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49ers snap count: Three receivers have earned Kyle Shanahan's trust

49ers snap count: Three receivers have earned Kyle Shanahan's trust

Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne have earned the trust of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff.

“We feel those three guys have earned the right to be out there more than the rest,” Shanahan said Monday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “We feel they have been the most consistent and started playing the best here over the last month or so.”

Meanwhile, the 49ers’ other wide receivers have not shown the kind of reliability to earn significant roles on game days, as became evident in the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

“Our three guys have really started to separate themselves a little bit from the group,” Shanahan said.

Sanders and Samuel were on the field for nearly every snap. Sanders took just one play off, while Samuel was on the sideline for just two of the 49ers’ 57 offensive plays. The team’s third receiver, Bourne, played 25 snaps.

Shanahan said he would like the other receivers to earn more playing time just so he can give Sanders and Samuel some rest.

“I don’t like how much they went,” Shanahan said. “I think we do have to rotate a little bit more and keep those guys fresh.”

Richie James saw action on just two plays, and veteran Marquise Goodwin never stepped on the field for an offensive snap. James' biggest contribution came on a block to help Raheem Mostert score on a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Dante Pettis was inactive for the game due to a knee injury. But even before he got injured last week in practice, Pettis had fallen down the depth chart. He had just two receptions for 26 yards in his previous six games. Pettis is likely to miss at least another game with the injury.

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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: 57
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 57
Running back – Raheem Mostert 42, Kyle Juszczyk 26, Tevin Coleman 10, Jeff Wilson 5
Wide receiver – Emmanuel Sanders 56, Deebo Samuel 55, Kendrick Bourne 25, Richie James 2
Tight end – George Kittle 57, Garrett Celek 6, Ross Dwelley 1
Offensive line – Laken Tomlinson 57, Mike Person 57, Mike McGlinchey 57, Weston Richburg 57, Daniel Brunskill 57
Did not play – QB Nick Mullens, OL Ben Garland

Defense

Total defensive snaps: 65
Defensive line – Arik Armstead 61, Nick Bosa 55, DeForest Buckner 54, D.J. Jones 33, Jullian Taylor 24, Solomon Thomas 18, Sheldon Day 17, Jeremiah Valoaga 4
Linebacker – Fred Warner 65, Dre Greenlaw 64, Azeez Al-Shaair 39, Mark Nzeocha 1
Defensive back – Jimmie Ward 65, Ahkello Witherspoon 64, Richard Sherman 63, Jaquiski Tartt 38, Marcell Harris 28, K’Waun Williams 21, Emmanuel Moseley 1

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 20
Tarvarius Moore 16, Elijah Lee 16, Moseley 16, Nzeocha 16, Al-Shaair 14, Harris 12, Mitch Wishnowsky 10, James 10, Celek 8, Ward 8, Armstead 8, Buckner 8, Bourne 7, Dwelley 7, Jones 7, D.J. Reed 6, Kyle Nelson 6, Mostert 6, Justin Skule 4, Robbie Gould 4, Person 4, McGlinchey 4, Tomlinson 4, Richburg 4, Thomas 4, Tartt 3, Juszczyk 2, Wilson 2, Greenlaw 2, Marquise Goodwin 1, Day 1

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
K Chase McLaughlin
WR Dante Pettis
RB Matt Breida
DE Dee Ford
LT Joe Staley
TE Levine Toilolo

Roger Goodell says NFL didn't listen, doesn't mention Colin Kaepernick

Roger Goodell says NFL didn't listen, doesn't mention Colin Kaepernick

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted Friday that the league was wrong for "not listening to NFL players earlier" and that they "encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," but his 81-second video didn't mention former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick first sat, then kneeled during the playing of the national anthem before games in the 2016 season to protest police brutality and institutional racism. The QB's protest has recently received renewed attention, as demonstrations against the same issues spring up around the globe following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, in Minneapolis police custody last Monday.

"We, the [NFL], believe black lives matter," Goodell said Friday. "I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. Without black players, there would be no [NFL] and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality and oppression of black players, coaches, fans and staff.

"We are listening. I am listening. And I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and move forward for a better, more united NFL family."

The commissioner's comments came shortly after the league shared a video of players asking for the NFL to "listen" and admit they were "wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting." Multiple players, including star New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, first shared the video Thursday.

"We will not be silenced," the players said. "We assert our right to peacefully protest."

Protests have taken place nationwide in each of the 10 nights following Floyd's death prior to this story's publication. Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe as Derek Chauvin, a since-fired officer who is white, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. The 46-year-old's death occurred within months of Breonna Taylor, 26, and Ahmaud Arbery, 25, dying, all as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disproportionately affect African Americans. Louisville police fatally shot Taylor in her home while reportedly performing a "no-knock" warrant, and two white men allegedly shot and murdered Arbery as he jogged around his Georgia neighborhood.

Demonstrators have taken the streets to protest the same issues Kaepernick highlighted, nearly four years after he first began protesting. Kaepernick, who agreed to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" after consulting with former Seattle Seahawks long-snapper and Green Beret Nate Boyer, faced criticism for disrespecting the American flag and the country's veterans. Goodell said he didn't "necessarily agree with what [Kaepernick was] doing" in his first public comments after Kaepernick's protest.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” Goodell told The Associated Press on Sept. 7, 2016. “I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Goodell said in 2017 players had a "responsibility" of demonstrating "at the right time and in the right way." The NFL owners approved a national-anthem policy in May 2018 that would've required players to stand on the sideline as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played, but the league and the NFL Players Association announced in July there would be no new policy.

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Kaepernick argued his protest cost him his career in a collusion lawsuit he settled with the league last February. The quarterback opted out of his contract ahead of the 2017 season, when the 49ers told him he'd otherwise be released, and has not been signed since. The NFL organized a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons' facility last November, but Kaepernick pulled out of the workout after the league barred media access and his lawyers deemed a liability waiver "unusual."

"I've been ready for three years, and I've been denied for three years," Kaepernick told reporters after moving the workout to a high school outside of Atlanta. "We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody -- we have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people."

Goodell said in December that the NFL had "moved on" from Kaepernick after he "chose not to take" the opportunity the NFL gave him by moving the workout.

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49ers' George Kittle reveals which NFL players are toughest to block

49ers' George Kittle reveals which NFL players are toughest to block

George Kittle has never kept his love for run-blocking a secret. Any opportunity to drive a defender into the turf is embraced by the 49ers tight end the same way kids greet the arrival of Christmas morning.

During a recent appearance on the “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast with fellow NFL players Will Compton and Taylor Lewan, Kittle revealed two blocking assignments he doesn’t exactly live for.

“Khalil Mack’s tough,” Kittle said. “He’s pretty good. (Jadeveon) Clowney is pretty good too.”

Kittle and Mack faced off late in the 2018 season, during a low-scoring dogfight at Levi’s Stadium between the 49ers and Chicago Bears. Mack got three hits in on quarterback Nick Mullens, but didn’t end up with a sack among his five tackles.

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Clowney was a difficult assignment for the Niners in both matchups last season, although Kittle was inactive for the Seattle Seahawks’ win on "Monday Night Football" in Week 10.

The current free agent had six tackles and five QB hits over those two games against San Francisco, not to mention scoring one of his two touchdowns on the season after scooping up a fumble.

Mack and Kittle could face off when the 49ers and Bears meet during the 2020 preseason on Aug. 29, but it remains to be seen where Clowney will wind up signing in free agency. 

Some have even postulated he could be a fit for the 49ers, if no team is willing to meet a reportedly exorbitant asking price.

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