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49ers snap count: Solomon Thomas, Dante Pettis see limited time in Week 1

49ers snap count: Solomon Thomas, Dante Pettis see limited time in Week 1

In the 49ers’ rotation of defensive linemen and wide receivers, Solomon Thomas and Dante Pettis found themselves mostly on the sideline in the team’s 31-17 season-opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Thomas played the eighth-most among the 49ers’ defensive lineman, getting on the field for just 12 of the 49ers’ 70 defensive plays. Pettis, who returned to practice last week from a groin issue, played just two snaps.

“He had health issues, so that’s why he missed a week of practice,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Pettis. “He just got cleared to come back on Monday, so he was a little behind the eight-ball on that. He didn’t start the game and we didn’t have a ton of long drives where we got into the substitutional flow.”

Pettis, a second-round pick in 2018, caught one pass for 7 yards, while rookie Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin were in the starting lineup.

Samuel played 60 snaps, caught three passes for 17 yards in his NFL debut. He lost a fumble at the end of the first half, but also caught a pass from Jimmy Garoppolo for a successful two-point conversion late in the game.

Thomas was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft. On Sunday, he was No. 8 among the team’s defensive linemen, behind DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, D.J. Jones, Ronald Blair and Sheldon Day.

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Thomas was not credited with a tackle.

Bosa, the No. 2 overall draft pick this year, had three tackles and a sack in his NFL debut.

Offense

Total offensive snaps: 68
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 68
Running back – Kyle Juszczyk 32, Matt Breida 30, Raheem Mostert 20, Tevin Coleman 19
Wide receiver – Deebo Samuel 60, Marquise Goodwin 50, Richie James 26, Kendrick Bourne 17, Dante Pettis 2
Tight end – George Kittle 62, Ross Dwelley 12, Levine Toilolo 11
Offensive line – Mike McGlinchey 68, Weston Richburg 68, Laken Tomlinson 67, Joe Staley 66, Mike Person 66, Ben Garland 3, Justin Skule 2
Did not play – Nick Mullens

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 70
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 53, Arik Armstead 47, Dee Ford 41, Nick Bosa 39, D.J. Jones 37, Ronald Blair 29, Sheldon Day 17, Solomon Thomas 12, Jullian Taylor 6
Linebacker – Fred Warner 70, Dre Greenlaw 56, Kwon Alexander 21, Mark Nzeocha 16
Defensive back –Jaquiski Tartt 70, Tarvarius Moore 70, Ahkello Witherspoon 70, Richard Sherman 70, K’Waun Williams 24, Emmanuel Moseley 22

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 25
Moseley 19, Nzeocha 18, Azeez Al-Shaair 16, Mitch Wishnowsky 15, Antone Exum 14, Dwelley 14, Greenlaw 13, Mostert 12, Toilolo 11, Tartt 11, Buckner 11, Armstead 11, Jones 10, Moore 9, Bourne 9, D.J. Reed 8, Colin Holba 8, James 7, Witherspoon 7, Robbie Gould 6, McGlinchey 6, Richburg 6, Tomlinson 6, Staley 6, Person 6, Breida 5, Thomas 4, Juszczyk 2, Warner 1, Ford 1, Bosa 1, Williams 1, Alexander 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
WR Trent Taylor (foot)
WR Jalen Hurd (back)
CB Jason Verrett
DB Jimmie Ward (finger)
OL Daniel Brunskill
TE Kaden Smith

Kwon Alexander impressed with what he saw from Dre Greenlaw, stepping into his role

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Kwon Alexander impressed with what he saw from Dre Greenlaw, stepping into his role

SANTA CLARA – In the locker room following the 49ers’ first loss of the season, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman preached to his teammates about using the 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks as a learning experience.

“Like Sherm said, it’s just what we needed,” 49ers rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

The 49ers entered Monday night as the only unbeaten team in the NFL. They come out of the game with an 8-1 record, and a half-game lead over the Seahawks (8-2) in the NFC West.

“In this league, you’re never going undefeated. But at the same time, it’s a wake-up call," Greenlaw said. "It lets you know you can be beat any night. You got to bring your 'A game' every time. I think from here on out, a lot of guys are going to bring forward their best foot and play and execute and finish out the season strong.”

Greenlaw started Monday’s game in place of Kwon Alexander, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery last week to repair a torn pectoral. Greenlaw recorded eight tackles and had an interception of a Russell Wilson pass in overtime.

