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49ers snap count: Matt Breida starts, shines, rests in win vs. Bengals

49ers snap count: Matt Breida starts, shines, rests in win vs. Bengals

Running back Matt Breida made the most of his limited snaps Sunday in the 49ers’ 41-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Breida started but played just 21 snaps of offense. Before he was told to take the rest of the day off, he rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 12 carries. He also caught one pass for 11 yards.

The 49ers made a point to spread the ball around in the running game, as the club played its first game without Tevin Coleman, who sustained a high-ankle sprain in Week 1.

“That was the plan all year,” Breida said. “All of us are great running backs, and all of us are starters.”

Raheem Mostert, whom the 49ers consider one of the top special teams players in the league, did not get much work in the kicking game. But he played 34 snaps at running back and came through with 83 yards rushing on 13 carries to go along with three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

The 49ers promoted Jeff Wilson from the practice squad on Saturday, and he played 15 snaps. Wilson gained 34 yards and his first two NFL touchdowns on 10 rushing attempts.

“We’ve got a bunch of guys that can run the ball,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We were happy that we were able to keep Jeff around here. We knew it was just a matter of time before we were going to need him.

“The guys stepped up huge. Breida, we took care of him in the second half and tried to take away some of the wear and tear on him.”

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel took fewer snaps on Sunday but experienced an increase in production. Samuel, who played 29 of the 49ers’ 72 snaps against the Bengals, caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Dante Pettis played just two snaps in the 49ers’ season-opener at Tampa Bay. On Sunday, he played 35 snaps but did not catch a pass. He completed a 16-yard pass to Mostert on a gadget play.

[RELATED: Grading 49ers' offense, defense in big road win vs. Bengals]

The 49ers had a constant rotation of defensive lineman, as each of the nine linemen who suited up for the game played at least 21 snaps.

Dee Ford played 25 snaps in the first half but did not play in the second half after experiencing irritation in his quad, Shanahan said. Ford was on a stationary bike on the 49ers’ sideline throughout the second half.

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 72
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 72
Running back – Kyle Juszczyk 37, Raheem Mostert 34, Matt Breida 21, Jeff Wilson 15
Wide receiver – Marquise Goodwin 37, Dante Pettis 35, Richie James 33, Deebo Samuel 29, Kendrick Bourne 23
Tight end – George Kittle 48, Levine Toilolo 34, Ross Dwelley 14
Offensive line – Mike McGlinchey 72, Weston Richburg 72, Laken Tomlinson 72, Mike Person 66, Joe Staley 53, Justin Skule 19, Ben Garland 6
Did not play – Nick Mullens

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 70
Defensive line – Arik Armstead 43, D.J. Jones 37, Ronald Blair 35, DeForest Buckner 34, Solomon Thomas 33, Nick Bosa 31, Dee Ford 25, Sheldon Day 24, Jullian Taylor 21
Linebacker – Fred Warner 55, Kwon Alexander 52, Dre Greenlaw 20, Azeez Al-Shaair 15, Mark Nzeocha 1
Defensive back – Tarvarius Moore 70, Ahkello Witherspoon 69, Jaquiski Tartt 55, Richard Sherman 54, K’Waun Williams 50, Emmanuel Moseley 16, Antone Exum 15, D.J. Reed 15

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 31
Moseley 23, Greenlaw 23, Al-Shaair 19, Exum 19, Dwelley 18, Mitch Wishnowsky 17, Reed 15, Bourne 14, Buckner 13, Armstead 13, Jones 13, Moore 13, Wilson 12, Colin Holba 10, James 9, Witherspoon 9, Robbie Gould 9, Tartt 8, McGlinchey 8, Richburg 8, Person 8, Tomlinson 8, Staley 6, Toilolo 6, Mostert 4, Thomas 4, Juszczyk 3, Warner 2, Garland 2, Ford 1, Alexander 1, Kittle 1, Nzeocha 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
RB Tevin Coleman (ankle)
WR Trent Taylor (foot)
WR Jalen Hurd (back)
CB Jason Verrett
DB Jimmie Ward (finger)
OL Daniel Brunskill

49ers inactives: George Kittle, Matt Breida ruled out vs. Cardinals

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49ers inactives: George Kittle, Matt Breida ruled out vs. Cardinals

The 49ers' inactive list Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals made their difficult task official. 

Tight end George Kittle (knee, ankle) -- their leading receiver -- and running back Matt Breida (ankle) -- their leading rusher -- won't suit up in the NFC West matchup at Levi's Stadium. 

Kittle injured his left knee and ankle in Week 9 against the Cardinals, and he didn't play Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Breida, meanwhile, aggravated his sprained ankle in Monday's loss. 

That defeat was San Francisco's first of the season, and the 49ers will have to bounce back without two leading offensive contributors. The 49ers will have wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, however, as he is active after injuring his ribs Monday against Seattle. 

[RELATED: 49ers, seven other teams reportedly attend Kap workout]

As for the Cardinals, former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock is among Arizona's inactives. 

The Cardinals played the 49ers tight when Kittle and Breida played two weeks ago, and San Francisco will need to overcome their absences in order to avoid a second straight loss. 

NFL rumors: 49ers, seven other teams attend Colin Kaepernick workout

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NFL rumors: 49ers, seven other teams attend Colin Kaepernick workout

Colin Kaepernick's venue change for his highly anticipated workout reportedly did not deter the 49ers and seven other NFL teams Saturday. 

San Francisco was one of eight teams to attend the quarterback's workout outside of Atlanta, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported last week that the 49ers would attend. 

The 49ers, of course, were Kaepernick's last NFL team. A 2011 second-round draft pick, Kaepernick started 58 games in six seasons with San Francisco and led the 49ers to back-to-back NFC Championship appearances in 2012 and 2013. Kaepernick quarterbacked the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, finishing yards shy of winning the franchise's sixth Super Bowl. 

The 32-year-old has not played since he opted out of his 49ers contract in 2017, shortly after general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan joined the organization. Kaepernick began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem in the 2016 season to protest racial injustice and police brutality against African Americans, and the 49ers' new regime informed Kaepernick he would be released if he did not opt out of his contract. 

Alongside former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, Kaepernick settled a collusion lawsuit with the NFL in February. Kaepernick's representatives claimed they moved Saturday's workout from the Atlanta Falcons facility to a high school outside of Atlanta due to language in the NFL's waiver release which they described as "unusual." Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio obtained the waiver, writing Sunday that the characterization was "an overstatement of its specific contents," but there was "enough language in the waiver to give a prudent, careful lawyer legitimate concern that an aggressive litigator would later argue that signing the document defeats all potential employment claims that Kaepernick could have made."

As for the 49ers, their attendance Saturday likely doesn't mean they're ready to welcome back Kaepernick into the only organization he has ever known. Shanahan told reporters last season that Kaepernick didn't fit his "style of offense" when the 49ers didn't bring Kaepernick in for a workout after Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. 

[RELATED: Kaepernick tells Goodell, NFL owners to stop running from truth]

The reported remaining teams in attendance were a mix of contenders (Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles), bubble teams (Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions) and also-rans (New York Jets, Washington), each of which has some kind of need at QB. Of course, that hasn't stopped 32 teams from passing up signing Kaepernick since he became a free agent in 2017.

It probably won't stop them in this case, either.