Sunday in the 49ers’ 9-0 victory over Washington due to starting nose tackle D.J. Jones’ inability to play due to a hamstring injury.

Taylor played only six snaps in the game, but he made the most of them. He got through the Washington line to wrap up running back Adrian Peterson and, along with Ronald Blair, stopped him for a 1-yard loss on a crucial fourth-down play in the first half.

Then, Taylor recovered a Peterson fumble forced by linebacker Kwon Alexander in the third quarter when Washington was driving, trailingly only 3-0.

“He never knows each week whether he’s going to be up or not based off usually other positions and how we’re going to play that game,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “But it was a huge turning point getting that turnover.”

With Jones out of the lineup, Solomon Thomas made his first start of the season and played 21 snaps. Thomas made two tackles and was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty against Washington quarterback Case Keenum.

DeForest Buckner, Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead led the way on the defensive line, as they played 43, 41 and 40 snaps, respectively.

Although Taylor saw the least action of any of the 49ers’ defensive linemen, he made his presence felt.

“Things like that just boosts the confidence of the defense,” Buckner said. “It also makes you very happy for a guy to get his opportunity again and for him to make big-time plays in a game like this.”

The biggest adjustment the 49ers made on offense was at wide receiver, where Deebo Samuel did not suit up due to a groin injury.

Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin started, but Goodwin played only seven snaps after taking a shot early in the game while going across the middle. Jordan Matthews was active for the first time as a member of the 49ers and played three snaps.

Pettis played 59 of the team’s offensive snaps, but did not catch any passes. Kendrick Bourne saw a significant increase in playing time. He played 57 snaps, and caught three passes for a team-best 69 yards.

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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: 64
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 64
Running back – Tevin Coleman 42, Matt Breida 17, Jeff Wilson 8
Wide receiver – Dante Pettis 59, Kendrick Bourne 57, Richie James 32, Marquise Goodwin 7, Jordan Matthews 3
Tight end – George Kittle 61 Ross Dwelley 24, Levine Toilolo 10
Offensive line – Weston Richburg 64, Laken Tomlinson 64, Mike Person 64, Justin Skule 64, Daniel Brunskill 64
Did not play – Nick Mullens, Ben Garland

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 48
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 43, Nick Bosa 41, Arik Armstead 40, Solomon Thomas 21, Dee Ford 15, Sheldon Day 15, Ronald Blair 12, Jullian Taylor 6
Linebacker – Kwon Alexander 48, Fred Warner 48, Dre Greenlaw 14
Defensive back – Jaquiski Tartt 48, Jimmie Ward 48, Emmanuel Moseley 48, Richard Sherman 48, K’Waun Williams 33

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 26
Dontae Johnson 12, Tarvarius Moore 12, Mark Nzeocha 12, Marcell Harris 11, Raheem Mostert 11, Mitch Wishnowsky 10, Azeez Al-Shaair 10, Greenlaw 9, Wilson 9, D.J. Reed 8, Bourne 8, Garrison Sanborn 6, James 5, Armstead 5, Buckner 5, Ward 5, Sam Young 4, Robbie Gould 4, Person 4, Skule 4, Brunskill 4, Tomlinson 4, Richburg 4, Tartt 3, Toilolo 3, Dwelley 2, Day 1, Thomas 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
WR Deebo Samuel (groin)
LT Joe Staley (leg)
RT Mike McGlinchey (knee)
NT D.J. Jones (hamstring)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday.

For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game.

In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards. He's thrown 25 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions this season.

While Garoppolo's not in the MVP conversation, he's putting up solid numbers as the 49ers continue to rack up wins. But there is one anonymous NFC offensive coach that still hasn't quite bought into Garoppolo.

"I don’t think he can do it consistently, but he did it today," the coach told The Athletic's Mike Sando after the 49ers beat the Saints. "[Drew] Brees moved down the field and scored. That is what you expect. I didn’t know that Garoppolo would be able to do it, but he did it."

Sando noted that in his annual Quarterback Tiers survey, the coach in question had Garoppolo on the second tier in 2017. Last season, after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, the coach moved Garoppolo down to the third tier of NFL quarterbacks.

Whether or not Garoppolo is an elite quarterback is up for debate. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms feels the 49ers quarterback is "really good," but doesn't consider him elite. But what is for certain is that Garoppolo is not a "third tier" quarterback. He doesn't have the gaudy numbers like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, but Garoppolo has a 19-4 career record as a starter in the NFL. That can't be ignored.

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Garoppolo will have another chance to impress the offensive coach Sunday when the 49ers host the Falcons at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

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.