The play, along with Greenlaw’s 47-yard interception return, put the 49ers’ offense in position to win the game. But the offense stalled after gaining a first down, and rookie fill-in kicker Chase McLaughlin shanked a 47-yard field goal attempt after making a kick of the same distance to force overtime on the final play of regulation.

“I knew Greenlaw was going to step in,” Alexander said. “I had no doubt about him. I saw it on his face when he first walked through the door.

“He’s been a tremendous rookie, doing everything right, working hard. He put a lot of extra film in this week and it all paid off. He got an interception. I’m proud of him. I’m happy for him. He’s a great young man.”

Greenlaw said he played with a lot of confidence because of the support he received on the field from middle linebacker Fred Warner, along with the encouragement Alexander gave him on the sideline.

“I made some mistakes, but I made some plays,” Greenlaw said. “I felt confident. I knew Fred was going to play his heart out, and he had my back. Having Kwon out there on the sideline, he brought us confidence. I felt good running around.”

Warner said Greenlaw stepped in and did as well as could be expected in taking over for Alexander.

“He honestly stepped in and did a great job,” Warner said of Greenlaw, a fifth-round pick from Arkansas. “I can’t say anything bad. Kwon is a seasoned vet, but Dre came out and played as such. He was communicating great. He got aligned.”

Warner had an exceptional game, as he recorded 10 tackles, including his first two NFL sacks. He forced a fumble that DeForest Buckner returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

What can the 49ers take from this loss?

“Just learn from our mistakes, look at yourself in the mirror and see what you could’ve done and keep moving,” Warner said.

Why Jimmy Garoppolo sees 49ers' loss to Seahawks as 'reality check'

Why Jimmy Garoppolo sees 49ers' loss to Seahawks as 'reality check'

SANTA CLARA -- After the 49ers' heartbreaking 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was confident the offense didn't need a major overhaul to bounce back in Week 11.

Monday's loss at Levi's Stadium was Garoppolo's second-worst game of the season statistically. He completed just 24 of his 46 attempts for 248 yards, throwing one touchdown, one interception and posting a 66.2 passer rating. 

“I think I could throw the ball better, we could catch it better,” Garoppolo said Monday. “It’s a little bit of everything it’s not one specific thing that sticks out. It’s a bit of a reality check for us. We’ll go back and respond this week.”  

Players will never make injuries an excuse but Garoppolo lacked his top options Monday night. George Kittle, his No. 1 target, was inactive. Emmanuel Sanders, who had quickly become Garoppolo's second favorite pass-catcher, left the game in the first half with a rib injury.  

Coach Kyle Shanahan needed to make personnel adjustments during the game and had mixed results. While Deebo Samuel finished the night as the top receiver, catching eight of his 11 targets for 112 yards, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis each failed to record a catch on three targets. 

“The receivers were battling,” Garoppolo said. “We had some injuries happen and people were being mixed and matched in different spots. But I thought overall those guys played well. We’ve just got to make plays when your number’s called.”

Shanahan credited the offense and his QB for making some good plays, but he said they were largely inconsistent. The 49ers trailed by 11 points headed into the fourth quarter, but Shanahan liked that his QB was not rattled facing his largest deficit of the season. 

“Jimmy doesn’t really change,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy is always the same, so there’s no difference there. I think like the whole offense, I thought he battled. I thought he battled very hard. Hung in the pocket for a while. I thought he made some big plays, but I know he made a number of plays he’d like to have back.”

Garoppolo already is looking forward to the week ahead to reduce the offense's mistakes going forward. The 49ers have a short turnaround, playing the Arizona Cardinals for the second time in three weeks Sunday. 

“It’s just about execution at the end of the day,” Garoppolo said. “It’s nothing crazy, just got to go do your job, execute and move on play after play and just do that throughout the entire game. We’ve been good at that, it just, we had a couple hiccups tonight. Just got to correct them and move on.”

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One thing that Garoppolo has no doubt about is that the 49ers will bounce back from their first loss of the season seamlessly. Most of the locker room has lived through two losing seasons under Shanahan, and the QB is confident his teammates will quickly shake off their disappointment.

“You go back and you watch the tape,” Garoppolo said. “You got to be critical on yourself. ‘What could we have done better? What caused this to happen?’ You’ve got to be hard on yourselves. I think we have a good group of guys in there with the right mindset who are going to come into work tomorrow and fight."